Monday, March 9, 2009

oh thank god! religions losing influence in the U.S.

The mind-fuck that is religion is losing influence in America, so says a nearly year-long study of 55,000 Americans. Some interesting findings:

"Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey."

That is great, but that growth has slowed since that 6 point jump from 1990-2001. Pretty odd, considering that since that time we have had the Catholic Church pedophilia scandal and the 9/11 attacks, and if those haven't made you question the corruption and extremism borne out of religion nothing will. It's a sham, all of it! It also just gives people a handy excuse for their bigotry (hello, Prop. 8!).

"Catholics grew to about one-third of the adult population in California and Texas, and one-quarter of Floridians, largely due to Latino immigration, according to the research."

no surprise here. us latinos are a stubborn and superstitious bunch.

"And, since 1990, a slightly greater share of respondents — 1.2 percent — said they were part of new religious movements, including Scientology, Wicca and Santeria."

I had no idea Scientologists were so small a denomination. Are they all in Hollywood?

"The study found that the percentage of Americans who identified themselves as Muslim grew to 0.6 percent of the population, while growth in Eastern religions such as Buddhism slightly slowed."

wtf? the super-violent religion that is Islam grew substantially while the super-peaceful religion that is Buddhism did not? if you need any more evidence we live in a fucked up, upside-down world....

"the study found that the numbers of Americans with no religion rose in every state."

God Bless America!

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