Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Hellbound Americans Rapidly Abandoning God

What is up, Old Scratch?The rest of the western world pretty much gave up on organized religion 40 years ago, but here in America we kept Christian-soldiering onward, because America is special that way. Or it was special that way: A shocking new study reveals that the number of Americans abandoning all religion jumped by 15% in the last half decade. With one in five Americans (five in five in New York) now in the "no religion" category, we should catch up with Europe by 2032 or so, by which point the Earth is expected to be a boiling cauldron anyway.

The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. One-fifth of the U.S. public–and a third of adults under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling.

Did something really illuminating happen since 2008, other than our choosing a Muslim an agnostic/intellectual president? Sort of! These 46 million people seem to be weary of organized religion's focus on politics and earthly treasure, even though that's been the motivation for organized religion since the dawn of history.

"The unaffiliated say they are not looking for a religion that would be right for them," the Pew study says. "Overwhelmingly, they think that religious organizations are too concerned with money and power, too focused on rules and too involved in politics."

The Pope was quickly wheeled out to yell at some Italians and tourists about this problem for his organization. And if American Protestants had a pope, which doesn't make any sense, then that pope would be freaking out, too–the number of U.S. Protestants has now declined to less than 50% of the population.

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hockeymom (#143)

And yet strangely we continue to kowtow to these people, in every election, year after year.

BadUncle (#153)

There's got to be a good mobile home retirement community for deities.

Mike Thayer@twitter (#224,758)

@BadUncle Harlan Ellison put it well:


Dave Bry (#422)

This is because Satan beat Tim Tebow at football last night, isn't it?

Morbo (#1,288)

@Dave Bry
Technically, he starts over Tebow.

dado (#102)

There are no atheists in foxholes, which is where we may end up. It's a cyclical thing.

Zombie Stalin (#228,608)

@dado Well at least not in Taliban foxholes.

Screen Name (#2,416)

In fairness, I consider my snake-handling more of a hobby than a religion.

… the number of U.S. Protestants has now declined to less than 50% of the population.

Due, of course, to the Great Cape Codder Shortage of 2011. I mean, WASPs are basically panda bears, breeding-wise.

grandpa27 (#804)

Mother Nature is winning after all.

Christ, the Pew Research Center has us genuflecting all over ourselves this week.

Non-Anonymous (#19,293)

The essential dynamic here is that as some of the more liberal, tolerant or simply younger people leave organized religion, the remnant is more intolerant and more dogmatic about its intolerance, thus driving away still more liberal/tolerant/young people, making the remnant still more intolerant, and so on. In other words, American religion will follow the same evolutionary path as the Republican Party.

libmas (#231)

I don't know as I've heard the Pope yell, ever.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

Here's hoping this trend is logarithmic. I don't feel bad for god-believers who are offended by non-believers' assertions, which is something I noticed recently.

Smack (#95)

I have this sneaking suspicion, borne out by my own obviously statistically valid anecdotal experience that new atheists (mostly reformed evangelicals) are just about as fucking horrible as super religious people. See also the atheism subreddit. Whippersnappers.

chascates (#470)

"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."

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