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.