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America Is the Least Religious Itís Ever Been

Old 03-13-13, 09:58 PM
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America Is the Least Religious Itís Ever Been

"Dark news cometh in an unholy land." A Bible verse that prophesied our modern Gomorrah called America? Actually it's just a phrase I made up. Now let us segue into the news that religion in America is at an all time low.

The United States of America, under godóa free land formed by men who embraced Christian values, like slaveryówas founded, as I just mentioned, but will now reiterate, as a Christian land. Our founding fathers made very clear their feelings on what should be done with heathens, by reaching out a hand to the savage Red Indian. And in that hand was a gun, which slew him. Perhaps if Jesus had seen fit to bless the native savages with belief in Him, we all could have been saved a lot of genocidal effort.

The situation is not so ideal today. Like values, and the quality of music, and the modesty of women, religion is on the decline in This Great Nation. A new survey out of UC Berkeley finds that "Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s." (Theoretically it could have been lower at some point before the 1930s, but hating god has only been "cool" since the invention of the demon "jazz," so it's doubtful.) A full 1/5 of Americans now report no religious affiliation at allónot even with easy, entry-level cults like Mormonism, or Islam. Who is most to blame, my lord?

Liberals are far more likely to claim "no religion" (40 percent) than conservatives (9 percent)...
More than one-third of 18-to-24-year-olds claimed "no religion" compared to just 7 percent of those 75 and older.

Young liberals. How sadly typical. YE SHALL BE LEFT BEHIND.
http://gawker.com/5990331/america-is...ref_map=%5B%5D
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That was neat.
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A simple affiliation poll doesn't really paint the whole picture.
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No doubt the cultural landscape has changed over the decades... this is not news for believers. It's not a tidal wave of change that happened overnight or anything. Though I can understand the appeal and hope this kind of story might give some...
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The thing is, as secularism rises, you find a backlash in the form of renewed religious fervor.
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No doubt the cultural landscape has changed over the decades... this is not news for believers. It's not a tidal wave of change that happened overnight or anything. Though I can understand the appeal and hope this kind of story might give some...
I think the Internet hastened it a bit.
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I'm not religious but I heard this the other day and man did Paul Harvey have a voice.

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I'm constantly amazed at our ability to be increasingly secular yet sanctimonious.
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Originally Posted by wmansir View Post
I'm not religious but I heard this the other day and man did Paul Harvey have a voice.

Well thankfully that wasn't his "god made a farmer" drivel. Paul Harvey was an asshole. Great voice though.
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I think the Internet hastened it a bit.
Certainly, before the Internet the number of strident atheists I had met could probably be counted on one hand. I think many that would have been agnostics before the spread of the Internet have now been hardened into completely secular atheists.

The Internet culture seems to have intensified human beliefs across a vast base of issues. The political environment has also been affected.

Other issues are obviously at play though with the decline in religiosity. The waning numbers of the traditional nuclear family and the rise in the female participation rate in the labor force, are clear factors which hurt organized religion.
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So, basically, if Paul Harvey was the devil he would do things that upset Paul Harvey?
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Other issues are obviously at play though with the decline in religiosity. The waning numbers of the traditional nuclear family and the rise in the female participation rate in the labor force, are clear factors which hurt organized religion.
How do women in the workforce hurt organized religion? I don't see the connection.
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The forum will be more religious once we play Religion Sheep! (Coming April 2013)
I hope there is a section on the Greek Gods.
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I'm constantly amazed at our ability to be increasingly secular yet sanctimonious.
It's shameful, isn't it?
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How do women in the workforce hurt organized religion? I don't see the connection.
It's hard to keep them down on the farm once they've seen Pay-ree...

Most popular religions seem to emphasize the subjugation of women as an important component. Once women start competing with men at school and at work it becomes increasingly harder to keep them in an inferior role at home or church.
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How do women in the workforce hurt organized religion? I don't see the connection.
They're not at home, barefoot and pregnant, breeding religious fanatics as they are in really devout countries.
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"America is the least religious it's ever been."

Praise the Lord!
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I hope there is a section on the Greek Gods.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt View Post
I think the Internet hastened it a bit.
Yes, the free flow of information is a game changer.
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Went to the emergency room a couple of weeks back and the billing lady asked me for religious affiliation. I had no idea how to answer that question, I just said pick one. Seems like an odd question to ask.
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Maybe if you don't pay they send the bill to your church?
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I don't see where Christianity or Judaism conflict with women in the work force.
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I don't see where Christianity or Judaism conflict with women in the work force.
or Hinduism
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Originally Posted by classicman2 View Post
I don't see where Christianity or Judaism conflict with women in the work force.
I don't see where you understood the argument, either.

And while you're at it, please provide a list of all the popes throughout history, playing special attention to the female ones.
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