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Survey: Protestants are no longer majority in U.S.
October 9th, 2012
01:00 PM ET

Survey: Protestants are no longer majority in U.S.

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Following a string of recent developments that suggest waning Protestant power - like the first Supreme Court with no Protestant justices, and a Protestant-free Republican presidential ticket - a new Pew survey finds that Protestants are no longer the majority in the United States.

The Protestant population has declined from 53% of the U.S. population in 2007 to 48% this year, according to the survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, released Tuesday.

The results mark the first time since Pew has been tracking the country's religious demographics that the share of Protestant Christians in the United States has dipped significantly below 50%.

The largest decline among Protestant subgroups tracked by Pew was among white mainline Protestants, whose proportion of the population dropped 3 percentage points, from 18% to 15%.

At the release of the Pew survey, John Green, a senior adviser at Pew, quoted historian Robert Wuthnow in characterizing the changes as part of a wider “restructuring of American religion.”

Survey: One in five Americans has no religion

“The core of this phenomenon is many of the older distinctions that characterize American religion …  are being replaced with a new kind of religion,” Green said.

The study also found that the fastest growing "religious group" in the country is people who are not affiliated with any religion.

The decline of Protestant hegemony has been on display in recent developments in politics and government.

John Paul Stevens, who retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, was the last Protestant to serve on the Supreme Court. President Barack Obama replaced him with Elena Kagan, who is Jewish. The court is now made up entirely of Jews and Catholics.

Among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates, only Barack Obama is a Protestant.

Mitt Romney is a Mormon, while running mate Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden are both Catholic.

The Republican ticket is the first Protestant-free presidential ticket in decades.

William Galston, senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, told CNN that the GOP ticket "really symbolizes the passing of an era.”

"All the groups that make up the new American population, as opposed to the population of 50 years ago, are now participating on equal" terms, in politics and American society in general, Galston said.

The Pew findings echo those of other surveys that track religious trends. The General Social Survey, conducted by the University of Chicago, has also shown a downward trend in American Protestantism.

According to Pew, Protestants are still the largest religious group in the United States, followed by Catholics, who make up 22% of the country, and the unaffiliated, who account for almost 20%.

“There are vast implications for this change for American society,” Green said. “The trends that we have been observing are likely to continue for at least several decades, if not longer than that.”

The Pew report is based on a telephone survey from June 28-July 9, 2012, that included a national sample of 2,973 adults. The margin of error ranges between two and four percentage points.

- CNN's Josh Levs contributed to this report.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Catholic Church • Christianity • Politics • Protestant

soundoff (386 Responses)
  1. charlotte

    Ummmm....... so what?

    October 9, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
  2. End Religion

    http://youtu.be/eTX5dTCCOj4

    October 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  3. Reality

    Only for new members of this blog:

    Why Protestants are losing members:

    Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie"/"horn-blowing" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:

    Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    October 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • Danny

      Roger Williams? Dude, you need to read up on your history. Williams was for religous freedom LONG before Jefferson.

      October 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • Reality

      What does Roger Williams call for religious freedom got to do with his flawed theology?

      October 10, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  4. HiggsbosonIsReligion

    2 Thessalonian 2 – [3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, EXCEPT THERE COME A FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    Falling Away – apostasia

    1) a falling away, defection, apostasy
    Authorized Version – to forsake

    Yes sir....right on time.

    October 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • End Religion

      bring on the sweet, sweet atheism

      October 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • HiggsbosonIsReligion

      bring on the sweet, sweet atheism

      2Thes.2 – [11] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, THAT THEY SHOULD BELIEVE A LIE:

      Blue Letter Bible – pseudos –

      1) a lie
      2) conscious and intentional falsehood
      3) in a broad sense, whatever is not what it seems to be
      a) of perverse, impious, deceitful precepts

      Thanks for your help with the verifying the accuracy.

      October 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
    • End Religion

      bring on sweet, sweet rationality

      October 9, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      hiiggy..with no proof of your god your assumptions are meaningless. God could be and is most likely just a lie as well....

      October 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • OTOH

      Higgs...

      Same thing as:

      "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. It is I the great and powerful Oz!"

      - or -

      Picture Elmer Gantry haranguing Paul's "Thessalonians". Pure showmanship.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • HiggsbosonIsReligion

      You guys....come on. Please.....be rational thinkers instead of pretenders.

      Not even Darwin believed his own lies.

      "The number of intermediate varieties which have formerly existed on earth must be truly enormous. Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory." – Charles Darwin 1902

      "I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science….It is a mere rag of an hypothesis with as many flaw[s] & holes as sound parts.” Charles Darwin

      Fossils in no way prove evolution. They prove the creatures existed. Dinosaurs are mentioned in the Book Of Job.

      October 10, 2012 at 6:34 am |
    • End Religion

      @HiggsbosonIsReligion:

      hbir, at some point we have to build on the knowledge we have. If we want to answer "what is 1 + 1" in Math class, we can't stop to go back and debate the definition of the word "one" or "plus" each time.

      Progress requires building on our collective knowledge. To do that we have to establish a way to prove an assumption by:
      1) asserting a hypothesis and its componenets
      2) testing the components for substantial supporting evidence, unsupported components go back to be refined
      3) either agree after successful testing that in our shared reality the hypothesis is now supported, or that overall unsupported components may mean the hypothesis fails
      4) for sake of ease many people call these tested and supported hypotheses "facts", but again that's just so that we can get on with progress. There may be some people who can show under the right conditions that 1 + 1 does not equal 2, but in order to function in a society we have to get on with calling supported hypotheses "facts".

      The issue at play here is that religious people are willing to agree to facts the world has established - until those facts cross into their delusion. Then they wiggle and worm, employ Ad Hoc Hypothesis until one of the debaters faints from exhaustion, then finally invoke magic to overcome the facts they don't like.

      The bible has been shown as having very little if any historic value, and nearly zero factual content, despite what any church will tell you. If you rely only on the bible to make a point, that point is considered worthless because we've already proved the bible worthless as source material. We have to build on the knowledge we have. We cannot continually go back to square one with showing you the bible is false, especially when you will only invoke magic at the end of the discussion.

      ***
      "You guys....come on. Please.....be rational thinkers instead of pretenders. Not even Darwin believed his own lies."

      You've immediately crossed into where you're dismissed as a zealot. It won't help but I've taken the time to reply in the hope you'll one day understand why.

      Darwin was a human. He came up with an amazing hypothesis that has since been accepted as "scientific theory" which is also known as fact. Just because the word "theory" is in there doesn't mean it is a "guess". It is a framework idea on the evolution of man, and further the planet, and now possibly the universe (multiverse?), that has been tested and refined over the years, holding up to the most intense of erudite scrutiny.

      But as I said, he was human. He lived 100 years ago. He worked on natural selection theory before and after Origin for over 40 years. He was subject to the culture of the time. He certainly didn't get everything exactly correct right out of the gate. Apparently "though he thought of religion as a tribal survival strategy, Darwin was reluctant to give up the idea of God as an ultimate lawgiver." Darwin didn't deny god, he was agnostic. "He still viewed organisms as perfectly adapted, and Origin reflects theological views," according to Wikipedia. You are trashing a former clergyman who was trying to cling to religion in the face of odds against it.

      But that's the beauty of science. He could have any belief he wants as long as he reports on fact. And he did. But you don't want to believe it. In a nutshell this is why religion must end.

      ***
      "The number of intermediate varieties which have formerly existed on earth must be truly enormous. Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory." – Charles Darwin 1902

      Darwin just didn't see many fossils. We've found plenty of them since Darwin's day. Is this your example of what you believe is a lie? You've got to stop hanging around on Creationist websites. People will think you're a zealot.

      ***
      "I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science….It is a mere rag of an hypothesis with as many flaw[s] & holes as sound parts.” Charles Darwin

      It is evident the fellow had low self confidence. He also wrote this self-depricating note to a friend about his own portrait: "if I really have as bad an expression, as my photograph gives me, how I can have one single friend is surprising."

      He knew he was asserting an earth-shattering hypothesis, one that challenged his own thoughts about god, and could even foment violence amongst the religious. He knew he'd have to put up with zealots like you. He wasn't entirely confident he was ready to put himself and his family through the shitstorm once he went public with his findings.

      Fortunately it turned out to be a wonderful hypothesis. Despite some flaws it has been refined into one of the most important facts that humans know about their reality. You should thank him for his courage.

      ***
      "Fossils in no way prove evolution. They prove the creatures existed."

      Evolution has substantial supporting evidence. The fossil record is a part of that. Many regard evolution as a factual explanation of the planet's progress. Those that don't subscribe to the scientific theory of evolution rely instead on magic to explain the world.

      ***
      "Dinosaurs are mentioned in the Book Of Job."

      First, please refer to the beginning of this post where we can assume none of what is mentioned in the bible matters at all.

      Next, *something* is mentioned in Job as a behemoth or leviathan. Given an equally wide berth in accuracy to all potential candidates, it could be: dinosaur, hippo, Plesiosaur, crocodile, or a squirrel (if any of those things could breath fire, that is). Applying what we know from evolution, which we wouldn't normally bother with because it is a waste of time (the BIBLE IS A FRAUD), there is no proof in the fossil record of any dinosaur living during the time of man's existence. At least, a dinosaur as we think of one in the general Jurassic Park style. You could argue that dinosaurs have evolved into birds and birds are here now, or that crocodiles are really dinosaurs, or what have you, ergo, dinosaurs are here now, but that's another post.

      You can see more Bible's Bizarre Bestiary here: http://www.bibleufo.com/crypto.htm
      Note that is a site arguing in support for the animals, so it may appeal to you. Just leave out the author's other ramblings on UFOs because that would be weird, right? His list conveniently leaves out the talking donkey from Numbers, the talking snake from Genesis and others. Here's another site with more mythological bible creatures: http://www.lizaphoenix.com/encyclopedia/biblical.shtml

      Does Esau in Genesis 25:25 who "came out red, all over like an hairy garment" count as a creature or maybe just a human with Hypertrichosis?

      October 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  5. truth be told

    Poor leadership is Gods curse on a nation.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • G. Zeus Kreiszchte

      Correction: Poor leadership is any alleged god's curse on the Universe, since "god" can't even show itself unequivocally to all of mankind in such a way so as not to be misunderstood! What a dolt!

      October 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Turd Be Smelly, you're a curse on this entire planet.

      October 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • End Religion

      god is the definition of poor leadership

      October 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
  6. G. Zeus Kreiszchte

    YES! The fastest growing group is non-religious (or perhaps just not associated with any lame-ass organized fairy tale mumbo-jumbo). PRAISE SCIENCE! R'Amen!

    October 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi prayer-bot.

      October 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 10, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • Student of History

      Prayer hasn't made you capable of rational argument.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      October 10, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  8. Say It Aint So

    WHAT!! Do you mean to say that the protesters of the Catholic Church are now in the minority? Are you saying Martin Luther and John Calvins dreams of revolution have been upset by the counter-reformation? What will we do? How will life go on? CATASTROPHY!!

    October 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  9. hINDUISM RACISM OF hINDU'S, CRIMINALS BY FAITH EXPOSED

    Makes no difference, all of them are follower's of hindu Mithraism, pagan savior ism in hind, deception in worship to a hindu fabricated figure, under sign of hinduism, racism cross to continue their hinduism, illegality on name of truth absolute God. Master's of hinduism, deception to rob and steal from humanity.

    October 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism

      Newsflash, Muslim turd, your alleged god was fabricated, too.

      October 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Richard Leigh

      Stop making w'hores out of your women you Taliban turds. You cover them in Borka with holes to breath and a look through window, we don't take kindly to your types around here.

      October 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • hINDUISM RACISM OF hINDU'S, CRIMINALS BY FAITH EXPOSED

      by hinduism ignorance of a hindu, ignorant, get some education before spewing your hinduism, absurdity, Truth absolute is not just a word, but proven by quantum Physics. AND TRUTH ABSOLUTE IS GOD OF ABRAHAM AND MINE, and your hindu sanatan, filthy man gad is laying in a hind, filth high on cannabis.

      October 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • calypsoace

      Holy Moly...I can't believe that guy just said "filth high on cannabis" Hahahaha

      October 10, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  10. CGAW

    ahhhhh, so nice to have a tolerant atheist in the forum

    October 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • End Religion

      do not judge lest Judge Judy judge ye

      October 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      GewGaw, it's a great counterbalance to your bloviating flatulence.

      October 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
  11. LouAZ

    Catholics and jews . . . no wonder everything is so extreme now days. Two of the three (islam) dead religions of brain washed children.

    October 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  12. CGAW

    Just another article onhow everyone in america is confused and has no idea what to do – country is going in the crapp-r, put your floaties on as we get flushed down the drain from a corrupt 2 party system with crazy protestant preachers.

    October 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • End Religion

      the world's not getting worse it is simply progressing. And as usual, old people and religious types have always been and will always be resistant to change. Never fear. We will drag you kicking and screaming into the future.

      October 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
  13. david

    The democratic platform of removing God has devistated America. It's time to put the breaks on this right now. Vote for a real change !

    October 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @david,

      thanks for your post. It's hillarious. The idea that the DNC has some causality with the number of Protestants is a singularly unqiue idea.

      By the way it's "devastated" and "brakes".

      October 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • === o ===

      TBT you are such an idiot. Sorry, but you never fail to live up to that term.

      October 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  14. jaxr127

    Am I missing something? The statistics say that 68% of this 20% believe in God but just don't consider themselves as Catholic, Baptist,Jewish etc. I also saw the graph that showed only about 5% was agnostic or atheist.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @jaxr127,

      I was compelled to double check that math:

      68% x 19.6% = 13.3%

      19.6% – 5.5% = 14.1%

      Since 14.1% > 13.3% the data is self consistent. The "unaffilliated" contains believers (13.3%) and non-believers.

      Remember that in Pew-speak "unaffilliated" does not equal atheist + agnostic.

      October 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  15. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    This article about Protestants no longer claiming "majority" status is linked on the CNN front page. In ~4.5 hours there are only 124 posts – about 0.5ppm.

    In contrast the "nones are now 20%" article, also linked on the CNN front page has 5,262 posts in ~17.5 hours and is still going strong at an average rate of 5ppm including overnight.

    So why 10X the interest in posters?

    – Both datapoints are from the same survey.
    – Both datapoints show the same trend:

    decreasing adherence to organized religion = increasing non-adherence to organized religion

    Why the 10X ratio in contributions by posters?

    October 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      There's probably a master's thesis in there somewhere if you're really interested.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • End Religion

      occam's razor. answer is likely very simple, like one was published during a time of day when more people tend to be online, or one has been on longer and attracted commenters who then haven't been back to check the home page for new posts.

      October 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  16. GreenMan

    "The Protestant population has declined from 53% of the U.S. population in 2007 to 48% this year, according to the survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, released Tuesday."

    I wish I could find a link to this survey. Why no link in either article on CNN? When checking their web site, the newest survey data I could find showed Protestants as 51%. Speaking as a Pagan, it really doesn't matter to me much one way or the other, but the numbers I can find do not line up with the numbers in this article. Calls the whole article into question when a simple link could clear it up. Then again, CNN will likely add a link now that I've written this and I'll end up looking even more stupid, lol.

    Did I just miss it?

    Anyway, you won't hear a lot about my folks. We only make up about 1/2 of 1% of Americans. Well, at least that's how many are willing to "come out of the broom closet" and tell a pollster the truth. We don't try to convert people, and no – we don't eat babies – so we aren't very newsworthy. Of course, we also don't hijack planes, blow up clinics or Federal buildings, so not making the news isn't always a bad thing.

    BB

    October 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @GreenMan,

      dude, you're killing me here.

      Introductory page:
      http://www.pewforum.org/Unaffiliated/nones-on-the-rise.aspx

      Full survey:
      http://www.pewforum.org/uploadedFiles/Topics/Religious_Affiliation/Unaffiliated/NonesOnTheRise-full.pdf

      Have at it.

      Share and enjoy.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Presuming Wicca, you might find a reference on the 2007 comprehensive report.

      http://religions.pewforum.org/reports

      The latest data is a small sample and is really an update to their database. It only polled 2,973 respondents. Wiccans won't show up in this survey.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Here (from 2007)
      http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/report-religious-landscape-study-full.pdf

      Other Faiths / New Age / Wiccan: <0.3%

      October 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      Sigh.

      In the amount of time it took you to post your comment, you could have opened a search engine, typed in 'Pew Report Religion' and been reading the report well before you were done.

      Ask yourself... why complain about 'no link' when you have the tools to find the report yourself – and as a bonus – YOU found it. You know it's real, and you know where it is.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • independent jim

      this survey tells me one thing ...more Americans are beginning to think for themselves and no longer live in ignorance ..that is the reason the GOP/TP wants education cuts ..so their ranks can grow again

      October 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  17. RichardSRussell

    One of the world's best stand-up jokes, from Emo Phillips:

    I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said "Stop! Don't do it!"
    "Why shouldn't I?" he said.
    I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!"
    He said, "Like what?"
    I said, "Well...are you religious or atheist?"
    He said, "Religious."
    I said, "Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?"
    He said, "Christian."
    I said, "Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?"
    He said, "Protestant."
    I said, "Me too! Are you Ep¡scopalian or Baptist?"
    He said, "Baptist!"
    I said, "Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?"
    He said, "Baptist Church of God!"
    I said, "Me too! Are you Original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?"
    He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God!"
    I said, "Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915?"
    He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915!"
    I said, "Die, heretic scµm!" and pushed him off.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @RichardSRussel

      I'm rather fond of this one:

      “When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.” – Emo Philips

      October 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • End Religion

      both awesome contributions, thx!

      October 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
  18. Chad

    anyone actually truly read the bible... i mean truly. one of the most disgusting, disturbing books in the world. lets quote the wonderful peacefull quotes but the bad ones nah.. omg WHY are we still talking about this. 2012 comon people. the pope will be mad if he doesnt get his money. id like to thank my ex for leaving me after i became agnostic. id also like to thank her mother for pushing it...a mother that gives 15 grand to the church every year. 15 GRAND.... up by the alter there is a sad face and a happy face. if the sad face is up that means the church needs more money. hello people hello ya get it yet? nahhhhhh

    October 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."
      —Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), American science-fiction writer

      October 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  19. Chad

    finally the united states is evovling slowly... WAY slowly mentally to all other developed nations but hey we are getting there. If you believe in a human being living 500 years old "noah" then thats your business.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  20. Honey Badger Dont Care

    Why do they have these two tards up there if they are talking about Protestants? Neither one of these guys is Protestant.

    October 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Christianity and Islam is a mental disease- FACT

      One of them supprots r a p e of children and the other thinks there are magical plates. lol

      October 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      They both actually believe, that along with them in the room they are in, along with the "briefcase" with nuclear launch codes, there are seriously angels, and devils. They affirm this every day. If THAT isn't scarey, I don't know what is.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @HBDC,

      Actually, I think that's the point!

      There is only one Protestant candidate for POTUS/VPOTUS and in his case that's a pretty nebulous non-denominational one.

      There are zero Protestants on the SCOTUS.

      WASP America is disappearing. That's why the WASPs have been recruiting Catholics under the WAS-"Christian" banner even though traditionally WASPs like to exclude Catholics as Christians.

      It's kinda fun to watch the fundies squirm as their relevance gradually evaporates. All those Hispanic babies. So many more Catholic, democratic voters. They're terrified.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Neither of them is a Protestant. That's the very point. Could anyone in 1950 have imagined this?

      October 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
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