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May 29th, 2013
03:06 PM ET

Poll: America losing its religion

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – More than three in four of Americans say religion is losing its influence in the United States, according to a new survey, the highest such percentage in more than 40 years. A nearly identical percentage says that trend bodes ill for the country.

"It may be happening, but Americans don't like it," Frank Newport, Gallup's editor in chief, said of religion's waning influence. "It is clear that a lot of Americans don't think this is a good state of affairs."

According to the Gallup survey released Wednesday, 77% of Americans say religion is losing its influence. Since 1957, when the question was first asked, Americans' perception of religion's power has never been lower.

According to the poll, 75% of Americans said the country would be better off if it were more religious.

The poll doesn't reflect Americans' personal religiosity, such as church attendance, but rather how large events and trends shape shared views, Newport explained.

For example, the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War and the rise of the counterculture fed the perception that religion was on the wane during the late 1960s, he said.

Views of a secularizing America peaked in 1969 and 1970, when 75% of Americans said faith was losing its clout in society. A similar view dominated from 1991-94 and from 2007 to the present.

Americans saw religion increasing its influence in 1957, in 1962 and at a few points during the Reagan presidency in 1980. This number also spiked to its highest point ever - 71% - after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The pollster didn't speculate on the contemporary factors that led to the current views on faith's influence.

Still, the poll numbers are dramatically influenced by church attendance, according to Gallup. More than 90% of people who attend church weekly responded that a more religious America would be positive, compared with 58% of Americans who attended church "less often."

The Gallup poll was conducted via telephone from May 2 to May 7. A total of 1,535 people were sampled for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • United States

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  1. Colin

    Actually my Bible-toting friend, you’ll find that most (ex-Christian) atheists don’t believe for one or more of the following reasons:

    The concept of an immortal being makes no sense to us.

    The concept of an all-powerful being makes no sense to us.

    The concept of an all-knowing being makes no sense to us.

    Throwing the three together into one being cubes its already dispositive implausibility.

    We tend to have a good working knowledge of the age, size and history of the Universe. The idea that a being would create the entire thing – with 400,000,000,000 galaxies, EACH with 100, 000,000,000 starts and even more planets, then sit back and wait 13,720,000,000 years for human beings to evolve on one planet so he could “love them” and send his son to Earth to talk to a nomadic group of Jews about sheep and goats in Iron Age Palestine (while ignoring the rest of the 200 million people then alive) makes no sense to us. We can’t help but ask ourselves, “did God make the Jews or did the Jews make God?”

    The answers usually proffered for what we see as basic logical flaws in Christianity – “you have been blinded by your lack of faith” “God moves in mysterious ways” “God is outside the Universe” or “our minds are too small to understand the greatness of God” are never satisfying to us. We see a retreat to mysticism as the first refuge of the cornered fool.

    The common argument, “well, what caused the Big Bang?” with the implication that, because we have only theories and no iron clad explanation for the Big Bang yet, the Judeo-Christian god must have caused it – does not make sense to us. “I don’t know” does not equal “god” to us, much less the Judeo-Christian god. We feel the answers to such a question are much more likely to be found in Einstein’s equations, quantum physics, large particle accelerators and radio telescopes than in Genesis Chapters 1 through 20. We’re crazy aren’t we?

    We do not see miracles in things like tornadoes missing a certain trailer in a trailer park, cancer going into remission or Tim Tebow winning a football game.

    We understand that Christianity is one of many, many religions in the World, and we don’t think that we were lucky enough to have been born in the one part of the World that “got it right”. Likewise, we know how all faiths evolve, morph and change over time and do not think we were lucky enough to have been born in the one generation that “got it right.”

    We tend to have a basic knowledge of history and know that there is nothing magical or special about the supposed history of the Jews, gospels, letters, apocalyptic story (Revelations) and other materials that found their way into the Bible, in that they are largely indistinguishable from the other mythology and religious writings of the pre Dark Ages Mediterranean.

    Human beings are terrified of their own deaths and we see the various religious beliefs that try to “wish it away,” such as reincarnation, living happily ever after in Heaven with Jesus, having your own Mormon planet etc. as nothing more than childish stories for the more näive, timid minds among us.

    We do not see morality as predicated upon a belief in the supernatural. We accept that one can be moral without believing in the supernatural and that doing so is no guaranty that one will conform to the norms of society that people call “morality”.

    “You can’t prove God doesn’t exist” is not a convincing argument to us, or even a relevant point, because an inability to disprove something is a far cry from it being true. We cannot prove that the Hindu gods Shiva or Vishnu do not exist either, nor Santa Claus for that matter, but that is hardly a reason to believe in them. It is not even evidence for their existence. It is impossible to prove a negative in this context.

    When one looks at the various Christian beliefs that were once firmly believed – Adam and Eve, Noah’s flood, people living to be 700 or 900 years old, the Red Sea splitting, water turning into wine, a talking snake, a man living in a whale’s belly, people rising from the dead, Jesus driving demons out of people and into pigs – but which are now acknowledged by most thinking people to be mere mythology, it is pretty hard to give a lot of credibility to what’s left.

    It is hard not to consider Christianity as based on circular reasoning. Most Christians believe in God because the Bible says so, then turn around and say they believe the Bible because it is the word of God. To draw an analogy, “I believe Mao Zedong was a great man because The Little Red Book says so, and the reason I believe The Little Red Book is that it was written by Mao Zedong, who was a great man.” Do you even have the slightest idea of how your Bible was compiled over the centuries or who decided what to include and what to exclude and on what grounds? Can you even name one of hundred plus authors who contributed to it? One of the many people who decided what got in and what didn’t?

    To be bluntly honest, the more one comes to understand mother nature, the less reason there is to believe in a god and the more one understands human nature, the more one sees why so many of us still do.

    So, before you next proudly proclaim you know the secrets to life, death, the origins of life on Earth and the origins of the Universe, simply because your parents or priest taught you some comforting stories from late Bronze Age Palestine as a child, you might like to reflect upon the overwhelming enormity of the claims you are about to make and the complete paucity of evidence that underwrites those claims.

    Or, put another way, stop cuddling your Bible and wallowing in your ignorance and face the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death with a bit of emotional and intellectual courage. If you want to spend your entire life groveling and supplicating yourself before something like a purile snake, at least make it something that exists.

    You sound pathetic.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Blackrar

      Well, Colin, you are so persuasive with your insults. Try writing all that without the snark, without the insults, and maybe some of them will feel like taking the time to read your giant wall of text.
      If you need to vent, do it in a separate post.
      Sincerly,
      Your Friend Blackrar

      May 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
    • pelegrim

      Brilliantly stated!

      May 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Magnificent work, Colin!

      May 29, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
    • Bruce Almighty

      Hey Blakrar, given that the vitriol, if any, lay at the end, I think you actually read the thing. Welcome aboard buddy, it's refreshing to break free of it, isn't it?

      May 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
    • SciGuy

      In their wisdom they became fools.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
    • Doug

      Brilliantly presented, Colin. Thanks for taking the time to elucidate the argument point by point so clearly.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
    • Juicer

      Sweet. Reporting this to Facebook wall.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
    • Adam

      Brilliant post Colin.

      Throughout history, when someone hasnt understood how something works, they tend to believe the devine makes it work. That is, until a smarter human being comes along and figures it out.

      I'm surprised organized religion has lasted this long. But as you say, when you begin to realize the intelligence of the average human being, it is no surprise!

      May 29, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
    • RavenAvner

      Well said, Colin. But be prepared for the backlash from the Bible-thumpers.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:56 pm |
    • Blackrar

      I will admit I did not read his post, just seeing that bit at the end, like a turd hanging from a dog's butt, made me mad.
      His post is too damn big and is not broken up into smaller pieces.
      I never read giant walls of text unless it seems warranted.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:02 am |
    • Colin

      @Blackrar – didn't read it, but feel competant to comment upon it. Do you also formulate opinions about people you are yet to meet?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:06 am |
    • breakinwind

      Colin, nice post, very well written. I actually find a tremendous amount of awe in an uncertain world!

      May 30, 2013 at 12:09 am |
    • JakeAZ

      every time someone writes eloquently on why religion is a farce, the religious always denounce it as "snark" or "insults," i'm guessing president Bush took it as insult too when a lot of people questioned whether their were WMDs in Iraq. The truth is sometimes insulting if you hold dear beliefs and then they are roundly refuted.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:09 am |
    • Dippy

      Blackrar, do you have attention deficit syndrome? You break the post up into pieces to read it if you can't handle the whole thing at once.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:11 am |
    • Blackrar

      Thank you for all the kind words.

      Colin, I explained my objections already. They were small and I just wanted your post to reach the maximum amount of religious idiots. That is all.
      Ironic how most people jumping on the dogpile on top of me did just what they are complaining about.
      *

      May 30, 2013 at 12:36 am |
    • pothead

      Colin my hero

      May 31, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Sid of Wisconsin

    Get rid of religion worldwide & we will be better of!

    May 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
  3. Val

    I'm proud to be a Christian. I'm also proud of my conservative beliefs. I'm married with a PhD and no baby daddies. The degeneration of the nuclear family is a huge threat to society.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Why?

      May 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
    • Sid of Wisconsin

      Conservative beliefs is what killing america

      May 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Blackrar

      Conservative beliefs are destroying America on purpose. If you think tearing down our government is somehow going to lead to family values, you should just find a tall building and let gravity take its course and save us the trouble.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
    • Shayna

      PHD? One might have hoped that you would have known that the nuclear family is a product of the Industrial Age. The extended family was the way people have lived forever. Family groups provided safety, security...a way to live in a very unforgiving world. (God wasn't around then either)

      May 29, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Christian =/= nuclear family. Can have either one without the other.

      May 30, 2013 at 6:12 am |
    • Arthur Bryant

      Yes, just like the invention and increasing popularity of the automobile was a huge threat to the horse industry.

      May 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
  4. Mark

    I don't really care about the content of the poll but I have a hard time believing you can make such judgments about how a country feels with a sampling of 1,535 people and also claim a 3% margin of error.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • Observer

      Mark,

      A basic class in statistics will give you the information you lack.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Simple statistics, my friend. If you choose a representative sample of the population, you can get a pretty good handle on almost ANYTHING with 1000 of them. That's how Nate Silver, for example, managed to call the 2012 presidential election accurately in all 50 states.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
    • bspurloc

      YET a news organization and cry about benghazi for over a year based on what they THINK was in an email

      May 29, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
    • mason

      sorry, but you're really showing your ignorance Mark

      May 29, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
    • cmcle

      The reported results are correct, as long as the sample is a random sample. Polling organizations are good at assuring random samples. By the way, a margin of error of 3% means there's a 95% likelihood the reported sample percentage falls within 3% of the true percentage for the population.

      If you think back to November, a statistician named Nate Silver correctly predicted the winner of the presidential race in all 50 states. He did it based on the results of polls with 1500-2000 respondents. (As a college professor who teaches statistics, I can tell you that the likelihood of predicting all 50 states correctly with random guessing is approximately 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000.)

      May 29, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
  5. naturechaplain

    Religion, faith, belief in the supernatural, religious communities, will always be with us. So will freethought and skepticism and non-theistic ethics. The real question is, what do we do with our differences? It's cultural suicide (and actually anti-American in some ways) to keep dividing us up into Insiders and Outsiders. As MLK said, we need to work toward mutuality and true justice or we will destroy ourselves. I'm a freethinker and former theist but work with and live with people of faith all the time. It can be done. Just takes more effort and commitment to creative collaboration.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
    • Colin

      Or, alternatively, we could drop the sky faries and all grow up.....

      May 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm |
    • Chris

      You live and work with people of faith all the time....kind of like in the 1960's when a white suburbanite would say they had a black friend.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • bspurloc

      fear feeds ignorance, ignorance feeds fear, religion is full of fear and ignorance

      May 29, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
    • Rabidmob

      So you "grow up" and what good does that do? Doesn't make a difference on the price of tea does it?

      May 29, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
    • Blackrar

      @naturechaplain

      You are missing one very important piece of the puzzle:
      All ideologies are not equal nor acceptable to our culture nor can they all be given the same respect.

      You cannot equate an ideology of a serial killer or rapist with the ideology of being against those things.

      They are not equal, they are not all acceptable, and if they are brutally brainwashed into such an ideology, there is no way that peace-loving people can afford to tolerate such vicious ideologies as you list.

      Islam is the worst. It is the fantasy-ideology of a rapist and it shows.
      Islam is the only ideology that still advocates, allows, promotes, markets, and causes slavery.
      If you are against slavery, you are against Islam.

      Letting slavers enter your cities and move freely is a direct cause of a great many kidnappings and missing people.
      How can you not see this?

      Oh, but you think they are your friends, yet this has never been the case. Your delusions are a security risk for all.
      Ideologies are not all equal, nor do any of them deserve special privileges because this violates the 14th Amend.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:56 pm |
  6. opinion8it

    People fail to know the difference between religion and spirituality. Religion will always fail and disappoint – spirituality is the breath of God.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      "Spirituality" is the modern, politically correct term for superst¡tion.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
    • Answer

      Try harder.

      You christards want to own spirituality , but never can. Keep dreaming tools.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
    • opinion8it

      to "answer" below.....

      Where in my comment did you see the word "Christian"?

      May 29, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
    • Vic

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/16/end-times-for-doomsday-linked-radio-network/comment-page-1/#comment-2343757

      May 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
    • bspurloc

      which god

      May 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
  7. David

    I'm proud to be an atheist.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
    • Chris

      You go Man. You will have an eternity to be proud.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
    • Sid of Wisconsin

      Damn right!

      May 29, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
    • bspurloc

      im proud not to believe in faerie tales then beat the ignorance into my kids

      May 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
  8. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    Tom, Tom, the Other One
    Where are you in all this, Muslim? Islam has a terrible reputation in America. What are you doing to encourage religiosity in Americans?

    It is hinduism, absurdity of a hindu atheist, crook self centered from hindered gutter of hindu atheism, filthy self center ism india, , other wise Islam if Foundation of America.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Off your meds again, aren't you?

      May 29, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
    • Answer

      It didn't have enough money for the bomb parts. Too bad.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm |
  9. Thinker

    LOve is the only religion.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Love is nothing more than submission to truth absolute GOD, other wise it is lust in hindu atheism, filthy self center ism.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
    • Mark

      Isn't that the slogan for NAMBLA?

      May 29, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
  10. Scott

    It's way past losing religion, America is losing it's morals and integrity, too.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
    • Val

      agreed. How many children are even born into stable families these days? But of course we are advancing as a society???

      May 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
  11. SciGuy

    God still reigns. When they say Peace and Safety, then will come sudden destruction.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  12. Rick

    True Christianity isn't about religion, It's about believing that Christ was beaten and crucified for our sins, and that He was resurrected, thereby overcoming death and Hell, so that we too can have the opportunity for eternal life. Christianity is not about church programs, who can speak most eloquently, nor who has the most education. It's about giving your life to Christ and believing in Him for salvation.

    1 Corinthians chapter 2:

    1.When In came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2.for I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3.I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4.My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5.so that your faith might not rest on man's wisdom, but on God's power.
    6.We do, however speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7.No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8.None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. 9.However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what god has prepared for those who love him" 10. but God has revealed it to us by his spirit. The spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11.For who among men knows that thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except Spirit of God. 12.We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13.This is what we speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14.The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15.The spiritual man makes judgements about all things, but himself is not subject to any man's judgement: 16."For who has known the mind of the Lord that they may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

    I know that there are those non-believers out there. All I can say for you is that I will be praying that god's Spirit will fill you, and that you will learn the truth before it is to late.

    It is written " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord', 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' " (Romans 14: 11) Everyone will eventually know the truth, whether there is a heaven or a Hell. Everyone will either die in their sins or die knowing that there is a savior, the Lord Jesus, who very much wants to see them spend eternity with Him.

    What choice will you make? I'm praying that is the correct one. Some say that prayer is a waste of time. I don't mind spending the extra time. I'll be praying for you anyway.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
    • Answer

      Christard blather.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
    • Carolyn

      Rick: You are absolutely right. You speak the truth.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Mike

      Zzzz.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
    • terry

      Good comment, Also, true religion the heart of Christianity. You can read Isaiah 58 and Matt 25. These chapters explain true religion.
      To all– God is with us and dwells in us. I know that is hard for a non believer to understand. We believers are not just following 2000 yr old belief, but we come to know for ourselves that Christ is alive. True Christianity is something you find in this life journey. When you find it, you will cherish Him with all your heart, and you will never let go. Until then, all unbelievers are on the outside looking in and can't understand what is front of them. Advice– Just ask the Lord to come into your heart and ask him to reveal himself to you. He will and You will LOVE HIM with all your heart, mind, body and soul.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
    • Alpha&Omega

      Sometimes I wonder if modern day proclaimed Christians are anything like Christians that lived during the live of Jesus or moments after his dead. Today Christians seem to consider the bible as their god and prefer to focus on its prophecies and teachings about sin, no different than Islam and their Koran. Little effort is placed on Jesus teachings, specially sins, which he considered as man made rules. Love was his main message and that gets lost in most modern day teachings. If people want to learn more about God my recommendation is to read a physics book instead of the bible, go outside and observe nature. Interact and share with other human beings, but not as a casual experience, but with a sense of wonder and love towards that person. God is everywhere just open your eyes.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:09 am |
  13. RAVEN

    The atheists & nonbelievers will get just what they want..................God will be as far away from them as possible............on judgement day you will be screaming the Lord's name......Jesus will say I don't know them..........Thank You for Jesus!!! Jesus is the bridge to get to God...........God cant look upon sin.........The TRUTH is simple.......You have to have Jesus to get to God.............God can see us thorough Jesus......Its the only way......... Peace.........AMEN!!

    May 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
    • Ted

      Good, your god is a sadistic, self centered, narcissist and is just plain evil. He lets people starve and die, when he could allegedly prevent it. What a d*ck.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Yeah, yeah, yeah, I always get a bang out of how these advocates for the kind, loving Jesus and his benign creator daddy always go straight to "you'll fry forever in hell" as soon as anyone points out what BS all the rest of their arguments are.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
    • SciGuy

      Ted, the true God, that is the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, is your creator, your sustainer, and your judge. You have no inherent being, it is derived from God.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • Answer

      All the claims about your true god.. same shit as Odin.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
    • Mark

      Always funny when people who deny god exists then judge him for not helping them. You're like a kid screaming at his parents to stay out of his life and then crying because they won't give him money.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Val

      The Athiests on here are an Angry bunch

      May 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Answer

      Christards love their emotional projections.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
  14. Ted

    So how is more religion a good thing. I view religion like Grover Norquist views government, it should be so small you can drown it in a bathtub.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
    • Val

      My life has been a great thing. I've done mission trips around the world. Why does other peoples faith bother YOU so much?

      May 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
  15. Vic

    The t i t l e of the a r t i c l e is exaggerated! The poll really is about religion loosing influence in America as opposed to America loosing its religion!

    May 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • kilroy

      You say that rather loosely.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  16. Pigs can fly

    Darwin was married to his cousin. Who cares about liberal, communist, gay loving, immoral atheists

    May 29, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • Ted

      No one cares about you evil believers, and your god of hate, either.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
    • Arthur Bryant

      Apparently, YOU do.

      May 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  17. Name*jpaq

    If we lose religion then who will the rappers thank for all their awards and their money and their hoes.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
  18. opinion8it

    Organized religion must die before truth can arrive.... wait for it.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
    • Val

      intolerance must dies before truth can arrive.....wait for it

      May 29, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
  19. Amber

    So.... When did America have a religion? I'm seeing so many Christians post on here about how "Christ" Is America... Come on guys this is not the 14th century, If so most of us would have be hung for treason. America was founded on the basis of freedom, this thanks to the 1st amendment also includes religion. How about and this goes for all religions. We stop making our new reporters make stupid articles like this, and focus on the dying children or the 3rd world counties who don't have the luxury of sitting on a computer or reading this in general? Look Going to church or say a cult gathering, still does not make you that religion, not only have I at 19 years old, read the Bible, and the Quran, and many other "Holy books" It doesn't matter what religion I am. Why don't we focus our attention as a nation, united, to things that matter to the rest of the world. Just saying My generation is whats gonna end up in power next. and honestly... American news is setting a horrid example. I refuse to let my child suffer for this generations mistakes. lets fix our "social" issues, like war, and then after that, I will be glad to duke it out over religion.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      "During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superst¡tion, bigotry and persecution."

      "What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, inst¡tuted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not."

      —James Madison (1809-1817), 4th US president, "father" of the Const¡tution and Bill of Rights, A Memorial and Remonstrance (1784)

      May 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  20. Randy

    The degradation of religion was inevitable – especially when so few of the faithful are willing to stand up and defend what they believe. If your beliefs support peace and goodwill towards all, then continue to follow your path. Reading viewpoints from both religious and atheists seem to suggest that hate and anger aren't exclusive to either side. Be kind towards one another. It's what makes us civil in a sometimes uncivilized world.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
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