A Pew research poll has verified what many Christians have felt, that the percentage of Americans who are Christians has declined in recent years, while the ranks of atheists and Muslims have grown.
According to the poll, from 2007 to 2014, “Mainline” Protestant Christianity has declined 3.4 percent and Catholicism 3.1 percent. Evangelical Protestant Christianity declined by only 0.9 percent. During that same time, Islam has grown by over half a percent, “other” — which includes Wicca and Satanism among many other minor groups — is also up, but atheism has boomed.
Those atheists describing themselves as such nearly doubled from 1.6 percent of the population to 3.1 percent. Uncommitted atheists, aka agnostics, were up by 1.6 percent. The de facto atheists — those proclaiming “nothing in particular” — grew by 3.7 percent to 15.8 percent of the nation. Altogether, the so-called “nones” — who actually follow (intentionally or otherwise) the religion of atheism — are now more than one-fifth of the nation’s population, at 22.8 percent.
Some of these numbers, as shares of the overall population, don’t sound like they should be cause for concern from anyone worried about Christian influence on the culture, but look again.
In 2007, Muslims were a mere 0.4 percent of the population. Now they are 0.9 percent, which means the Muslim population of the U.S. has boomed by 125 percent.
Similarly, self-labeled atheists have increased 94 percent, agnostics by 67 percent, “nothing in particulars” by 31 percent.
In the category of “other faiths,” which includes Unitarianism, general New Age, Wicca and Satanism (distinct from the “other world religions” category, which includes Jainists, Sikhs, Bahais, Taoists, etc.), growth was 25 percent, placing those folks at 1.5 percent of the population.
But, you might think, what possible influence could a group that is only 1.5 percent of the population have on American culture?
Consider that homosexuals are usually estimated between 2 and 3 percent of the total population and how much sway they hold over our politics, entertainment and arts.
The decline of Christianity and the growth of the “nones” is occurring across ethnicities and genders, but it is more pronounced among the young.
That should be no surprise, considering how anti-Christian ideals are marketed to kids through movies, music and video games.
The disdain for Christianity and adulation of Islam that comes out of the White House and its media machine is certainly a factor in these social trends as well.
What this means is that the ongoing combined assault by atheism, Islam and neo-pagan religions is working, slowly but surely, and America is losing its Christian children.
Is it any wonder then that respect for America’s founding laws and traditions based in Christianity is also disappearing?