Young people are rapidly adding “Jesus” to the list including the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny of fantasy beliefs to out grow. From the Washington Post (with a hat tip to Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars):
A growing tide of young Americans is drifting away from the religions of their childhood — and most of them are ending up in no religion at all.
One in four young adults choose “unaffiliated” when asked about their religion, according to a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs.
But most within this unaffiliated group — 55 percent — identified with a religious group when they were younger.
“These younger unaffiliated adults are very nonreligious,” said Daniel Cox, PRRI’s research director. “They demonstrate much lower levels of religiosity than we see in the general population,” including participation in religious rituals or worship services.
Some of them will return to their faiths as they age, “but there’s not a lot of evidence that most will come back,” added Cox, who said the trend away from organized religion dates back to the early 1990s.
Most of the “unaffiliated” probably would not consider themselves “atheists,” but just leaving traditional religion is a good thing. This is a trend that I feel will continue at least as long as traditional religions keep pushing anti-gay and anti-woman views. Catholics lost the most in this survey, which may have something to do with the whole kid-fucking thing. It also looks like hard-line stances against abortion are bleeding some young people away, as “A sweeping majority of the religiously unaffiliated (82 percent) said abortion should be legal in all or most cases. ”
For me, the most amusing part of the survey was a highlighting of the divide between what Catholics believe and what the Church teaches.
Catholics were more divided, with 48 percent saying abortion should mostly be legal and 51 percent disagreeing.
Does anyone need further proof that most Catholics just don’t give a fuck what the Pope says?