From 16% to 23% of the American population. That’s how fast the religiously unaffiliated have risen in America over the past eight years. Stunning.
The Republican Party and the Internet have ruined Christianity in America. Republicans have politicized religion, and the Internet has made it impossible for the religious to isolate their claims from widespread (and withering) critique and scrutiny. The result: the religiously unaffiliated (agnostics, atheists, and those who declare “nothing in particular”) now number more people in the United States than Catholics–and they virtually match evangelicals in raw numbers. No major religious group is gaining in significant numbers as a percentage of the population. Not even Muslims. They’re either basically static, or in decline. Only those who declare themselves unaffiliated are significantly on the rise.
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Below is The New York Times on this: