February 26, 2008


Hindus have the lowest divorce rate in US: Survey (Aziz Haniffa, February 26, 2008, Rediff)

Not only are the Hindus and Mormons the most likely to be married (78 percent and 71 percent respectively), but also the most likely to be married to someone within their own faith (90 percent and 83 percent respectively), a landmark survey that details the religious affiliation of the American public and explores the remarkable dynamism taking place in the US religious marketplace has found.

The study, titled the US Religious Landscape Survey, released on Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, also found that Hindus also have the lowest divorce rate of any group --only 5 percent have been divorced.

It also noted that nearly half of Hindus in the US, one-third of Jews and a quarter of Buddhists have obtained postgraduate education, compared with only about one-in-10 of the adult population overall.

Yet the Right thinks there should be quotas on them?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 26, 2008 7:29 AM

You have demonstrated that the expression, "the right," has no content. Is it not obvious that so-called "nativist" elements are no more than fools to be manipulated?

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 26, 2008 7:59 AM

Few things are more important than that conservatives realize that their own Darwinist Right is just as vile as the far Left.

Posted by: oj at February 26, 2008 8:35 AM

The far right may be as vile as the far left, but they're not in a position to force their view of the world on the whole planet as their counterparts on the left have done.

Posted by: erp at February 26, 2008 10:43 AM

I enjoy this blog on most issues but am vexed by your inability to differentiate between legal and illegal immigration. By being blase about the latter, you have allowed the country to make the former harder. I am for immigration - of the legal variety. A country has the right to choose who it lets in. And, FYI, I am a legal naturalized Hindu citizen.

Posted by: Verinder Syal at February 26, 2008 11:06 AM

There's no difference between legal and illegal immigrants, just between people who think immigrants should be illegal and Americans.

Posted by: oj at February 26, 2008 1:00 PM

I want more Indians & fewer Mexicans, which means we need to control our borders and streamline the legal immigration process.

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at February 26, 2008 1:55 PM

Ah, OJ, that's just it. To the far Right, there is a difference. They would not push or vote for quotas, but once racist Democrats have gotten them, the Law must be enforced. Far as I can tell, the law has stopped being an imperfect tool used by imperfect people; It has become an Icon that must not bend, much like the Constitution is for some people. Thus the frothing about how Bush and McCain have Betrayed us all with campaign finance reform. No thought is given on the far Right that a little bending now may save you from breaking later.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at February 26, 2008 2:56 PM

V-Syal: OJ has this thing about certain distinctions not being fit topics of conversation for "decent" people.

He fully recognizes the distinctions but just chooses to ignore them for a higher purpose.

In this case, I believe it is the noble cause of discrediting the racist "darwinist" Right.

OJ takes the same approach with nationalism...

Plus, it really is impressive how complex the chain of reasoning is that leads OJ to his position re: immigration. "Nonsense on stilts" is spot on to me.

Of course, he's reached the right conclusion. It's jsut that he's gotten there via a kooky route...

Finally, I'm confident OJ actually agrees with you. He just refuses to acknowledge it in order to lay into the bad guys...

Posted by: Benny at February 26, 2008 3:32 PM


Bingo! Immigration controls are always about nothing more than picking and choosing by race.

Posted by: oj at February 26, 2008 5:24 PM

And the current system picks & chooses by who's closest geographically. That's better how?

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at February 26, 2008 5:56 PM

Nativism is Nationalism. America just isn't a nation.

Posted by: oj at February 26, 2008 9:24 PM

Whatever "America" is, I think we should get to choose our new recruits by some criterion other than who's most willing and able to break the law and sneak across a border.

At least the "cross shark infested waters and tag the beach" test for Cubans rewards strength and determination. The "willingness to walk across the Rio Grande at night" test just selects for scofflaws.

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at February 27, 2008 8:02 AM

The title of this post was "IMPORTING THE SUPERIOR CULTURE".

Do you believe all cultures other than the US are superior? (I don't think you do, but if you do, why?)

If you *don't* believe that, shouldn't we choose which cultures are most superior and import those?

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at February 27, 2008 8:11 AM

Americans are self-selected, so it doesn't matter how they get here. The journey home is just easier for those coming from Mexico than those coming from India.

Posted by: erp at February 27, 2008 9:45 AM

No. The immigrants are Americans. The racists trying to keep them out are unAmerican. It is the Darwinist Right's lack of culture that is inferior to the Christianity/Hinduism/Islam of the incoming.

Posted by: oj at February 27, 2008 7:31 PM

Why should we want people without the gumption to come here irrespective of unjust laws?

Posted by: oj at February 27, 2008 7:32 PM