According to experts, “allergic reactions to the right-wing religion in the United States” are contributing to the decline of religion.
The proportion of Americans attending church is steadily declining, and the whirlpool of right-wing politics and Christianity plays an important role for religious leaders and Donald Trump for the National Prayer Day in September 2017. I am. Photo: Evanvucci / AP Less than half of Americans are homes of worship, new studies show, but religion, especially Christianity, is declining more rapidly among Democrats than Republicans, so it’s in US politics It continues to have a big impact. According to a Gallup survey, only 47% of the US population is a member of churches, mosques and synagogues, down from 70% 20 years ago. This is also a result of Millennials’ departure from religion, but experts say it’s a swirling mix of right-wing politics and Christianity pursued by the Republicans. Evidence comes when Republicans in some states pursue extreme “Christian nationalist” policies and try to force their version of Christianity into 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%. David Campbell, a professor and chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and co-author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, said the reason for the decline between these groups was political. “. “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’m allergic, but not all. ”According to Campbell’s research, more and more Americans are looking away from religion as politicians, especially Republicans, mix religion and 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 Michele Margolis, an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and author of From Politics to the Pews, the number of people identified as non-religious has steadily increased in recent decades. I will. 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 “this is more unidentified than the population as the cohort changes. It means it will continue to be a big share. It will happen, “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. To be elected Annie Laurie Gailer, you effectively need to have a religion. States such as Louisiana, Arkansas, and Florida have introduced legislation in which Republicans hack LGTBQ rights, reproductive rights, and challenge the ability of couples to adopt children. , And watch religion be forced into the classroom. The Governor of Arkansas recently signed a bill allowing healthcare professionals to refuse to treat LGBTQ people for religious reasons. Montana will pass a law that 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 law and policy for American atheists, wrote a report on the creeping of Christian extremism in the United States, but the decline in religious compliance in the United States slows it down. Instead, he warned that it could actually accelerate. “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 impact of religion on politics is enormous.” Even if the facts no longer agree, America recognizes itself as a predominantly religious society. Politicians often They feel watched over expressing their religious beliefs and are attacked because they are perceived as lacking, “she said. The danger of a right-wing rebound is real, but Gallup’s data suggests that the United States is moving in a positive direction, said Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “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. “