I wish we could get our politics to reflect this.
@HutteriteYou honestly think that American politics need LESS
religion? Oh wow.The vast majority of politicians (on both sides of
the aisle) are corrupt, greedy, dishonest jokers whose only aspiration is to
stay in power. These are not religious principles.But you think
that politics needs even less morality than it already has? Facepalm...
@Brave Sir Robin;"The vast majority of politicians (on both
sides of the aisle) are corrupt, greedy, dishonest jokers whose only aspiration
is to stay in power."You think religion will change that? Not
likely - most of those corrupt, greedy, dishonest people you mention are
RELIGIOUS (Senator Hatch comes to mind as an example).If the choice
comes down to Atheism or Organized Religion, I think I'll take the Atheism.
Organized religion is more corrupt than politics.
@Brave Sir RobinThat's quite an insulting assertion you made,
suggesting that non-religious = immoral. You know the three states with the
highest percentage of atheists (New Hampshire Vermont and Maine) are also the
three states with the least crime right? (Note: I'm not suggesting that
atheists are more moral than religious people, really if you look at all 50
states there's no correlation with religion, I'm just trying to
disprove the idea that religious = moral).
@brave sir robin The vast majority of those politicians you are against
proclaim a deep faith in religion so yes I think we need less Christian values
The lessening of religiosity in America makes so much sense. It's not
religion that's the problem. It's bad behavior committed in
religion's name. When you have people who pervert religion for maniacal
purposes like Glenn Beck or Michelle Bachmann or Rick Perry, of course people
are going to look at it and scoff. What we need is sensible, logical
religiosity, rather than the right wing insanity that exists today.
Part of the decline in religiosity is probably due an increase in skepticism.
However, considering that historically (the last 4000 years) religion has been
compelled, atheism has not been culturally acceptable. The tolerance of modern
society for different points of view (ironically initiated by Christians who
wanted to worship as they choose) its more socially acceptable to admit ones
doubts and live according to their own desires rather than social pressures.
Thus many people reporting were probably already skeptics even though they
professed faith.@ TolstoyConsidering christian values
promote honesty and treating everyone like we ourselves, the lack of them is not
ideal. A christian isn't defined by mere profession of belief, it is by
behavior. The hypocrisy of claiming to be christian and then defying its
tenants by ones behavior is what needs to be purged from society.
@KD Lewis I agree, I think the fact that religion has been used for
political expediency is a large part of why the numbers have dropped so sharply.
The numbers suggest that people have not so much given up on the idea of a high
power but rather on the many religions that seem to have lost there way.
This trend will continue as facts continue to be spread on the internet. The
Bible thumpers who continue to insist that man has existed for only 6,000 years
will disappear into the rear view mirror.
At the risk of whipping a dead horse, I will repeat:Religion poisons