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According to a new study, less than half of Americans belong to places of worship, but religion, especially Christianity, has had a major impact on US politics, especially as it declines more rapidly among Democrats than Republicans. I’m continuing.
According to the United States, only 47% of the US population is a member of a church, mosque, or synagogue. Gallup Survey, Down from 70% 20 years ago – partly as a result of millennials moving away from religion, but experts say there is also a reaction to the swirling mix of right-wing politics and Christianity pursued by the Republicans.
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Evidence comes as Republicans in some states have Pursuing extreme “Christian nationalist” policies, Trying to force their version of Christianity on the increasingly uninterested masses.
This week, the Governor of Arkansas signed a law allowing doctors to refuse to treat LGBTQ people for religious reasons, and other states are considering similar laws.
Gallup began asking Americans about church membership in 1937. And for decades, that number has always exceeded 70%. It began to change in 2000 and its numbers have been steadily declining since then.
Part of the decline is due to generational change, with only 36% of millennials and about 66% of those born before 1946 still members of the Church.
Among the other groups reported by Gallup, the decline in church membership stands out among self-proclaimed Democrats and independents. The number of democratic church members has decreased by 25% in 20 years, and the number of independents has decreased by 18%. Republican members also declined, but only down 12%.
With David Campbell, Professor Chair Co-author of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, Said that the reason for the decline between these groups was political – “allergic reaction to the right wing”.
“Many Americans, especially young people, believe that religion is associated with political conservatism, especially the Republican Party,” Campbell said.
“They don’t want to identify themselves as religious because it’s neither their party nor politics. Young people are particularly aware that many American religions are hostile to LGBTQ rights. I have allergies, but not all. “
the study According to Campbell, more and more Americans are turning away from religion as politicians, especially Republicans, mix religion with their politics. Campbell states that there has always been a decline and tide in American adherence to religion, but he believes the current decline is likely to continue.
“I don’t see any signs of declining religious right and Christian nationalism. This suggests that allergic reactions continue to occur. Therefore, more and more Americans are moving away from religion. Probably, “he said.
According to the report, the number of people identified as non-religious has steadily increased in recent decades. Michele Margolis, Associate Professor and Author of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania From politics to the pew.. According to Margolis, more than 20% of all Americans are classified as “none” and more than one-third of Americans under the age of 30 are classified as “none.”
“This means that as the cohort continues to change, non-identification will continue to be a larger share of the population,” Margolis said. But she agreed that another factor was the injection of right-wing politics and theism.
“Because religion is closed in connection with conservative politics, Democrats have opted out or less involved in organized religion, and Republicans have opted in,” she said.
Christian nationalists, who believe that the United States was founded as a Christian country and should continue to do so, have taken various steps to push their religion into American life.
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In states including Louisiana, Arkansas In Florida, the Republican Party has introduced laws that hack LGTBQ rights, reproductive rights, challenge couples’ ability to adopt children, and see religion pushed into the classroom.
The Governor of Arkansas recently signed the bill. Allowing healthcare professionals to refuse treatment for LGBTQ people For religious reasons. Montana is set to pass the law This allows people and businesses to discriminate against the LGBTQ community on the basis of religion.
“Don’t let me do what my God has to say to me,” said Republican Montana State Capitol John Fuller, a supporter of the law.
Alison Gil, Vice President of Legal and Policy at American Atheists, report The sneak peek of Christian extremism in the United States warned that a decline in religious compliance in the United States could actually accelerate its efforts rather than slow it down.
“A survey of people who equate with the beliefs of Christian nationalists feels that this group is more subject to discrimination and marginalization than any other group in society, including Muslims, blacks and atheists. Is consistently shown. [and] “Jewish,” Gil said.
“They are experiencing a loss of excellence in American culture as an unacceptable attack on their beliefs. This is a” religious freedom “that sticks to power, undermines democracy, and applies only. We are driving much of the effort we are seeing to fight for protection. To them. “
According to Gil, the influence of religion on politics is enormous.
“Even if the facts are no longer in agreement, America recognizes that it is primarily a religious society in itself. Politicians are often watched over to express their religious beliefs. It feels and is attacked because it is perceived as lacking, “she said.
The danger of right-wing repulsion is real, but co-founder Annie Laurie Gailer Freedom of religionGallup’s data suggests that the United States is moving in a positive direction, he said.
“We have this separation of church and state in the United States. Our constitution does not know God. It is said that we cannot take the religious test of public office, but in effect to win. You have to wear religion on your sleeve, “Gailer said.
“There is movement [away from religion], And we are happy to see this. I think it’s great that Americans finally woke up. “