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Jesus can be a security risk

Jesus has made it into the top 25 most popular passwords for the first time. More and more foolish people are trusting the security of their data to the password Jesus. In their annual “25 Worst Passwords of the Year”, SplashData reveal that Jesus has entered the chart at number 21. The password “password” has topped the list again, followed by “123456” and “12345678”, while “1234567” has dropped 6 places down to 13.

Please ensure that if you choose a password, you don’t pick one from the list, your name or birthday, your football team, or in fact any word in a dictionary. Add some numbers (no not password with a zero) and peculiar symbols. Then you can pray to your God or Gods for extra protection, if you think that will help.

Here is the full list of the 25 most popular passwords for your pleasure:

  1. password (unchanged)
  2. 123456 (unchanged)
  3. 12345678 (unchanged
  4. abc123 (up 1)
  5. qwerty (down 1)
  6. monkey (unchanged)
  7. letmein (up 1)
  8. dragon (up 2)
  9. 111111 (up 3)
  10. baseball (up 1)
  11. iloveyou (up 2)
  12. trustno1 (down 3)
  13. 1234567 (down 6)
  14. sunshine (up 1)
  15. master (down 1)
  16. 123123 (up 4)
  17. welcome (new)
  18. shadow (up 1)
  19. ashley (down 3)
  20. football (up 5)
  21. Jesus (new)
  22. michael (up 2)
  23. ninja (new)
  24. mustang (new)
  25. password1 (new)

Religion can increase your BMI

Priest with WineIn a study, researchers in Australia have confirmed a link between BMI and religious denomination. In a survey of nearly 10,000 people they found that Catholic and Baptist men have a higher BMI than non-religious men and Christian women have a higher BMI than others. In their paper “Religion and BMI in Australia”, Kortt and Dollery note that many religious occasions involve food as part of the celebration, thus condoning over-eating. We need more researchers to continue this important work in other locations. I have a feeling that the influence of religion on BMI is leading to needless health problems throughout the world. Images of Jesus keep popping up on foodstuffs. What does it all mean?

Religious Affiliation Fading.

World ReligionsA recent study has concluded that organised religion is an endangered species.  This follows a study of nine countries, selected because they have census figures with the relevant data over a significant time span. The countries involved were Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Daniel Abrams and Haley Yaple of Northwestern University together with Richard Wiener of the University of Arizona predict a continued growth of non-affiliation, tending toward the disappearance of religion in 85 regions around the world. Even in Ireland, which is mostly Catholic, the figure has risen from 0.04% in 1961 to 4.2% in 2006. Another census is taking place shortly in the UK and Ireland, so perhaps there will be more data to back it up shortly. So do you as an Apathist belong to the non-affiliated group or others? That’s right, you don’t care. Let someone else worry about it.

Majority of Generation Y are Apathists

Book CoverA recent report commissioned by the Church of England in the UK among people born after 1982 had some surprisingly pleasant results. The new generation are not hostile to their parents’ religious viewpoint and religion is irrelevant to them in their everyday lives. The report studied over 300 people in England, between the ages of 8 and 23, who attended Christian youth and community work projects. Their faith is centred around family and friends, with the church only playing a role on rare occasions. Furthermore, they are happy with this arrangement and are not seeking to know more about religion. This has not prevented them being keenly aware of ethical issues and when faced with a difficult decision, they consult friends and family for moral guidance. Isn’t it good to know that the next generation are so astute?  The keys findings of the report are summarised in new book, “The Faith of Generation Y”.

Atheists and Agnostics know most about Religion

It is not surprising that Atheists and Agnostics scored the highest, in a recent survey of religious knowledge, carried out by the Pew Forum in the United States. Atheists and Agnostics usually adopt these titles after a thorough examination of various religions. It is not easy to reject ideas that, in most cases, have been instilled since an early age. I was a little surprised that 53% of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the inspiration for the Protestant Reformation. He even featured in an episode of the Simpsons. 43% of Jews did not recognise that Maimonides was Jewish and 45% of Catholics did not know that their church teaches that the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Christ during a mass (transubstantiation), rather than being a symbolic representation. It’s good to know that Apathism is alive and well in the major organised religions.

Some other scary findings revealed that 40% of those asked believe that people and animals have existed in their present form since the start of time and 4% believe that Stephen King wrote Moby Dick.

For more detail see the Pew Forum website http://pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-Practices/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx

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