Feb. 25, 2017

News Flash!

 

2016 Year-End Statistics

More than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of all Americans, live below the poverty line. Some of us believe the majority of them are just lazy.

The human trafficking industry is estimated to generate around $150 billion a year. Slavery is real and Houston is its hub. The Super Bowl increased industry earnings in a single day. 

The human eye can detect over 500 shades of gray but we’ve managed to create a national obsession by paying hard-earned money to watch two trashy movies covering a little over 50 shades of this really boring color. 

Growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational and social problems. However, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. Professed Christians fall into the stats. 

Most of the statistics tell us that nearly 50% of Americans have no church home. In the 1980s, membership in the church had dropped almost 10%; then, in the 1990s, it worsened by another 12% drop. Some denominations report a 40% drop in their membership. The rapid decline continues. I can't imagine anyone not wanting to be one of "us." 

In America alone, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. *Keep that in mind as you read the next statistic. 

With the introduction of  the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the expansion of Medicaid coverage to many low-income individuals in states willing to honor the act and expansion, the number of uninsured Americans went down to 28.5 million by the end of 2015, a decrease of nearly 13 million since 2013. (*Needed for all those cancer cases.) 

The total number of annual high school drop outs is 3,030,000 with 8,300 of high school students dropping out each day in America. Christian parents have decided this is the school's fault so private and home schooling are on the rise. Non-Christian children really aren't our responsibility, right? 

Somewhere in America, a woman is raped every 2 minutes. I'm sure the media is making up that number.  Probably just "locker room talk." 

I'm so sorry the Oscars are upsetting to some of you. Priorities, right?