Not surprising at all. As the scales fall from the collective eyes of humanity,
we see more and more clearly the fraud that is religion.
You think Obama is clergy?How is your comment on topic?
@ThomasJeffersonBush was below 42% approval (Obama's current RCP
This is the result when to many clergy abandon honesty and engage in selective
morality in there war against secular society.
I think Pope Francis will restore much of that lost trust. He has taken a
hardline on the abuses of the past. It will take time, but I believe it will
have a profound affect. I would also commend the decision of the
leaders of the Mormon Church to issue historical essays about difficult issues
of the Church's past. These essays have been candid and reach out to those
who were hurt by past practices.It would be interesting to follow up
in a year or two and see if the trend toward distrust of religious institutions
doesn't start to reverse itself.
Trust in general is a fleeting commodity. We no longer trust our elected
representatives, self-proclaimed "scientists" and others who have their
own agenda to promote. The clergy is not trusted because many have abused their
position and strayed into areas that are outside of their calling. Little
positive can result when religion dictates science or science criticizes
I think the East Anglia scandal shows us that trust in "science" and
self proclaimed scientists are also at an all time low.
I would put the internet as no 1 reason. We all know who we are, and what we
practice. Giving your word is nice. Keeping your word is the great.
Considering 85% of the media backed Obama and the rest Bush it is surprising
that Obama is ranked so low. On the other hand what has he done positive for
the country in 5 years? Zero.
It's really not surprising. On the one hand are those who hate what clergy
profess to be true, and will not only deny trusting them regardless of their
honesty, but go out of their way to point out the untrustworthy minorities and
say "Look! Priests aren't so priestly after all!".On
the other hand are an increasing number of pastors acting against their own
supposed beliefs.This is one of countless reasons I'm glad for
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.