Beginning in the 1960s, a lot of Americans began trying to drive God out of our society — out of our schools, out of the media, out of our government institutions and the public square. Could these be some of the results?
- SMALL TOWN MURDER RATE SURGES — A new FBI report notes an alarming new trend, an “18.3 percent jump in murder in cities with populations of less than 10,000.”
- AMERICAN FAMILY SEES PLUNGING NET WORTH — A new Fed report notes devastating financial news for American families. “The net worth of the American family has fallen to its lowest level in two decades, according to government data released Monday, driven by a more than 40 percent drop in their stakes in their homes,” reports the Washington Post. “The Federal Reserve’s detailed survey of consumer finances showed families’ median wealth plunged from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010 — a 39 percent decline. That put them on par with median wealth in 1992.The Fed’s data underscore the depth of the wounds of the Great Recession and how far many families remain from healing. The median value of Americans’ debt did not change between 2007 and 2010. Meanwhile, the housing market crash inflicted particularly severe damage, with the Fed showing that the median value of Americans’ equity in their homes plunged 42.3 percent between 2007 and 2010.”
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