The Rise of Non-Religion as a Political Movement

After decades of stagnation, non-religion in America is finally on the move. See this recent report by the Pew Research Center.

In the past, America stood firm by the belief in God, while Europe become more and more secularized. Gallup poll results show that for the last nearly 40 years, the belief in God in America has remained at least 94% until the last few decade:

The corresponding numbers for Europe are different. From the 2005 Eurobarometer poll: in the United Kingdom, 20% do not believe in a god or universal spirit; in Germany, 25%; and in France, 33%. The United States of America, at 8%, has a long way to go.

There is yet hope, as religious affiliation declines drastically the younger the age group. Roughly one-third of Americans between 18 and 29 do not affiliate with a religion:

What I found the most insightful in the Pew report is the precise connection between non-religion and political affiliation:

So not only has non-religion increased in number, but it has become increasingly leaning towards the Democratic party. This trend may change with the results of the upcoming election; however, it is almost certain to lean Democrat with a significant majority.

Finally, the non-religious movement has also a similar leaning on many issues. Of these, it is strongly opinionated on abortion:

And on same-sex marriage:

Interestingly, the Atheist/Agnostic vote supporting abortion and same-sex marriage is more one-sided than even the Christian evangelical vote against them. And yet, there are still those who claim that religion is the absolute source of morals!

Non-religion is on the rise. Following the Civil Rights, feminist, and LGBT movements, the secularist movement will surely be next.

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