Today is a holiday, and news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism is virtually non-existent. But you may find this interesting. It’s at the website of the Gallup Organization: U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Americans’ membership in houses of worship continued to decline last year, dropping below 50% for the first time in Gallup’s eight-decade trend. In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999. [Graph showing downward trend since 1940.] U.S. church membership was 73% when Gallup first measured it in 1937 and remained near 70% for the next six decades, before beginning a steady decline around the turn of the 21st century.
Some may be surprised that the trend hasn’t been sharply reversed due to the efforts of creation scientists like the Discoveroids and ol’ Hambo, but we’ve previously suggested that widespread revulsion for those people may actually be accelerating the trend. Anyway, the figures are what they are, and we’ll leave it to others to explain the cause.
That’s all we can find so far, so because of the holiday shortage in news we’re declaring another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, or even astrology, theology, mythology, and sociology — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it. And enjoy your Easter weekend!
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