15 percent of Americans say they have no religion

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  1. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Interesting. Anybody think the Bush administration's policies had anything to do with this?

    http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/religion/1466746,CST-NWS-rel09.article
     
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    "Northern New England surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region."

    The reason I'll never move out of New England. :cool:
     
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    I might have to move there too. I love you guys' accents. :)
     
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    But ENGLAND has even fewer believers and a huge variety of sexy accents. :D
     
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    And some unaltered-at-birth physical qualities that I like quite a bit on the guys. But that's all I'm going to say about that. ;)

    Back OT- Abstract, I was also surprised the number was that low. I guess large cities are a bubble. It is quite different whenever I have to leave.
     
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    Ah, yes. Say no more. :D
     
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    It was nice walking around in London and not seeing a bunch of religious crazies on street corners yelling about crap like I see anytime I'm in a major US city.
     
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    Oh yes- we have those here in Chicago. I saw some real winners in NYC a few weeks ago too. Usually, those people are also mentally ill.
     
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    I used to have loads of fun baiting the Islam Nation boys outside Brixton tube station....!

    15% is very low, I'd have expected a higher proportion.

    The same survey done in the UK would yield a much larger figure.

    I wonder how many of the 85% are "christian" through birth and not practice, I know loads of people who claim a religion without actually practising it.

    Interestingly, there seem to be many fewer ismalic fair-weatherers.
     
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    I'm sure that's the case. There are so many people who will identify with a particular religion without practicing it. It took me a long time to finally say I didn't identify with any religion at all.
     
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    The comparison is from 1990 so the trend may have begun before the Bush administration. Not to say that it didn't play a part.

    I read recently that Islam has edged out Catholicism as the largest single religion in the world. A 2001 survey said that Wicca is the fastest growing religion percentage-wise in the world. It predicted that by about 2042, non-Christians will outnumber the Christians in the US. Christians declined from 86% in 1990 to 77% in 2001.

    So I assume this means that Protestants are becoming non-religious rather than switching.

    LOL. But it's actually a southern US expression meaning "being at the end of one's rope."
     
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    Yes, the role of the church and religion in the community in the US has been one of the hardest parts about moving here (from the UK). One thing that I find interesting is that in the UK we had RE classes at school. It wasn't indoctrination, we were taught about world religions (I wrote a report on Rastafarianism!). But here there is a lot of debate about religion in schools, but I am constantly having to reeducate my oldest son about the religious crap he picks up at school (mainly from friends). The other week for example he came home asking me if mountains really were formed by the movements of the earth's plates and glaciation - one of his friends insisted that god 'put them there' since that's what his dad had told him!

    I'm actually surprised the number of people with 'no religion' is so high!
     
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    Nope, i made this decision long before Bush 1 or 2
     
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    I live in New England and I would claim myself as not having a religion. I read an article that said the state of Vermont (where I live) has the lowest percentage of people who have religion play a part in their "daily decision making" than any other state......I was quite proud :).

    Edit: The article I read might have referenced this one, or vise versa.
     
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    You never bumped into the Hare Krishna lot?

    The day is slightly better if I happen to see them go by.
     
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    I blame God. But I guess there never was a big difference between him and Bill Clinton for those liberal types. ;)
     
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    i suspect at least 1/3, more like half of all people, depending on region and religion (catholics obviously lead there)

    don't forget that for many people being member of a church is also part tradition: myself included ... even if i only go there once a year for the 15 minute blessing of the easter ham
     
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    I suspect this number to climb in the future......
    :)
     
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    And i cant wait. :)
     

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