A new Age of Enlightenment is now evident in America. A modern Age of Reason is slowly catching on all over the planet. Just like the original Enlightenment movement of 17th Century Europe, the cultural forces of humanity today are once again turning to reason, science and individualism while rejecting traditional oppressive modes of authority.
In sum: The Nuns are departing. The Nones are coming.
Attention GOP: The Nones are coming!
I repeat. Attention all Republicans and the GOP: The Nones are coming! If you want to get one of your own elected as President in 2016 and stem the socialist tide, you had damn well better take note of, heed this message, and act accordingly.
Thanks largely, in my opinion, to the proliferation of the Internet and World Wide Web, the influence of religion upon ordinary individuals is waning. Christianity, for example, is on the decline in America, not just among younger generations or in certain regions of the country, but across race, gender, education and geographic barriers.
Of White Americans 24% now say they have no religion; ditto, 20% of Hispanics and 18% of Blacks. We’re talking about a Hell of a lot of voters here.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the percentage of adults who describe themselves as religious is falling dramatically while the percentage of those who identify themselves as non-religious is soaring. “It’s remarkably widespread... The country is becoming less religious as a whole, and it’s happening across the board,” explains Alan Cooperman, director of religion research.
Today there are more religiously unaffiliated Americans (Nones) than Catholic or mainline Protestant Americans. “What we’re seeing now is that the share of people who say religion is important to them is declining,” says Greg Smith, associate director or research.
“The religiously unaffiliated are not just growing, but as they grow, they are becoming more secular... There’s a continuing religious disaffiliation among older cohorts. That is really striking,” Smith added. “I continue to be struck by the pace at which the unaffiliated are growing.”
As far as I’m concerned it can’t happen fast enough.
Here come the Nones.