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Growing Number of Americans Have No Religion: What's Your Take?

According to a new Pew survey, one in five Americans do not associate with a religious organization

According to a Pew survey released on Tuesday, the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans – sometimes called the “nones” – is growing.  

The study found that 20 percent of Americans are not affiliated with any religion, which is a five percent increase from just five years ago. Nearly six percent of the U.S. public, or 13 million people, are self-described atheists or agnostics, according to the new survey. 

Pew claims the rise of the “nones” is largely driven by generational replacement.  Thirty-three percent respondents under the age of 30 said they do not associate with a particular religion, compared to only 9 percent of respondents over the age of 65.    

The religious dissociation trend appears to be unique to caucasian Americans. Pew found the share of blacks and Hispanics who are religiously unaffiliated has not changed by a statistically significant margin in recent years.

Most of the unaffiliated say religious organizations are too concerned with money, power, politics and rules.

The religiously unaffiliated are liberal in their political ideology; six in ten described themselves as Democrats, compared with 48 percent of all registered voters.

Surprisingly, Pew found that 68 percent of this growing group say they believe in God, 37 percent describe themselves as “spiritual” but not “religious” and 21 percent said that they even pray every day.

What's your take?  Why do you think the younger generation is disassociating from religion?  Do you think this trend will have an impact on communities?  Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Lorelei O'Lott October 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I believe every child should be given guidance toward faith wether it be The catholic religion, Protestant, Muslim, or Jewish faith. Whatever religion your parents were should be fought TO YOU; whenever you feel the need to be closer to God or feel the need to pray it should already be learned so you have the option as an adult which religion best suits you. Taking my children to church also teaches them structure and obedience. I know a person brought up with ( no religion) and I know they feel a void in their life at times. Maybe if someone took the time to teach them a "Hail Mary" they might not feel that void as by saying the prayer makes you feel as though MARY is actually listening TO you and could possibly answer your prayer! Bottom line: teach your children something and show them RELIGION!

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