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The devil now polls 58 percent in America

But which one is the devil?

“The Devil presenting St Augustin with the Book of Vices,” Michael Pacher, 1435-1498

There probably is a way to do the math, but my back-of-a-napkin estimate is that, at the current rate, the Enlightenment will have arrived in America in about 942 more years.

The Washington Post has an article today with this headline: “As organized religion falters, the devil falls on hard times.” It seems that the devil’s numbers have dropped. According to the article, a Gallup poll found that 58 percent of Americans now believe in the devil, down from 68 percent in 2001. The devil polls 20 points higher among Republicans at 78 percent, which is the percentage of the vote that Donald Trump got in my county in 2020.

Things like this make me realize what a naïf I am for thinking that people ought to know better than to spray glyphosate in their gardens, or to drink bleach, or to believe what they hear on television.

I think I need to go pour myself some Scotch and listen to some Beatles.


  1. Henry Sandigo wrote:

    What is “what a naïf I am for thinking”

    Well and also when I reached the age of 15 I realized Father so & so was talking out of his a** – and then when I served in Vietnam and saw so much death I knew neither existed

    Monday, July 31, 2023 at 2:15 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Henry: Note that, in the painting, the priest on the right also is equipped for talking out of his a**, just like Father So & So.

    Monday, July 31, 2023 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

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