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May 29th, 2013
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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

soundoff (6,389 Responses)
  1. Mohammad Followers Steadily Taking the World Backward

    there are some religions that are taking the world backward.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
  2. Mb

    Slllaayyeer!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    May 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  3. laura

    AND WHY THE ***** is it loosing its religion?

    May 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Michael

      Because people want there freedom to do what they like. And they have a problem with athority .

      May 30, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Rynomite

      Education & the easy dissemination of ideas via the internet.

      Athiests can bring their opinions to the consciousness of millions now, and many listen because the arguments are far more rational than the opposition.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • lol??

      Rynomite, seared con-sciences through vain philosophy???? EEEeeeeeewwwww, that's not exactly rational.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • Michael

      Yes religon is the real man-- where would the world be if not for religon
      In the beginning there was God and with God, came the word and with the word ,came beleivers and with beleivers came religon all in the foundation of the world .

      May 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • To laura,

      Yes, America has been "loosing" religion on all of us for far too long. It is time to reign in their powers and take away their exclusive special rights and tax exempt status.

      Oh, and you might want to learn how to spell the words you attempt to use.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
  4. Michael

    Woh aonmg you deos not unrdstnad me.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • laura

      the hmaun bairn is cpablae to udnesrtnad and raed tihs... when the first and second letters of the word are in their correct places

      May 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
  5. Mb

    Such great news.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
  6. laura

    ok guys i need to do a project and they ask me to look for new that include foreing policy in it. how can this article be related to the ideological objective ( gain support for a way of thinking or to prevent an apposin viewpoint) GRACIAS!

    May 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      You're crowd sourcing your homework?

      May 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • laura

      why, are u gonna help me?

      May 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      sure. For one thing, we don't prevent apposing view points in America.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  7. Michael

    No matter what I you need help we will always be there.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • Bradley

      What??? I guess it's you that needs help with English. Sorry, I am booked up today.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
  8. laura

    i dont get it. if 77% of american think that america is losing its religion... how come 75% says that america would be better if it was more religious?????!

    May 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • laura

      neeeeeeeeeeeeever mind!

      May 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      Because 75% of Americans are irrational.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • BU2B

      Roughly 85-90% of Americans are religious (Christian, Muslim, etc.). Of course most of them think we would be better off with more religion.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • OMG

      There are too many great scientific minds of people who happen to be religious.

      Do you refuse treatment from a Jewish doctor or refuse to board an airplane with a Christian pilot?

      May 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      The people who think we're losing are religion are the same people who think we need more?

      That would be a wild guess.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • laura

      ok guys i need to do a project and they ask me to look for new that include foreing policy in it. how can this article be related to the ideological objective ( gain support for a way of thinking or to prevent an apposin viewpoint) GRACIAS!

      May 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • BU2B

      As long as they aren't relying solely on prayer to do their job, then yes.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Laura

      I don't think this is a good article for your project.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • laura

      WHAYYYY dont say that im gonna cry. find one for me then ๐Ÿ˜‰ hahahahah

      May 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  9. Michael

    Think of all the things you could do if we let you .
    You could fill your perverted mind with all of hells bells – right
    You could do all the things you realy what to do that only you and I know about.
    Tell me what is stoping you . ?

    May 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Consequences.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Bradley

      I've never stoped before – how do you do it?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Huebert

      You don't "let me" do anything. I do what I like.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      Human decency preceeds religion.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • derp

      "Think of all the things you could do if we let you .
      You could fill your perverted mind with all of hells bells โ€“ right
      You could do all the things you realy what to do that only you and I know about.
      Tell me what is stoping you . ?"

      Christianity allows for doing whatever you want. Just do whatever you feel like, then ask for forgiveness, accept jesus as your saviour, and all is good.

      The entire faith is based on the absence of morality.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Huebert, you posted "You don't "let me" do anything. I do what I like."

      Answer: That's the same lie that Jodi Arias believed.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  10. faith

    ALSO BOYCOTT KFC WHO IS NOW CLONING BONELESS CHICKNS

    also report them to the authorities for their illgal practices.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • Madtown

      Please be careful, and do not eat the bones.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      That's pretty funny. Not true, but hilarious nonetheless.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
  11. Martin

    Atheists are rapidly becoming the Jehovah's Witnesses of the Left.
    Everything is their cue to preach.
    Pretty much every discussion of๏ปฟ the Moore tornado turned into an anti-religion soapbox.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Wow, troll, you sure know how to repeat yourself every page. Do you like being boring?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Atheists do not go door to door trying to disseminate their propaganda like religious zealots do.
      And just because someone is an atheist does not mean they are on the "left".
      You seem to use every opportunity to troll, so why judge others?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • KeyWester

      I find that Christians are on their soap boxes way more than non-believers. Anyhow not having a religious affiliation does not automatically prone to doing unethical or immoral things. You just don't pray to any "higher authority" about it or try to proselytize and annoy people.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      You're right Martin, Christians never try to convert people to Christianity.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
  12. Matt Phillips

    Is the percentage of Americans who do think it's a good thing that religion is losing its influence not increasing?

    May 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Alias

      well, if it is at its highest point ever it can't be decreasing.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
  13. Pablo

    Religion is a broad term. There are many religions around the world. This article doesn't specify, which is good, but what religion would we want influence from?
    Should one religion influence everyone?? I think not. Just as one religion isn't any more righteous than another.
    I don't think it's "America" that's losing it's faith. I think it's organized religions losing their followers, and they're upset about it since their job and income require they have followers.

    We travel many paths to find answers, and some of those paths are not meant for long term travel. I went from Catholicism to being lost. Once I found Buddhism I knew I was where I needed to be. Regardless of the path you follow, there are basic morals and ethics that everyone should learn from a young age. Those should be done by parents and family.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  14. Michael

    It looks like you have a problem with athority .

    May 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Obvious

      It looks like you have a problem finding the reply button.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Alias

      Only when that authority comes from a corrupt and unfair system.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • sam stone

      We reject that supposed authority

      May 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  15. Michael

    Repent haters ! You are destroying your nation and your behavior is self destructing.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Yeah christians....what he said.

      See you should probably specify which "haters " you mean.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      Seriously. I could think this is a poe.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  16. Michael

    No matter what you think is going on its not what you think.
    All notions think they can make it without God but as all nations learn it Cannot be done .
    You should read the history book called the bible . We are writing your story as I speek.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • Huebert

      The bible is a collection of myths, not a history book.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      The bible is NOT a history book. What are you 12?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      The bible is a conglomeration of myths stolen from previous cultures.
      We do not need gods. We get along without them just fine. We have every day and will continue to.

      You live without god as well. and always will, since god is the product of men's imagination.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • OMG

      I don't think the Bible was ever intended to be thought of as a "history book".

      It is a collection of stories, myths, geneaologies, poetry, songs, testaments, wise sayings, ancient wisdom, parables and much more.

      It points to God, our creator.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • WASP

      @michael: our secular government has been doing just fine without the interference of your "god". your "history book" was written by sheepherders, assembled by pagans and distributed by war-popes. not such a good "history book" to be following seeing it even gets how the universe was created wrong.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • OMG

      @Richard

      How do you steal a myth from another culture?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      OMG,

      The Bible points to the fantasies and superst'itions of a group of Middle Eastern Hebrews.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Obvious

      POE

      May 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • Tyler

      The bible is a power tool meant to curb the masses. Just like every other religious book. It is a story that should strike fear into the powerless to rule over them in fear mongering ways.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      OMG
      Ask the men who wrote the bible. They did it throughout it.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • sam stone

      Michael: Jeebus is waiting for you. Got a sidearm?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • OMG

      The Bible is honest. It paints an honest picture of the people – warts and all.

      There are some human truths that have not changed after thousands of years.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • WASP

      @OMG: "How do you steal a myth from another culture?"

      ever heard of halloween? yeah that was a myth that was stolen from other cultures, see not that hard.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • OMG

      @ WASP

      To me, Halloween is a secular holiday influenced by other cultures.

      I think a better term is "influenced by" over "stolen".

      All cultures borrow from each other. That is part of being human.

      I haven't seen any reliable information about the Bible plagiarizing or stealing from other books.

      The Hebrews borrowed stories from other cultures. Openly.

      Not stealing. Come on!

      May 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • WASP

      @OMG: borrowing means you intend to return the item.
      stolen is what the stories of jesus etc etc etc are. he11 even how jesus is depicted to look is oddly similar to the old norse and roman depictions of their thundergods, zues and odin.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Horus: Egyptian, 6000 BC
      Dionysus: Greek, 1500 BC
      Attis: Greek, 1200 BC
      Mithra: Zoroastrian, 600 BC
      Krishna: Hindu, 400 BC
      Jesus: Christian, 30 AD
      A) Born on Dec. 25 โ€“ Horus, Attis, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus
      B) Virgin Birth โ€“ Horus, Attis, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus
      C) Sign of Star in the East โ€“ Horus, Krishna, Jesus
      D) Adorned by 3 Kings โ€“ Horus, Jesus
      E) Teacher at age 12 โ€“ Horus, Mithra, Jesus
      F) Ministry started at 30 โ€“ Horus, Jesus
      G) 12 Disciples โ€“ Horus, Mithra, Jesus
      H) Travelled with Disciples Performing Miracles โ€“ Horus, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus
      I) AKA The Truth, the Light, Godโ€™s Shepherd โ€“ Horus, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus
      J) Betrayed โ€“ Horus, Jesus
      K) Crucified โ€“ Horus, Attis, Jesus
      L) Buried 3 days โ€“ Horus, Attis, Mithra, Jesus
      M) Resurrected โ€“ Horus, Attis, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus

      May 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • derp

      Doc,

      http://zeitgeistchallenge.com/

      You shouldnt have a problem winning right?

      May 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • OMG

      A) Born on Dec. 25 โ€“ Horus, Attis, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus

      Jesus Christ probably was not born on December 25th.

      I understand Americans, both religious and secular (including our government) observe his birth on this date).

      May 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Fables = fairy tales, myths, oh my favorite (cough) the atheists use Sky Fairy, etc. How many years ago did Jesus have Holy men scribe His truth?

      2 Timothy 4:2-4

      2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

      3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

      4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

      Amen.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • OMG

      B) Virgin Birth โ€“ Horus, Attis, Krishna, Dionysus, Mithra, Jesus

      There are lots of virgin birth stories.

      There are even Native American virgin birth origin stories. Did they canoe over to ancient middle east and steal them from Greeks?

      Can you show 1 credible report about a Mithra virgin birth?

      The only story I can find has Mithra emerging from a rock – as a fully mature man.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      OMG
      Stolen, plagarized whatever,,,the same applies to all intellectual property. worrying about the the exact word is really pretty pointless.
      thebible is just a collection of previously told myths...is that better?

      May 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • OMG

      @ Richard

      Can you cite some examples? I've discussed this with other people – and they always refer to atheist sites that do not have credible sources.

      It seems like people try very hard to make a case – and I usually just can't see their point.

      Yes, people share and tell other people's stories.

      If it is a truth about God – it is for all people.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • OMG

      Nobody can find credible sources?

      May 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      OMG
      SInce I have no idea what you would condier a reliable source, I won't bother in putting up individual links.
      You can do your own searches, try searching "mithra" and "christianity based on other relgions" for a start. If you do enough research, you will find far older religons, ow considered myths that christianity has changed a few of the stories around, but you can see the direct relationships from one story to the next.
      You'll have to do your own legwork on this one. I have studiesd a lot of this for years so a quick fix answer is not forthcoming. Good luck believing in your myths once you see where they have come from.

      May 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  17. faith

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    2DAY, 2MORROW, 4EVER

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    May 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Alias

      I may have to donate to the Satanic Church in your name.
      I'm not a member, but i bet they will still take my money.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • Huebert

      The Nazis believed that they were doing God's will.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Mark 9:24

      And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

      Amen.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • Science

      Hey faith

      http://www.ge.com/docs/chapters/Industrial_Internet.pdf

      Take a hike in the forest you will learn something !.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Huebert,

      There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12)

      Amen.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • godschild

      @Alias really ? U would go as far as supporting a satanic church that sacrifices innocent babies as an offering to satan.? That's wrong even when u leave God out of it

      May 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • Huebert

      You quoting the bible has as much meaning to me as me quoting Batman does to you.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • WASP

      @HS: timothy said it best: TIMOTHY 2:11-12 "11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.

      I can quote verses also, so follow what your bible said and don't think yourself above men.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      HeavenSent

      "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death."

      You are a man (or woman). Your way seemeth right to you, huh? So.....

      (it's turtles all the way down...)

      May 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Alias

      @godschild
      You know nothing about the true worshippers of Satan.
      Their religion predates christianity.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      This is embarassing to have to tell you, faith, but your caps lock is showing.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • OMG

      Martin Luther King, Jr's faith in Jesus Christ motivated him to lead a civil rights movement.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      A Frayed Knot, I have been posting Jesus truth.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • Alias

      @OMG
      Wrong! MLK (like so many other leaders inhistory) wanted to influence the masses and used religion to unite the people and give himself/his cause credibility.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
    • Ernest T Bass

      @Heavenstench........... "A Frayed Knot, I have been posting Jesus truth."

      You have been posting quotes from a book of fairytale mythology....... nice going!

      May 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • OMG

      @ Alias

      His cause was to bring justice to oppressed Americans. Our founding fathers created one of the most hypocritical declaration of independence where all men were created equal (by God).

      Our founding fathers seemed only interested in white, wealth land owners.

      MLK helped free God's people.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • Catechism Sucks

      Really Bill, the priests that committed crimes and the RCC hierarchy that were accessories by not reporting them to the authorities were not considered better than other people, really? If the perp was just a member of the laity they would have turned his ass over in a heartbeat. Your condescending tone to all others on this blog is probably due to your low self esteem than anything else, pathetic.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      It might help with your frustration at not getting questions answered if you posted them on the relevant thread.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • JMEF

      I have sinned but never murdered anyone mea culpa; If the question no matter how misplaced is too tough just duck it like the coward you are.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • JMEF

      And yes, I was using the handle catechism sucks to get under your skin, mea culpa again. The catechism I once owned made superior toilet paper.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • Alias

      @OMG
      Politicians have always, always, always played to the wealthy.
      Our founding fathers were politicians, not saints.

      May 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  18. Pam

    umm....religion is not supposed to influence our laws.....period!!!

    May 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • faith

      Pam
      umm....religion is not supposed to influence our laws.....period!!!

      thus saith pam the idiot

      yes sar bhoss. whatever u don say masser

      May 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • OMG

      Why not?

      What is supposed to influence our laws? Money?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Huebert

      @omg

      Philosophy and ethics.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Run Pam Run! Before it's too late!

      May 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • BU2B

      Key word on "supposed".

      Article 1, Section 4 of the Texas state const-itution: "RELIGIOUS TESTS. No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being."

      May 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Huebert, Isn't religion philosophy and ethics?

      May 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • WASP

      @OMG: logic, math and equality are suppose to influence our laws, not magic and fairytales.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Huebert

      @bill

      Religion is the organized worship of a supernatural deity. Many religious thinkers have written about philosophy and ethics, but they are not the same thing.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • TDM

      I suggest every person look at what the the meaning of "separation of church and state" means.
      If you cannot grasp it, try again. Religious beliefs are NOT to be codified into law in our SECULAR nation. As Pam said, PERIOD.
      Those that try to be codified will inevitable be struck down as being unconstitutional.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Psalms 15:2

      He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

      Amen.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Ah, I think we find room for agreement. I believe we should keep religion out of government but allow for the influence of the philosophy and ethics of religious people. Don't you?

      May 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Huebert

      Religious people are free to believe and be influenced by whatever they like, so long as they allow me and all others the same freedom. This does not mean that the philosophies ethics, and beliefs of either religious or secular individuals should be free of criticism.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Catechism Sucks

      Poor cowardly Bill just cannot be quiet until the questions get too hard for him to answer.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • TDM

      Is philosophy and ethics somehow bettercoming from a religious person rather than a non-religious? I don't think so.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • OMG

      Martin Luther King, Jr's faith in Jesus Christ motivated him to lead a civil rights movement.

      Religion influencing laws.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • The rest of the story

      If you read the history of MLK Jr you will find he was a bad muther and used religion as a tool. Saying that he did a lot of good for freedom and the advancement of the nation is a given but he was a poor christian as far as sinning goes.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      TDM one person is not better than another, whether we proceed from the law or from the Scripture. However, some ideas are better than others.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bill, remember Isaiah 5:20

      Amen.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
    • OMG

      MLK drank and smoked a lot.

      But he did say Jesus Christ spoke to him.

      All Christians sin and fail to live to their ideals. We are all fallen creatures.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      OMG,

      Gandhi did a lot of good too. No Jesus necessary.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • OMG

      I'm citing examples of religion influencing American laws.

      I appreciate Gandhi.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • Catechism Sucks

      OMG...We are not all fallen creatures only the fools that buy into the delusion are. Enjoy your self pity nonsense.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @OMG

      Your example doesn't make sense. MLK was spurred by his religion to promote change, but there's no clear cut religious purpose within the civil rights movement that's just for christians.

      DOMA for instance is religiously motivated because it's a law based on religious beliefs to obstruct rights of others. The reasoning for it itself is religious in nature for the reasoning behind the civil rights movement might have had a religious leader, but was based on promoting equality without religious verbage.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • OMG

      Not self pity. Honesty.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • Dippity Two

      Chuckles,
      "equality without religious verbage."

      It's "verbiage".

      (sorry, just want you to look good)

      May 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • OMG

      @ Chuckles.

      He wasn't doing it only for Christians.

      I am a Christian that attempts to help my fellow human beings. Not just my Christian brothers and sisters.

      "And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old -– spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

      May 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Dippity

      Well at least you're equal opportunity when you correct spelling.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      catechism doesn't seem to think all men are created equal. Hmm how does that fit in with our law?

      May 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @OMG

      That's precisely what I'm saying. Religion might have motivated MLK to lead the civil rights, but that's not religion influencing laws.

      Religion influencing laws is when reasons to support or oppose a law is based purely on religious grounds. The hot button social issues this country faces are largely made up of the religious so-called "moral majority" trying to legislate their morality on the rest of the country, whether that's ending abortions, legislating that our currency and pledge include the word "god", to stop gay people getting married. The oppositions side is steeped strictly in religious dogma and if religion wasn't present, many of these issues wouldn't be issues at all.

      The civil rights, what MLK fought for, was beyond religion the same way that a law like making it illegal to murder people clearly falls outside the wheelhouse of religion.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • OMG

      Good points Chuckles. I agree.

      But I think religion exists in people – and there are religious people that influence government.

      I think Jesus Christ was more concerned about his followers helping the poor, not legislating or governing others.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @OMG

      Sure, you could make the argument that there are religiously motivated legislators and that religion, by proxy, influences laws by acting through legislators but that's you hoping a christian (or muslim, or jewish) legislator is acting in the best interest of his religious morality instead of trying to consolidate power and appease consti.tuents.

      As for jesus, yeah he probably was more concerned with helping others, though the prevailing theory in many circles is that jesus was interested in only helping out his fellow man a.k.a. jewish people. He wasn't necessarily huge on helping the Romans or the other external communities, so you have to take what he says with a grain of salt.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • JMEF

      So Bill why were the criminal priests not turned over to the authorities as required by the law? Did your lot believe they were more privileged than the "normal" criminal is that what you mean by equal?

      May 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • OMG

      I think there are examples of Jesus asking us to help others, not just Jews.

      The roman soldier he healed, the parable of the good Samaritan and even before dying on the cross after being abused and humiliated by Romans – he asks God to forgive them.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • JMEF

      Did you miss the bit where JC mumbled out, why god did you forsake me. Got a real good feeling that all you delusional nutters will be saying the same thing when you go ti.ts up.

      May 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • OMG

      Jesus was reciting a Psalm.

      Psalm 22
      http://biblia.com/bible/nasb95/Psalm%2022.1

      "Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help
      Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.
      They open wide their mouth at me, As a ravening and a roaring lion.
      I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me.
      My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And Thou dost lay me in the dust of death.
      For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.
      I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me;
      They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots. "

      May 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
  19. Pigs can fly

    I believe Mother Nature waved her wand over a frog and it turned into a prince

    May 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      Try studying evolution instead.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • Alias

      PLEASE! that frog thing is just a story for kids.
      It was a toad.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  20. Blutz

    I'll bet the same people who think it's bad that Americans are losing their religion would love to see Muslims get rid of theirs.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Alias

      +1

      May 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
    • Julie

      There are a good number of moderate Christian churches in the U.S. that have good inter-faith dialogue with both moderate Islamic churches and synagogues. So, although I don't agree with your statement, I would say that the extreme fundamental Christian presence in the U.S. sets a terrible example for anyone else, including all Islamists.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The unbelievers will never be satisfied, but will weep when satan's chaos rules supreme that they are diligently ushering in.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
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