Friday, July 6, 2012

Aliens Among Us

Last week, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) released the results of its "Aliens Among Us" poll. The poll was conducted in May of 2012 and was commissioned to bring attention to the new NGC program, "Chasing UFOs" which premiered Friday, June 29, 2012.

While most of the poll's questions were typical of those asked in other polls regarding the beliefs of Americans concerning space aliens and UFOs, NGC senior vice president, Brad Dancer acknowledged not all the questions were serious; but, some were intended to be fun and to measure the impact of pop culture references on these beliefs.

These "fun" questions included: "Who would better handle an alien invasion, President Barack Obama or Republican Challenger, Mitt Romney?" And, "Which superhero would you call in to fight off an alien attack?"

The more serious questions were consistent with the findings of prior polling related to UFOs in revealing the extent of Americans' belief in UFOs. These findings include: 71% of Americans believe in UFOs, 11% are confident they have seen one, 20% claim to know someone who has seen one, and 79% believe the government has kept something about UFOs hidden from the American public.

Since NGC made this a topic of discussion, we thought it a good time to take a closer look at UFOs in our article, "Beam Me Up Scotty". In the article you can also find the answer to which political candidate and which superhero Americans thought would best lead the charge against an alien attack.

What do you think? Take our poll and share your views about extra-terrestrials.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Muslim President - Really?

I found it interesting that, in conjunction with the Alabama and Mississippi primaries, Public Policy Polling thought it would be a good idea to poll the people of my fair state and those in Mississippi to see where those voting in the Republican primary stood on the President’s religion. They found 45% of those polled in Alabama believe him to be a Muslim and 14% consider him a Christian. His numbers were even worse in Mississippi where 52% of those polled believed him to be a Muslim and only 12% a Christian.

Some question the accuracy of these polls which considered responses from only 600 voters. However, maybe the numbers are accurate. Consider the results of similar polling done by Pew Research among conservative Republicans on a national level. In 2009 they found that 18% of conservative Republicans believed the President to be a Muslim. When taking the poll in 2010 the number was on the rise having increased to 34% of conservative Republicans believing him a Muslim.

Maybe the Alabama and Mississippi numbers just reflect a growing trend to believe or paint the President as a Muslim. Regarding the 2010 polling, Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham said he believed the problem the President was having is that“[He] was born a Muslim and that those religious roots affect his governance today. He said that although Obama says he’s a Christian the “seed of Islam” is in him and “the Islamic world sees the president as one of theirs.”



Recently, Graham was a guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and refused to acknowledge the President is a Christian while freely admitting he thought a Republican candidate was a Christian. A week later, Graham apologized stating his regret for “any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama.”



Prior to his apology, it seems Reverend Graham was simply expressing an opinion held by a significant portion of the population. In fact, the Pew polling in 2010 found that 18% of all who were polled still believe the President to be a Muslim, despite his claim of being a Christian.

It seems odd to me that my fellow political conservatives and fellow Christians who continue to try to paint the President as a Muslim refuse to offer any Christian grace that he might actually be just what he proclaims – a Christian. I know what some of you are thinking – blasphemy; but, really? Is it our calling to go around and question the genuineness of everyone who claims to be a Christian?

I realize some will argue that in this case there is no evidence he is a Christian. Okay, let’s go with that. Perhaps he is not. However, there is even less evidence that he is a Muslim. In fact, if he is a Muslim, he is without question the worse Muslim in the history of “Muslimdom”. I know – not a word; but, you get the point.

Just because enough people polled believe something to be true does not make it true. Nor does something become true if you say it often enough. Perhaps it is time to consider the facts and let go of the whole “Obama is a Muslim” mantra. If you are a Republican, or a political conservative, you have many legitimate disagreements and stronger issues to raise concerning the President and his policies (his “birth certificate” is not one of them).

I do get it that preaching to the choir is a lot easier than actually debating the issues. Maybe, I am even wrong. Perhaps, it is true that if you tell a Republican or political conservative something often enough they’ll believe it, despite the facts. I hope that’s not the case.

That’s my opinion. What’s yours?

If you are convinced President Obama is a Muslim, I would very much appreciate you letting me know the basis for that belief. I am certainly open to looking at the facts. Email me at bob@crosswindsfoundation.org