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How often do you attend a religious service?

Response Percent Votes
Rarely or never.
 
50% 557
Once a week.
 
27% 298
Once a year.
 
8% 98
Two or more times per week.
 
7% 87
Once a month.
 
5% 59
Total 1099

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clovis_sangrail 2 years, 8 months ago

Due to some irregularities in the wine inventory and alleged transgressions and malfeasance in the course of service when I was an altar boy, I am no longer allowed upon consecrated ground.

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Liberty275 2 years, 8 months ago

1985 or so. My girlfriend at the time was into god and she wouldn't fool around later if I didn't go to church with her. Unfortunately, she was episcopalian which meant lots of kneeling. I did like the incense though.

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overplayedhistory 2 years, 8 months ago

Rarely or never is my answer, unless I get to define what a religious service is. "Rantings of and pertaining to the subject of religion and government" is what this thread should of been titled.

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KSChick1 2 years, 8 months ago

I don't believe in god or jesus. I don't believe in prayer...I make wishes while blowing candles out on birthday cakes...and I think prayer is about the same thing...but if it comforts you in some way, go on and do it. Just don't expect me to believe, go to church, or listen to it when you talk about faith and religion. When I die, I expect things to end, just wink out like a light. And I'm looking forward to that.

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 8 months ago

I also contend that "politics in the pulpit" and the "pulpit in politics" is the reason why people are not wanting to attend church.

Again I say that the Religious Rite will cause the end of the US Christian Church as we know it, as it has traditionally been. I blame it all on politics.

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Kim Murphree 2 years, 8 months ago

I think that religious attendance varies during people's lifetimes. Personally, I attended when I was a kid with my parents, stopped altogether as a teenager, went back to Church in my late 20's as part of a personal journey of faith, and have been attending church again once a week for many years. I love the people, the feeling of the spirit that is present when we discuss Christ and His sacrifice for us--when we plan charitable programs and take joy in serving others. I avoid political discussions, because I believe when you begin to marry religion/spirituality/faith with politics, the dangerous downward cycle of violence takes hold-- I do not agree with Bill Maher and those who say religion is at the heart of all things terrible--in fact, it I believe that faith and religion are at the heart of many things good in this world--including the knowledge that we are all brothers and sisters, and that all that we have comes from God---those opporutnities we have to share our talents--those are not made by us, as much as we might want to think that----I also know from my perspective in faith that those who cloak their willingness to do violence in the name of their beliefs--whatever they may be--are decieved---weak individuals who are seeking acceptance and/or using the tenants of religious or other beliefs to amass power for their own selfish purposes. That is not religion--or faith--or any ethical philosophy---it is greed, avarice, and the unrighteous desire for power over others. I have to say that I also believe that Marx was right when he proposed the idea that some religious interpretations come from the popular economic philosophies of the day--in his time, opiate of the masses was his characterization of the man-made popular interpretation of scipture that told poor suffering working-class individuals to not seek after anything better for themselves but suffer through this life for a reward in heaven--girls, does that sound familiar?) --but I differ with Marx in that I believe that it was not religion itself of the doctrines of Christ that led to that misery---it was the intepretations of Christianity promulgated by some religious leaders of the day (Industiral Revolution) who misused and twisted the scriptures to support their economic agenda. So, if you ask me, I believe that all suffering inflicted by human beings on other human beings; violence, war, indifference, at its heart, is more about supporting and increasing economic disparities, then they it is about religion.

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Laura Wilson 2 years, 8 months ago

I have a lot of friends who were raised Christian and say they're Christians and they never go to church. Only a few go regularly. I'm not a Christian and I go nearly every week and often attend classes on a weeknight. I just find this interesting. For many church is about community and social activities and not actual religion. Just saying you're attending a religious service means nothing if you don't actually believe or want to question and learn. Calling yourself a Christian means nothing if you don't actually believe in the tenets of the religion but also live them, or at least attempting to.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

You mean to tell me that the Catholics have a statute of Marion in their church and you can light a candle to it? Will that keep you from catching the flu?

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panzermike007 2 years, 8 months ago

Haven't been to a mass since 1973, and don't intend to start now.

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gvnobas 2 years, 8 months ago

Every single day. The rest of you can move to secular Europe. Though I should say some nations in that continent have retained their Christian heritage.

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rrpostal 2 years, 8 months ago

This actually give me hope that one day we will not be the punchline to a joke in a country that is itself becoming the punchline of a joke. I would never want religion to be forcibly removed. But one day it would be wonderful that when people claim a personal relationship with the ruler of the universe, we actually stop to think about what they are suggesting. I hope that we can find a similar sense of community, however, without the magic or supernatural thinking.

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CreatureComforts 2 years, 8 months ago

I go to church as much as a I can...it usually averages out to every other weekend. I am not overly religious by any means, and I have a lot of qualms with my church (Catholic). That being said, there is something about going to church that I enjoy. It provides a sense of comfort, peace and community that I enjoy, and I cannot really explain why. Even if I do not believe everything that is being fed to me, I still enjoy going.

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George_Braziller 2 years, 8 months ago

I know a woman in her 70s who considers herself an Atheist Catholic. She attends Mass every Sunday, a bible study group on Tuesday, and a prayer group on Wednesday night.

She doesn't believe in God, but she's interested in the bible as a document and the rituals associated with it.

A very fascinating woman.

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David Albertson 2 years, 8 months ago

Why are Christians so racist, hateful and intolerant?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

It is my assertion that Richard Perry, Jerry Moran and Sam Brownback worship our tax dollars and power. These people are NOT any closer to God than anyone else .... probably not as close as those they steal from and lie to.....

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

Fellowship can be garnered in an auto repair shop, a college art department,a group of bicyclists, at a local nursery, a neighborhood association gathering, a favorite cafe,a favorite brewery,at a bike shop, a Peace and Justice group, in federal prison etc etc etc.

Just about anywhere that the sharing of similar interests, ideals, or experiences, as by reason of profession, religion, nationality or whatever takes place.

Fellowship can be garnered by a group that which believes in large oak trees.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 8 months ago

I go to church when I go to sing in the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, and Kiowa languages. Nice to know the missionaries didn't kill our languages. Yokoke Chahta anumpuli.

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beatrice 2 years, 8 months ago

"rarely or never" should be split into separate categories. Indicating that the answer may imply an agreeance with religious services but only going "rarely" for whatever reason is far different than a complete rejection of organized religion (at least) and "never" going. If you reject completely the need to ever go to a religious service, then rarely and never are miles apart. Would you comfortably answer "rarely or never" if the question was "How often do you steal?" or "How often do you attend a Klan rally?" (Not trying to compare a Klan rally with other religious services, just using it as an example that almost all people reject outright as something they would "never" attend no matter what.)

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Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 8 months ago

So much for the "vast majority" of Kansans purportedly clamoring for a return to the Bible and ole-timey Christian Values as sanctioned by Brownback.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

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tange 2 years, 8 months ago

Faith Forum, whenever it pops up in the "Popular" list.

/ where I suppose I'm generally guilty of disservice.

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Deja Coffin 2 years, 8 months ago

I try to go to Sunday School and Church every Sunday. Today I have two sick kiddos so we weren't able to make it and be honest there are weeks where we're being lazy and just don't get around in the morning but the goal is to always go. I also go to Bible Study on Tuesday nights that has not only benefited me in better understanding the Bible but has given me a great group of ladies to bond with. That group of ladies reminds me of the saying, "Shared Joy is Doubled Joy but Shared Sorrow is Half Sorrow." I think no matter your religious preference or lack of preference every person needs a good group of people that they can meet with and freely share their joys and sorrows in life.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 8 months ago

People of "religion" seem to forget some of the very teachings of the Christian religion. Jesus himself scorned those who made great public display of their religion and prayer. But look at the huge display that the governer of Texas just staged and attracted, yup, good ole Kansas Brownbackwards, the only other state governer to be pulled into this garish whoop-te-do. They seem to forget the admonition of Christ to go into their secret place and pray to their God who is also in secret. Whaddya think of that Gov. Perry??

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panzermike007 2 years, 8 months ago

Merrill, is there nothing that will stop you from puking your cut ans paste garbage?

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riverdrifter 2 years, 8 months ago

When somebody dies or gets married.

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Spangler 2 years, 8 months ago

Attending a religious meeting makes you spiritual just as standing in a garage makes you an automobile.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

It's great ammo for Brownback and Rick Perry as they are convinced that americans have removed God from their lives. The bogus christians are at it again

Going to church and spirituality or belief in higher powers have nothing to do with each other.

Politics and God have nothing to do with each other:

Remember Texas!!!

The repub party has a long history of economic destruction and crime to include Iran-Contra and Watergate. Like or not a consistent and disturbing pattern has developed by their choosing.

After spending so so many decades in Washington D.C on tax dollar payrolls republicans are sure they learned all they needed to know about OUR money and founding reckless economies. Republicans have much experience under their belts and they never quit sharing.

For openers...

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  2. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion) http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  3. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  4. Bush and Henry Paulson blew the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

And that tax cuts do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs.

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 8 months ago

Gee, I wonder what inspired this little poll. LOL!! Will it be on the up-and-up or manipulated in some way, this poll?

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