Due to illness I will not be posting for a while. My contributors hopefully take up the slack.
I pray that I will be back blogging soon.
A young boy returned home from Hebrew school, washed his hands and sat down to dinner.
His father asked him what he learned that day in school.
His father smiled and asked his son to relate the story the Rabbi told them.
"Sure Dad," the boy said. "Now this story happened a long time ago, before the time of CNN. Before the time of computers, and cell phones. Before even TV. I think it was in the 1920s or so it happened.
"Egypt was ruled by this guy named Pharaoh. I think it means "Nasty Egyptian". And we Jews were his slaves. We didn't like being slaves and prayed to G-d to set us free. G-d heard our prayers and sent us a miracle.
"G-d sent the IDF back in time to rescue the Children of Israel (I think they rescued the parents too.). The Commandos diverted the Egyptian Army while the Children and their parents fled to the Red Sea (It was red because G-d turned the water to blood like in Zombie Killers 3.). There the IDF built Pontoon bridges across the Red Sea for the people to go across. When the Egypt Army tried to follow, the IDF blew up the bridges.
Moshe Dayan (He is the head of the IDF, I think. Rabbi said he was G-d's greatest profits.) lead the Children of Israel (and their parents) to Mount Sinai where Moshe lays down the law, destroys the Golden Calf and leads them to Israel.
"But it took them 40 years because nobody had a GPS and Moshe would not ask for directions."
His father had a look upon his face that was a cross between total astonishment and WTF. "Is this what the Rabbi taught you?"
"No Dad," the boy said. "But you wouldn't believe the crazy story he did tell."
After many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, during which time the Israelites were subjected to backbreaking labor and unbearable horrors, G‑d saw the people's distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: "Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me." But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed G‑d's command. G‑d then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops.
At the stroke of midnight of 15 Nissan in the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), G‑d visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, G‑d spared the Children of Israel, "passing over" their homes-hence the name of the holiday. Pharaoh's resistance was broken, and he virtually chased his former slaves out of the land. The Israelites left in such a hurry, in fact, that the bread they baked as provisions for the way did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day, and began the trek to Mount Sinai and their birth as G‑d's chosen people.
Hell in a Hand basket might be too mild. We are heading towards Hell at warp speed and God only knows when we will crash and burn.
Most people tend to believe that we can “fix this country” by getting the right politicians into power or by implementing certain economic or social reforms. But the reality of the matter is that our problems go far deeper than that. A moral collapse is eating away at the foundations of our society like cancer. If it continues to go unchecked, it will inevitably destroy America. Unfortunately, fixing moral decay is far more difficult than switching out political parties, because it is in the hearts of hundreds of millions of individual Americans. And most people don’t want to hear anything about a “moral collapse”, because most people like to think that the United States is setting a “good example” for the rest of the planet. But as you will see below, that is not the case at all.
And if we are honest with ourselves, we see the evidence of this moral collapse all around us every day. Just consider a few of the news stories that we have seen recently…
What would cause a high school kid to take two kitchen knives and go on a stabbing rampage through his school?
What would cause a topless woman to ransack a McDonald’s in St. Petersburg, Florida?
What would cause two 18-year-old boys to beat a 30-year-old mentally-disabled man to death with a baseball bat just so they could get his XBox?
What would cause a new father to put his 6-week-old daughter in a freezer to keep her from crying?
A lot of people regard those kinds of stories as “isolated incidents”, but as you will see below, they are actually representative of a much larger trend. As a society, we are decaying from the inside out, and we need to start facing the truth if we are ever going to get this turned around. The following are 100 facts about the moral collapse of America that are almost too crazy to believe…
#1 Approximately one-third of the entire population of the United States (110 million people) currently has a sexually transmitted disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
#2 Every single year, there are 20 million new STD cases in America.
#3 America has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.
#4 Americans in the 15 to 24-year-old age group account for about 50 percentof all new STD cases each year.
#5 It costs our nation approximately 16 billion dollars a year to treat our sexually transmitted diseases.
#6 According to one survey, 24 percent of all U.S. teens that have STDs say that they still have unprotected sex.
#7 In Chicago, public school kindergarten teachers are now required to set aside 30 minutes a month for sex education.
#8 The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the entire industrialized world.
#9 According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately two-thirds of all Americans in the 15 to 24-year-old age bracket have engaged in oral sex.
#10 At this point, one out of every four teen girls in the U.S. has at least one sexually transmitted disease.
#11 According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, there are747,408 registered sex offenders in the United States.
#12 There are 106,216 registered sex offenders in the state of California alone.
#13 18 percent of all women in the United States say that they have been raped at some point in their lives.
#14 More than 50 percent of all rapes take place within one mile of the home.
#15 Teens that are in the 16 to 19-year-old age bracket are 3 1/2 times more likely than the general population “to be the victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.”
#16 60 percent of male sex abuse victims and 80 percent of female sex abuse victims “are abused by someone known to the child or the child’s family.”
#17 It is estimated that one out of every four girls will be sexually abused before they become adults.
#18 An astounding 30 percent of all Internet traffic now goes to adult websites.
#19 70 percent of all men in the 18 to 24-year-old age bracket visit at least one adult website each month.
#20 The average high school boy spends two hours on adult websites every single week.
#21 Law enforcement officials estimate that about 600,000 Americans and about 65,000 Canadians are trading dirty child pictures online.
#22 It has been estimated that 89 percent of all pornography is produced in the United States.
#23 One survey discovered that 25 percent of all employees that have Internet access in America visit sex websites while they are at work.
#24 The marriage rate in the United States has fallen to an all-time low. Right now it is sitting at a yearly rate of 6.8 marriages per 1000 people.
#25 In the United States today, more than half of all couples “move in together” before they get married.
#26 Not surprisingly, an all-time low 44.2 percent of all Americans in the 25 to 34-year-old age bracket are married at this point.
#27 America has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.
#28 America has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.
#29 100 years ago, 4.52 people were living in the average U.S. household, but now the average U.S. household only consists of 2.59 people.
#30 According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married. Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.
#31 For women under the age of 30 in the United States, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.
#32 At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father.
#33 In 1970, the average woman had her first child when she was 21.4 years old. Now the average woman has her first child when she is 25.6 years old.
#34 In a massacre that is almost unspeakable, more than 56 million American babies have been slaughtered in this country since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.
#35 Approximately 47 percent of the women that get an abortion each year in the United States have also had a previous abortion.
#36 The number of American babies killed by abortion each year is roughly equal to the number of U.S. military deaths that have occurred in all of the wars that the United States has ever been involved in combined.
#37 About one-third of all American women will have had an abortion by the age of 45.
#38 Approximately 3,000 Americans lost their lives as a result of the destruction of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. Every single day, more than 3,000 American babies are killed by abortion when you include all forms of abortion.
#39 The United States has the highest abortion rate in the western world.
#40 It has been reported that a staggering 41 percent of all New York City pregnancies end in abortion.
#41 Most women that get abortions in the United States claim to be Christian. Protestant women get 42 percent of all abortions and Catholic women get 27 percent of all abortions.
#42 According to Pastor Clenard Childress, approximately 52 percent of all African-American pregnancies now end in abortion.
#43 About 18 percent of all abortions in the United States each year are performed on teenagers.
#44 One very shocking study found that 86 percent of all abortions are done for the sake of convenience.
#45 A Department of Homeland Security report that was released in January 2012 says that if you are “anti-abortion”, you are a potential terrorist.
#46 Some abortion clinics have been caught selling aborted baby parts to medical researchers.
#47 Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger once said the following…
“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”But now she is praised in the halls of the U.S. Congress.
#48 Planned Parenthood performs more than 300,000 abortions every single year.
#49 Planned Parenthood specifically targets the poor. A staggering 72 percent of Planned Parenthood’s “customers” have incomes that are either equal to or beneath 150 percent of the federal poverty level. And most of those “customers” live in minority neighborhoods.
#50 There are 30 Planned Parenthood executives that make more than $200,000 a year. A few of them actually make more than $300,000 a year.
#51 Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government every single year.
#52 The FDA is actually considering making it legal for doctors and scientists to create “three parent babies” in the United States.
#53 An all-time high 59 percent of all Americans believe that the traditional definition of marriage needs to be changed.
#54 The number of sexual assaults in the U.S. military is at an all-time high, and the majority of them are male on male.
#55 During 2012, more than 85,000 military veterans were formally treated for sexual abuse that they suffered while serving in the U.S. military.
#56 The number of active members of the U.S. military that kill themselves each year now exceeds the number that are dying on the battlefield.
#57 According to one absolutely shocking study, 22 military veterans kill themselves in the United States every single day.
#58 America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a wide margin.
#59 In America today, there are 60 million people that abuse alcohol and there are 22 million people that use illegal drugs.
#60 Incredibly, more than 11 percent of all Americans that are 12 years of age or older admit that they have driven home under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year.
#61 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug. An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.
#62 According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years old say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.
#63 Americans spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs each year.
#64 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants each year.
#65 Right now, there are 70 million Americans that are on mind-altering drugs of one form or another.
#66 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe are.
#67 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.
#68 America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.
#69 According to the federal government, the number of heroin addicts in the United States has more than doubled since 2002.
#70 The number of heroin-related overdose deaths has risen 84 percent just since 2010.
#71 It is hard to believe, but 56 percent of all Americans now have “subprime credit”.
#72 Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese. Mexico is #2.
#73 Only one state in the entire country has an obesity rate of under 20 percent. 11 states have an obesity rate of over 30 percent.
#74 Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese, but it is being projected that 42 percent of all Americans could be obese by the year 2030.
#75 Corruption is rampant throughout our society. In fact, America leads the world in money given to fake charities.
#76 Without strong families, our young people are constantly in search of an identity. According to the FBI, there are now more than 1.4 million gang members involved in the 33,000 active criminal gangs in the United States.
#77 In 2012, the latest full year that we have numbers for, the rate of violent crime in the United States increased by 15 percent.
#78 The average young American will spend 10,000 hours playing video games before the age of 21.
#79 One study discovered that 88 percent of all Americans from age 8 to age 18 play video games, and that approximately four times as many boys are addicted to video games as girls are.
#80 Average SAT scores have been falling for years, and the level of education that our kids are receiving in most of our public schools is a total joke.
#81 At this point, 15-year-olds that attend U.S. public schools do not even rank in the top half of all industrialized nations when it comes to math or science literacy.
#82 We live a time when most employers no longer care about their employees. As I wrote about the other day, a company that Warren Buffett has a controlling interest in has decided to shut down a factory in Kentucky and move it to Honduras just so that he can make a little bit more money. As a result, 600 workers are going to lose their jobs.
#83 There are more than 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States every single year.
#84 According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 60 percent of all Americans believe that “humans and other living things have evolved over time”, while only 33 percent of respondents rejected this statement.
#85 Nearly one-fifth of all U.S. adults have no religious affiliation whatsoever. Back in 1972, only 7 percent of all U.S. adults had no religious affiliation.
#86 The number of Americans with no religious affiliation has grown by 25 percent over the past five years.
#87 The younger you are, the more likely you are not to be affiliated with a religion. 9 percent of all U.S. adults that are 65 or older have no religious affiliation, but a whopping 32 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 have no religious affiliation.
#88 88 percent of those that are religiously unaffiliated “are not looking for religion”.
#89 73 percent of the religiously unaffiliated support gay marriage and 72 percent of the religiously unaffiliated support legalized abortion.
#90 The religiously unaffiliated now make up 24 percent of all registered voters “who are Democrats or lean Democratic”.
#91 For the first time ever, Protestants do not make up a majority of the U.S. population. In 2007, Protestants made up 53 percent of the U.S. population, but now they only make up 48 percent of the U.S. population. Way back in 1972, Protestants made up 62 percent of the U.S. population.
#92 29 percent of all U.S. adults “seldom or never attend religious services”.
#93 51 percent of all U.S. adults believe that churches and other religious organizations “are too concerned with money and power”.
#94 66 percent of all U.S. adults believe that religion is “losing its influence on American life”.
#95 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans with “no religion” more than doubled between 1990 and 2008.
#96 According to the American Religious Identification Survey, only 76 percent of all Americans identified themselves as “Christian” of one type or another in 2008. Back in 1990, 86 percent of all Americans identified themselves as “Christian” of one type or another.
#97 A study conducted by the Barna Group discovered that nearly 60 percentof all Christians from 15 years of age to 29 years of age are no longer actively involved in any church.
#98 It is being projected that the percentage of Americans attending church in 2050 will be about half of what it is today.
#99 One survey conducted a while back found that 52 percent of all American Christians believe that “at least some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life”.
#100 According to LifeWay Research, 46 percent of all Americans never even think about whether they will go to heaven or not.