Nearly One Third of Americans Say to the Clergy: Don’t Marry Me. Don’t Bury Me.

In the Guardian of London (and reposted at AlterNet), Michelle Goldberg has an essay on secularism in America.

Money quote:

[N]o religious group in the United States is growing as fast as those who profess no religion at all. The latest American Religious Identification Survey, which Trinity College published last week, shows that the number of non-religious Americans has nearly doubled since 1990, while the number of people who specifically self-identity as atheists or agnostics has more than tripled. An astonishing 30% of married Americans weren’t wed in religious ceremonies, and 27% don’t expect to have religious funerals. This suggests whole swaths of the culture are becoming secular, since one can assume that non-believers in religious families often acquiesce to traditional marriage rites and expect to be prayed over when they’re dead.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Nearly One Third of Americans Say to the Clergy: Don’t Marry Me. Don’t Bury Me.

  1. pochp says:

    I suppose that those who were forced to these church rites aren’t included in the survey?

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