Religion in The USA

I remember the days of King Ronnie and the Religious Right…..all the activism….the pomp and ceremony as the Religious Right waded into the political arena.

Every election since those days the influence is there but not as strong as it were back in Ronnie’s days.  Come to today….the RR is a silent majority?

What has changed?

A major new survey on the religious beliefs of Americans is out, and the Public Religion Research Institute sees a “dramatic transformation” taking place across the country. Two big takeaways from the 2016 survey of 101,000 people: White Christians no longer make up a majority of Americans, with their percentage now at 43%, down from 81% in 1976; and fewer than half of US states have a majority population of white Christians. More details being emphasized:

  • No affiliation: In 20 states, people with no religious affiliation outnumber those of any single religious affiliation, with Vermont (41%), Oregon (36%), and Washington (35%) leading the way. But the Atlantic is surprised to see that Alaska and Hawaii are on this list, too: “In general, the non-religious states of America are concentrated west of the Mississippi River.”
  • Racial trend:Quartz sees one major theme: “Religion in white America is dying, while religion in non-white America is holding strong.” Expect that to continue: The religions with the highest percentage of members ages 18 to 29 are Islam (42%) and Hinduism (36%), far higher than white Catholics (11%), white evangelical Protestants (11%), and white mainline Protestants (14%).
  • Still small numbers: Non-Christian religious groups may be growing, but they still represent less than 10% of Americans. Jewish Americans are at 2%, with Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus each at 1%. All other non-Christian religions amount to another 1%.
  • Politics: USA Today notes that white Christians still make up nearly three-quarters of the GOP. In contrast, they constitute less than one-third of Democrats, down from about half 10 years ago. Both parties face big challenges with the religious shift taking place, and FiveThirtyEight looks at the challenges for both. For example, Democrats have an increasingly varied base, which means they must craft a message that appeals to all, including those with no affiliation.
  • Mississippi: The PRRI summary calls this state the least diverse in the nation in terms of religion. Mississippi is mostly Protestant, and six in 10 of those Protestants are Baptist. New York is the state with the most diversity.
  • Bottom line: “The future of religion in America is young, non-Christian, and technicolor,” sums up Religion News Service. It finds the decline in American evangelicals, a group previously immune from falling numbers, particularly striking. About 17% of Americans are white evangelical Protestant, down from 23% in 2006.

Personally, I do not believe that religion should have any part in the political process.  Why?  Politics flies in the face of strong religious convictions.

Will religion change politics…again?


7 thoughts on “Religion in The USA

  1. It seems the US is catching up with religious trends in Europe. Outside of countries like Spain and Italy, with high Catholic populations, many European countries are becoming more religiously diverse, with Islam claimed as the most-affiliated in some regions, and more agnostics too.
    (On another matter, I found this, thought you might like it. )
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. It is no surprise to me that Islam is the fastest growing religion in America because that is the goal of “The Religion” — to overtake, outnumber and subdue and eventually suppress every other religion in the country and to make a Quranic Caliphate out of the whole mess. And I can’t blame them although I cannot imagine what they would want with the resultant mess.

  3. Interesting that I missed this post. I particularly like the USA Today stats.

    “Politics: USA Today notes that white Christians still make up nearly three-quarters of the GOP. In contrast, they constitute less than one-third of Democrats, down from about half 10 years ago.”

    No wonder conservative evangelicals are striving (fighting) to return to the good-old-days. To hear them rebut they want more religion in government.

    1. Another reason I worry about Pence….he is a theocrat and would be terrible for the country…..either person is gonna destroy this country..chuq

      1. One step at a time. 🙂 Let’s say Bannon is right.. and Trump is gone by the end of the year. That gives Pence two years…. and most certainly, he is NOT as aggressively dynamic as Trump.. and you just let him do his thing for a couple years then vote him out.

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