Religion and politics: Do the ‘nones’ have it?

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush greets an audience member following a campaign town-hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire on June 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush greets an audience member following a campaign town-hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire on June 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-BUSH-POPE, originally transmitted on June 17, 2015.

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A close look at nones suggests two things: So far, they haven't changed U.S. religious politics very much, but in time they are going to change them profoundly.

  • Be Brave

    Religion News Service is acting like a shark that smells blood in the water. The whole “nones” thing has this place foaming at the mouth hysterical about Christians being slighted.

    It’s kind of creepy.

  • “Nones….skew liberal”

    Liberal means free thinking, as in free from from dogma.

    The current trends in society reject authoritarian dogma (the only kind of dogma there is) and it will destroy the religious wing of the republican party within a few years.

    It can’t happen soon enough.

  • Be Brave

    Everything is on schedule Max. And it is appreciated that some atheist like you is willing to clearly describe “liberalism” and godlessness. Obviously the rise of the out and proud godless was the vehicle for abominations, vice, violence, selfishness and greed to literally come to define a new generation of people that claim an enlightenment but act the animals they demand that they are.

    It’s much better to have you guys “out” in the open where you can be seen for what you.

    Back to the past we go. “Liberalism?” Hardly. Just the same old story of mankind played out worldwide in real time this time.

    Of course. The dumbing down secularism that is now the newest growing religion has the world on the brink of such moral failure as to be part and parcel of the “we are just animals” movement. The Alpha’s in the 1% caring nothing for the weaker class of the lower animals in the 99.

    Of course. Evolution on its grueling course.

  • JR

    If we’re headed to the Western European model of society, we are all in trouble. Listless, ambivalent, selfish, haughty, arrogant do-nothings! The continent seems soulless. Remember most Americans emigrated from Europe to create a better world…..let’s not ruin it now.

  • Michael Glass

    This seems to be a case of hyperventilation on both sides. Yes, the proportion of Nones has risen but the proportion of people identifying as Christian is still 70%. That’s still a healthy majority.

    So what is the implication of the rise of the Nones? It probably means that there will be less tolerance for demonising those who don’t believe. It may lead to more and more politicians having the courage to declare that they are not members of a church. Some more politicians may decide to affirm rather than swear an oath on a Bible that in two places condemns the swearing of oaths.

    These moderate changes are unlikely to be a threat to anyone. After all, as this is already the reality in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and much of Europe, it’s hardly an existential threat to the United States.

  • Jack

    “Listless, ambivalent, selfish, haughty, arrogant do-nothing!” -that description fits JR perfectly.

  • David Cobb

    I’m not hearing anything hysterical here from RNS, just a recognition of the impact the changing demographics are having on the parties.

  • Larry

    “If we’re headed to the Western European model of society”

    Larger middle class
    In better health
    Better educated per capita

    Cool!

    Europeans have problems with lack of experience sanely dealing with religious freedom and immigration. But then again so does JR and company.

  • JR

    Oh, Jackie, grow up.

  • ben in oakland

    that’s because you don’t know BB. For him/her, “Mary had a little Lamb” is an paean to bestiality.