Infographic: One in 5 Americans has no religion
The fastest growing ‘religious’ group in America is made up of people with no religion at all, according to a Pew survey.
Today, one in five in the American public doesn't identify with any religion, the highest share since Pew Research Center began this poll in 2007, reports GOOD. Still, the United States is more religious than some other countries.
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Take a look at how religious beliefs in the United States compare to other first world Western European nations.
- Fifty-eight percent of Americans believe religion is important to them compared to less than 20 percent in France and Britain.
- More than half of Americans believe it is necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values, while 20 percent or less think so in France, Spain and Britain.
- Among those who are religiously unaffiliated, most believe in nothing at all.
- Since 2007, Protestants have lost 5 percent of affiliated Americans, Catholics have lost 1 percent and those with no religious affiliation have increased 4.3 percent.
- Those who are religiously unaffiliated make up the highest percentage – 24 percent – of registered Democratic voters.
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I'm one of those unbelieving liberals but I don't consider myself to be a Democrat because I oppose the corporately controlled DNC. I am more of a civil libertarian progressive than a person who supports Obama, Reid and Pelosi.
I was raised Catholic but I never believed but theistic religion is inherently illogical. I attended mass until I was in college because it is what my parents wanted me to do and because of the Catholic guilt trip that I felt if I didn't do my time on the pews. I finally came to the conclusion that I don't need to believe in god to be a good person about the time that the priest pedophile scandal was being a public matter and that was my impetus to leave. I've never been back to a Catholic church except for weddings or funerals.
My religious views are more in line with the 4 noble truths of Buddhism or secular humanism. I do support the Unitarian Universalist Church because of their goal of positive social change.
Most people have ha hard time publically stating that they are an atheist because the general public does not understand that just because you don't believe in a supernatural religious deity it doesn't make any statement about the morals or the ethics of the person in question. You can be a very moral atheist just you can also be an amoral believer. The examples of the latter are pedophile priests, televangelists and fundamentalists of all stripes who kill and profit in the name of religion.
This means that one in five has not been corrupted by any of the myriad of depraved
and perverted religions floating about!
The good news is that they make great candidates for the True religion of their Creator,
The Lord Jesus Christ and his Church;The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!
Another thing to consider is the cumulative impact,throughout history, that religion
has had on civilization: the self righteous view that ones own religion is the only
one that is based on "fact" and that only its followers gods "chosen" people, which
in turn has been used time and again as a basis to justify all kinds of brutality,war,
destruction, persecution, and so on that the negative so overwhelmingly outweighs
the positive that it's not even an issue of debate.
The true definition of intelligence is the natural,inate understanding of logic and proficiency with its use and application along with the degreeof advancement or complexity of the material one is ultimately capable of learning. In other words,
to be able to look at an argument and understand without having to be taught or
told how or why it is logically sound or flawed and to draw a conclusion only if one
can account detail by detail from the premise and the line of reasoning to show an
intelligible connection to the conclusion.
Since faith is an irrational leap to a conclusion with nothing to support it, to believe
something on faith not only indicates but actually requires a lack of such capacity
and therefore a lack of intellect.
Why do you think it is that the scientific community, the most intellegent demographic
of society, is overwhelmingly atheist? Mathematics and scientific method are founded
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