Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks revealed some very interesting data concerning the growth of non- religious sentiment in the US. Further, he posited that it is a huge voting bloc which has not yet coalesced into a real movement and political force .
The growing number of non-religious people in the US, particularly the huge jump between 1990 and today shows some real decline in the religiously influenced people.
In the first half of the 20th century, ...that number [of non-religious] among Americans was at 5 percent.
“In 1990, that number moved up to 8 percent,”
...“All of a sudden, when they ask again today, the number has moved up to 20 percent.”
Liberals showed 40% non-religious while conservatives only 9% . Almost 1/3 of those under 30 are non-religious.
The growth of the 'nones' in US may appear to be slow initially but it will gather momentum some time in future as the fact that religion is very unreal will be appreciated by more and more people in. Atheism has survived for millenniums and with the growth of knowledge and human ability to think and improved communications, religions is going to be pushed back from its present position. I am very hopeful in this regard and time and again I have said that religions will cease to exist in next 200 years.
Religion is pernicious and addictive. I think the best we might hope for is that it becomes in 200 years like smoking is today. Widely condemned as a bad habit and forced to be hidden from public view, but still very much alive.
Religion needs to decay. That is good news to me.
Yeah, and it's happening "on our watch".
I'm glad religion is declining. It's also interesting to look at the liberal/conservative divide on theism. I wonder, if being liberal increases tendency to be nonreligious, or being nonreligious increases tendency to be liberal. Or they both stem from underlying causes.
Good question. I personally tend to believe that losing ones faith results in Liberalism, but I have no evidence to support this other than my own experiences and the anecdotal evidence of observing the transformation of my friends. My own timeline was such that once I stopped believing in God, I asked myself what else I believed might be bullshit?
I think the new swath of atheists in North America (Canada is changing a great deal as well, of course) owes monumental gratitude to the amount of readily available information on the internet. You can learn about almost anything that mankind has ever known, and get dozens of qualified opinions on any one topic in mere hours, sometimes minutes. I'm truly grateful to live in the time that I do.
My case was more or less the opposite. I was raised by (relatively) liberal parents, within an evangelical community. It gave me the ability to learn and question, which was what brought me out of theism.
That's actually really cool to hear, and in light of your story, makes me wonder to what extent geography has to play in it? For example, could it be said that living in Texas, you're more likely to be a non-believer first, then a liberal second, while in Oregon you may just be more likely to be a liberal first, and non-believer second?
I wish I could believe some sort of study had already been done on that... :S
Really interesting thought, though.
I heard on the news a few months ago that the Birchers sponsored a recent conservative conference, maybe CPAC.
Bioscientists find all kinds of life forms under rocks.
There was a CNN report some time back which stated that one of the immediate products of the 9/11 attacks was increased scrutiny of religion. Along with that, I think, is also the current growth of atheism and agnosticism as a direct outcome of that scrutiny.
As for the John Birch Society, it's still around as well. I can't help but notice that one hardly ever hears from it, though, and my resulting take is that they are largely impotent on the current national or world stage.