July 21, 2004

Encouraging trends

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 21, 2004 11:58 AM

I love the poll data, and this one caught my eye:

Survey: USA's Protestant majority might soon be no more
New statistics on religious diversity show the USA's historic Protestant majority has plummeted to 52%, and by the end of 2004 it may no longer be the nation's dominant religious group.

To which I say, good! Not that I have anything against Protestants, but with any luck this will reduce the influence of bible-thumping puritans in politics.
If the fraction of Protestants declined, some other groups must have increased their membership. As it turns out, we godless secularists gained the most converts, and we sure are effective at subverting the youth:
A steep rise in the number of people who said they currently have no religion: 14% in 2002, up from 9% in 1992. It's even higher for younger people: Among those born in 1980 or later, 27% said they have no religion. "Each succeeding group is less religious than the preceding," Smith says.

It'll be nice when we're a large enough group that politicians can't get away with statements like this...

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