Nonreligious voters present a puzzle for political parties (ANALYSIS)

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A girl (top R) sits above a campaign town hall meeting with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire on October 5, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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(RNS) It's a significant change in American politics, where nonbelief has long been a liability.

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  • Fran

    As a Christian and theocrat, I will not vote for any of these parties, but “vote” for and support God’s kingdom or heavenly government instead (Daniel 2:44).

  • Tammye

    It is no surprise that the number of non-believers is growing cause so many
    of so called “preachers” today don’t preach the Truth/there is no fear of the
    Lord anymore cause bad mouthing religion backfired and many are spiritual
    instead of Biblical. People in church are even falling away from the Truth or
    they only talk about abortion/homosexuals so their sins don’t seem as/so bad
    when 1 Corinthians 5/Luke 13 plus 1 Corinthians 6:9-12 and Matthew 7:13-23
    also Romans 1:18-32 plus in Galations 5:12-26 show us all sin is wrong/bad!

  • MC

    Non-religious voters try to say the world just happened by random chance
    which is impossible and yet many so called “Christian” people still are not
    living like a Christian cause so many still get drunk,be mean,gossip,gamble,
    have premarital sex,covet/are jealous and don’t bridle their sharp tongues.

  • Fran

    Steve,

    I rather be “spiritually wise” than “worldly wise,” or “political”, or “politically correct,” since God’s government will make ALL matters right on earth.

    I already know what to expect from man’s governments from our history, and I’m over 50 years old.

  • Bernardo

    Why the rise in the “none” population? Some reasons:

    The pedophile horror to include the cover-ups. Muslim horror and terror as dictated by the koran. The flawed history and theology of all religions to include belief in the afterlife, bodily resurrections, angels, devils, hell, purgatory, limbo, reincarnation, castes systems and reverence of cows and monkeys.

  • Jon

    Reading the article, I saw the word “woo” and my mind quickly expected a statement about how many of the non-religious see religious beliefs (just look up “woo” in the urban dictionary).

    Alas, it was the old use of the term. Maybe next time.

    Until then, may you be safe from woo-

    -Jon

  • robert henry

    As one of the nones let me say a few things. There are some points we all agree on. Or at least most of us.
    1 science education. let’s keep science in the science classroom.

    2 evidence is a better way of knowing things than faith.speaking in specific terms and citing specific sources and showing evidence and facts that are verifiable goes a long way to impress us.

    3 keep your religion in church where it belongs. If you invoke God in all of your speeches you probably already lost our vote. this isn’t for all of us but its definitely for everyone I know especially if I have a choice to vote for a religious person or a non religious person.

    4. accept the facts. evolution and climate change are scientific facts. just like the germ theory of disease and the theory of gravity. if you can’t accept scientific fact you are uniquely unqualified to lead this country.

  • Junebug

    Our citizenry is too often duped by the loudest voices and the “powers that be”. We need informed voters of whatever stripe. As a former minister’s wife, now an 80 year old “None”, I care about America. I have to live here so I try to be a well informed voter who fact checks. I do not vote for a “Minister in Chief”. I vote for the person most qualified (or who is associated with persons so qualified) in areas of economics, science, foreign affairs, and how government is designed to function. A person who knows that Capitalism, along with its success, can run amok. A person who will strive for equality of opportunity and justice for all.
    “I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.” [Rev. Billy Graham — Parade, 1981 ]

  • Tammy

    I am a 44 year old “none” and have raised 4 “nones” who are collectively raising 4 “nones” of their own (so far) where does this come from?….education. How do you “woo” us?, With intelligence, social responsibility, science fact, education, healthcare, keep your “church” separate from the state.

  • John Testor

    Thinking that words written by a superstitious bronze aged ignorant wandering tribe of desert goat herders is anything close to the truth stretches credulity to its limits.

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  • Truth doesn’t change even if people do. A good leader recognizes this and doesn’t try to chase after the latest delusion that is circulating among the people. That is called leadership, something that is not seen very often today. But when we see it, we know it. Jesus was such a leader. He never gave into the political or religious leaders of His day. On the contrary, He changed the world. He is the author of the New Covenant which is established by His own blood. He was sent from heaven to die for our sins. Receive Him as Savior and Lord and turn away from sin, and abide Him. God Bless

  • Vardy

    Fran, god isn’t running in an election. God doesn’t exist, so your “vote” is being wasted, as is your life.

  • Vardy

    You aren’t wise in any form, Fran. You are just old. And pretty stu​pid.