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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:50 AM

Report: US Protestants lose majority status

Source: Associated Press

Oct 9, 12:29 AM EDT
Report: US Protestants lose majority status
By RACHEL ZOLL
AP Religion Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise.

The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.

Among the reasons for the change are the growth in nondenominational Christians who can no longer be categorized as Protestant, and a spike in the number of American adults who say they have no religion. The Pew study, released Tuesday, found that about 20 percent of Americans say they have no religious affiliation, an increase from 15 percent in the last five years.

Scholars have long debated whether people who say they no longer belong to a religious group should be considered secular. While the category as defined by Pew researchers includes atheists, it also encompasses majorities of people who say they believe in God, and a notable minority who pray daily or consider themselves "spiritual" but not "religious." Still, Pew found overall that most of the unaffiliated aren't actively seeking another religious home, indicating that their ties with organized religion are permanently broken.



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Judi Lynn Oct 2012 OP
bluestateguy Oct 2012 #1
Angry Dragon Oct 2012 #3
tama Oct 2012 #4
Socal31 Oct 2012 #2
Iliyah Oct 2012 #5
oldsarge54 Oct 2012 #6
Kolesar Oct 2012 #7
oldsarge54 Oct 2012 #15
fasttense Oct 2012 #8
Kolesar Oct 2012 #9
Berlum Oct 2012 #10
muriel_volestrangler Oct 2012 #11
sybylla Oct 2012 #12
Judi Lynn Oct 2012 #13
DeSwiss Oct 2012 #14

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:57 AM

1. Jesus didn't like organized religion either

Church rules, church policies, church hierarchies, church bureaucracy, church gossip, church finances, Jesus wanted us to get away from all that and see the Big Picture.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:06 AM

3. Jesus was a liberal

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:21 AM

4. Anarchist trouble-maker! :)

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:06 AM

2. If I ever see you post a headline that replaces the word "Protestant" with "Religious"

You can find me opening a bottle of bubbly that evening. Or ten.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:23 AM

5. Jesus do not liars either.

And he points to the so call "Christians"

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 06:10 AM

6. Please, Don't put all Christians in the same pot

We are not all the same. Do be guilty like the Republicans are of judging all Muslims by the actions of the few, by doing the same with us Christians. I have no problems with atheists, it is your call, and to be honest, you may be right. I can't prove you wrong anyway. I don't like neo-Pharisees. Those are the ones that most call social conservatives, trying to impose God's law on the secular world. Jesus didn't like them either. I have enough trouble with my own approach to god, so remember these thoughts.

The Great Jihad is not against men, it is against one's own soul. Mohammad
An it harms no others, do as thou wilt. Wicca
Find the middle road. Buddha
Love thy neighbor. Jesus

I may be wrong, but I'm willing to believe the wicca statement applies to most atheist, but feel free to correct me.

Any road leading to light is probably right, even if you don't believe there is a god head at the end. I believe that (insert the deity or lack of your choice) is so full of love that all roads will work, if you are ethical with your fellow humans. ME

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Response to oldsarge54 (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 06:46 AM

7. Nobody put you in a pot...eom

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:10 AM

15. C'mon Now

You know what I mean.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 06:54 AM

8. Now that will make it difficult to choose a religion for the US theocracy.

Oh, never mind, we'll stick with Protestant and Pat Robertson anyway .

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 06:54 AM

9. Lonely and dreaming of the West Coast

"Part of what's going on here is that the stigma associated with not being part of any religious community has declined," said John Green, a specialist in religion and politics at the University of Akron, who advised Pew on the survey. "In some parts of the country, there is still a stigma. But overall, it's not the way it used to be."


Washington and Oregon are notably secular. Cleveland has that to offer to young people, too. We live in a part of the country where there is no such "stigma".

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 07:20 AM

10. I protest

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Response to Berlum (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 07:25 AM

11. So do these two:

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:37 PM

12. LOL!

My favorite and a great response.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:32 PM

13. Wonderful! There is, however, no need for them to be so rowdy. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:51 PM

14. Fewer Protestants Like Me?!?!?!


For the life of me I can't understand why!!!!


- K&R

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