You’ve probably seen the news. If not, this article at the CNN website will bring you up to date: There are now as many Americans who claim no religion as there are evangelicals and Catholics, a survey finds. One excerpt should be sufficient:
For the first time “No Religion” has topped a survey of Americans’ religious identity, according to a new analysis by a political scientist. The non-religious edged out Catholics and evangelicals in the long-running General Social Survey. Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, found that 23.1% of Americans now claim no religion. Catholics came in at 23.0%, and evangelicals were at 22.5%. … “It is the first time we have seen this. The same questions have been asked for 44 years,” Burge told CNN. The meteoric rise of religious nones began in the early 1990s and has grown 266% since 1991, he said.
We can’t find where the actual study was published, so that’s all we have to go on. The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
Your Curmudgeon’s view, which we’ve expressed before, is that it’s primarily due to the work of people like ol’ Hambo and his counterparts at the Institute for Creation Research and the Discovery Institute. Loads of young people look at what they’re doing and say to themselves: “If that’s what religion is, I don’t want any part of it.” But you may have different ideas.
You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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