United States Increasingly Claiming ‘No Religion’

12 03 2009

From the Huffington Post:

A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that . . . the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.

Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.

Secularism, is it the next big thing?  What do you think?

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12 03 2009
Stephen

Religion has many places to be: To help give moral guidance to a hungry populace; To give hope to people when life is at its lowest; To encourage good actions today so as to not suffer the wrath of an indignant god. I am happy to have a nation filled with believers, so long as those believers do not 1) force me to believe the same or 2) force me to live in a republic wherein rules penned thousands of years ago by hundreds of hermits are the rule of the land. I’ve known some fantastic Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, B’hai, &c., and their moral compasses point true, in part because their faith has helped mold that direction. But when they turn their sacred eyes on converting, subjugating, and otherwise wrongfully influencing their agnostic/atheist brethren, we encounter a world where their “Free Will” is dictated by the few, rather than embraced by the many.

So I suppose I say a secular society is fine. A religious society is fine. Both are fine, so long as the individual’s right to believe whatever nonsense s/he wants is preserved as complete and sacrosanct.

22 03 2009
Mitchell

Personally I dread the idea of religion giving moral guidance . . .

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