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Response to reformist2 (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 07:12 PM

13. More people are moving to "no religious belief"

than are moving to a religious belief. This has been going on for quite some time and people looking at the data think it has to do with the identification of religion with right wing political groups. The churches have brought this upon themselves by attempting to force their views as national policy. This is cited as THE most important reason people have decided to leave a particular religion.

Just because someone claims no belief - that doesn't mean their children will do the same. But it doesn't matter, because those claiming no religious belief are coming from various religious beliefs.

From 2009 -

http://www.usnews.com/news/religion/articles/2009/03/13/leaving-religion-behind-a-portrait-of-nonreligious-america

According to a comprehensive national survey released this week by the Program on Public Values at Trinity College, those identifying with no religious tradition, or as atheists or agnostics, account for 15 percent of the population, up from about 8 percent in 1990. "No religion" Americans are the only religious demographic that's growing in every single state.

In the Northeast, those who are now claiming "no religion" has increased 300% in the last 20 years and is equal to a quarter of the population in the northeast. Previously the west and pacific coasts have been the strongholds of "no religion," but that is changing across the nation.

With as many Americans identifying as "no religion" as there are mainline Christians, Jews, and Mormons in the United States combined, the Trinity College survey has helped create a portrait of an exploding secular tradition that reveals commonalities beyond lack of belief.


This demographic includes Latino American immigrants. Children of immigrants who have been here for a generation are following the same trend as others in the age cohort and political identification (the majority of whom lean toward voting for Democrats by huge percentage over Republicans, but they consider themselves independents, politically.

This move away from religious identification is hurting the Republican Party - but they and their right wing religious friends who tried to claim they speak for god are to blame - the reason people are leaving religion is because of this political association.



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