SURVEY: White Christians Now A Minority In USA

Just in from the Public Religion Research Institute:

The American religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation. White Christians, once the dominant religious group in the U.S., now account for fewer than half of all adults living in the country. Today, fewer than half of all states are majority white Christian.

As recently as 2007, 39 states had majority white Christian populations. These are two of the major findings from this report, which is based on findings from PRRI’s 2016 American Values Atlas, the single largest survey of American religious and denominational identity ever conducted.

This landmark report is based on a sample of more than 101,000 Americans from all 50 states and includes detailed information about their religious affiliation, denominational ties, political affiliation, and other important demographic attributes.

Among the major findings:

White Christians now account for fewer than half of the public. Today, only 43% of Americans identify as white and Christian, and only 30% as white and Protestant. In 1976, roughly eight in ten (81%) Americans identified as white and identified with a Christian denomination, and a majority (55%) were white Protestants.

White evangelical Protestants are in decline—along with white mainline Protestants and white Catholics. White evangelical Protestants were once thought to be bucking a longer trend, but over the past decade their numbers have dropped substantially. Fewer than one in five (17%) Americans are white evangelical Protestant, but they accounted for nearly one-quarter (23%) in 2006. Over the same period, white Catholics dropped five percentage points from 16% to 11%, as have white mainline Protestants, from 18% to 13%.

Non-Christian religious groups are growing, but they still represent less than one in ten Americans combined. Jewish Americans constitute 2% of the public while Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus each constitute only 1% of the public. All other non-Christian religions constitute an additional 1%.

Atheists and agnostics account for a minority of all religiously unaffiliated. Most are secular. Atheists and agnostics account for only about one-quarter (27%) of all religiously unaffiliated Americans. Nearly six in ten (58%) religiously unaffiliated Americans identify as secular, someone who is not religious; 16% of religiously unaffiliated Americans nonetheless report that they identify as a “religious person.”

There are 20 states in which no religious group comprises a greater share of residents than the religiously unaffiliated. These states tend to be more concentrated in the Western U.S., although they include a couple of New England states, as well. More than four in ten (41%) residents of Vermont and approximately one-third of Americans in Oregon (36%), Washington (35%), Hawaii (34%), Colorado (33%), and New Hampshire (33%) are religiously unaffiliated.

No state is less religiously diverse than Mississippi. The state is heavily Protestant and dominated by a single denomination: Baptist. Six in ten (60%) Protestants in Mississippi are Baptist. No state has a greater degree of religious diversity than New York.

Nearly half of LGBT Americans are religiously unaffiliated. Nearly half (46%) of Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are religiously unaffiliated. This is roughly twice the number of Americans overall (24%) who are religiously unaffiliated.

White Christians have become a minority in the Democratic Party. Fewer than one in three (29%) Democrats today are white Christian, compared to half (50%) one decade earlier. Only 14% of young Democrats (age 18 to 29) identify as white Christian. Forty percent identify as religiously unaffiliated.

White evangelical Protestants remain the dominant religious force in the GOP. More than one-third (35%) of all Republicans identify as white evangelical Protestant, a proportion that has remained roughly stable over the past decade. Roughly three-quarters (73%) of Republicans belong to a white Christian religious group.

  • Christopher Street
  • Gregory B

    Watch white, evangelical Protestant heads start to explode.

    • RoFaWh

      They’ll scream “fake news” and deny the truth of this report.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Fake News! War on Christians!

    • Paula

      Have a Merry Secular x-mas!

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Happy Winter Solstice!

        • Paula

          I can hardly wait for the Feast of Throknar to start.

          • PickyPecker

            Saturnalia!!

          • Robincho

            But Uranusalia is pretty cool also…

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            Why, do you have a birthday coming soon?

          • Paula

            Yes! I was born on the second day of the Feast of Throknar during the year of the Vorjik Bird.

        • Rebecca Gardner

          Bah Hum Bug!

        • Princess Lardass

          Io Saturnalia!

      • GayOldLady

        Happy Making a lot of Debt Days.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Thanks, Obama.

    • Gustav2

      They are already screaming how America is really 60 to 70% Christian on other sites. Just because a family never goes to church, it doesn’t mean they are not Christian. “I don’t understand why non-believers don’t get you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian!”

      They are grasping at straws. Those folks are only cultural Christians.

      • clay

        Even those who go to church are mostly “cultural” Christians. They’re doing it for their kids of for their impending death, but not because of their desire to follow Jesus.

        • Gustav2

          My Lutheran pastor dad had 4 sons, 2 of the 3 Str8 ones only went to church to keep their kids out of a possible crazy Christian cult, an inoculation of sorts. One was ordained and his kids are atheists.

      • Dan M

        I’m probably counted as Christian because I drive by two Baptist churches on the way to work.

  • Michael R

    What percent of this are in any way Christian ?

    • Paula

      0.000000000037%

      • Adam King

        Per sophisticated precision christianness measuring instruments.

  • Dagoril

    Wonderful news! Praise Non-White Jeebus!

  • dan_in_san_diego
  • Todd20036

    That does explain much of the recent reactions. This is why they are trying to hold onto power apartheid-style, with cheating and gerrymandering.

    • RoFaWh

      If engaged in political debate, try the line “If your point of view demands lying to try to justify itself, what the hell kind of fucked up doctrine are you pushing ?”

      Or something along those lines.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    And with full awareness of this change, they are largely behaving like a rabid dog backed into a corner.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      “Don’t you dare treat us like a minority, like we’ve been treating you!”

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        Or call us hateful while we are calling you pedophiles and rapists.

      • Raising_Rlyeh

        Evangelicals are just lucky that most atheists/secularists and lgbt people are not nearly as petty and vindictive as they are.

    • james1200

      Yup. Trump is the vehicle with which they’ll try and run all the undesirables over. And this is why he’s getting 80% support from Evangelicals even though he’s a heathen; because they see him as a last chance to save their “culture”, i.e. whiteness and Christianity.

    • Buford

      Yep… hence the dire need to codify the tenets of their faith into public policy before people can push back with their full might.

    • Hal Witherspoon

      And they are only going to get meaner as they lose more in numbers. They are not going to modify their views as long as they have overwhelming political power.

  • another_steve

    Jewish Americans (cultural-only or religious) may constitute only 2% of the public, but we’re very high quality.

    Our 2% is worth more than your fuckin’ 43%.

    • Todd20036

      Indeed. People keep claiming we run the government, Hollywood, and all the press.

      • another_steve

        I’m lucky when I can keep up with my cat’s litter box.

      • Adam King

        My doggies don’t even obey me.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        Don’t forget the weather!

      • m_lp_ql_m

        What about the banks?

      • another_steve

        We brought the goyim their messiah, so you’d think they’d kiss our asses.

        But no.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      My mothers kugel alone is equal to 43 percent of their damn satanic mayonnaise infused casseroles.

      ProTip: Every time you open a can of fried onions, Jesus kills a kitten.

      • RoFaWh

        Caramelizing onions is a surprisingly tricky bit of cooking.

        Afaict, you have to use very low heat and take plenty of time.

      • another_steve

        Don’t talk to me about gentile cuisine.

        Horrid.

        • Phil2u

          In the South, we have genteel cuisine. Oh Lard, Yes!

          • another_steve

            I’m a transplanted NYC cultural Jew. When I arrived here in Maryland, I had never even heard of scrapple. Then, in a Baltimore diner, I saw it on the menu and ordered it. Out of curiosity.

            Today, you withhold my scrapple from me and I tear your neck out.

          • mad-dog

            Love it. I’m not permitted to cook it in the house…

    • RoFaWh

      I have been known to ask friends “what did the Jews ever do to deserve the opprobium thrown at them?”

      No one really knows. Anti-semitism may be nothing more than a bad habit.

      • another_steve

        It goes back millennia. Many thousands of years.

        Some early depictions of Moses had him with horns.

        • RoFaWh

          The horns were due to misunderstanding older art depicting Moses as having an aureole about his head.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Tradidit arcano quæcunque volumine Moses:
        Non monstrare vias eadem nisi sacra colenti,
        Quæsitum ad fontem solos deducere verpos.

        –Juvenal, Satires, xiv, 102 (quoted by, 1 Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ch. xv, at 489 n.3 (New York: Everyman’s Library, 1993) (“The sullen obstinacy with which [the Jews] maintained their peculiar rites and unsocial manners seemed to mark them out a distinct species of men, who boldly professed, or who faintly disguised, their implacable hatred to the rest of human kind.”)

        Gibbon’s classic discussion of the issue is lengthy. Op. cit., ch. xv, passim.

  • bkmn

    That is what they are really afraid of…not being in power/control

    • Cuberly

      ..and why they want the Johnson Amendment dissolved, though to a degree it already is…they want their power.

      Though I feel the talibanjelical extremists backing trump are more political party than religious org. They’re using the bible as a cudgel for their own venal political pursuits. It’s white nationalism and anti-globalist.

      • bkmn

        I fully expect we are going to see flat out intimidation at polling places next year. They are desperate and will stop at nothing

        • Cuberly

          Oh I’m convinced it’s going to be a freakin nightmare, even worse than this past election.

        • Ninja0980

          The right wing conservative judges Trump is putting on the courts will further ensure anyone who isn’t a right winger can’t get to the polls if they can help it.

      • clay

        The “moral” “majority” was started in a GOP think tank as a way to get fundamentalists to vote, and to vote GOP. They picked abortion and homosexuality as political motives for political reasons.

        • Phil2u

          Was it not Jerry Falwell who used the term first on TV ? I may be mistaken…. and it morphed into “silent majority?”

          • Robert Eckert

            “Silent majority” was Nixon’s phrase, considerably earlier than Falwell’s “moral majority”

          • Phil2u

            Oh yes. How could I forget.
            Thanks.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Wasn’t Falwell buddy-buddy with Nixon?

          • Robert Eckert

            Falwell wasn’t particularly significant for a decade later, and Nixon did not much bother courting religious figures anyway.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Ever heard of Billy Graham?

          • Robert Eckert

            Every President had to invite Billy. Nixon was kind of grudging about it.

          • Guess?
          • Phillip in L.A.

            I think you are right! “Moral Majority” was apparently not founded until 1979, which was well after Nixon had returned to San Clemente with his tail between his legs.

            • Is there so much difference, then, between Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham?

            btw, I have no idea who you are, and would not presume to hazard a guess as t oyo ur identity

          • Steve Teeter

            Even earlier than that, in the 19th century, the term was used to refer to the dead. They do outnumber the living, after all.

      • RJ Bone

        I’m stealing talibangelical. Just saying 😉

    • james1200
      • Todd20036

        I wouldnt’ mind him in my control

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    • RoFaWh

      It’s rather like the situation when Super Nanny comes into a household with kids totally out of control and introduces the naughty step as a help to establishing some kind of discipline.

      The kids realize that their former position of power in the household is going away and go completely nuts. What? No more dictating what’s for dinner? Egads! The horror!

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      And yet many of them enjoy not being in control… while they are suspended from the ceiling with a dildo in their ass.

      http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/dead-reverends-rubber-fetish

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Exactly what I was thinking, actually, which surprises even me!

  • MikeBx2

    The feel good story of the day. “White evangelical Protestants are in decline” is my favorite part.

  • Tawreos

    It couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of people.

  • canoebum

    How do you like that? As a Buddhist, I finally made the 1%!

  • Bernie Keefe

    When people ask me if I go to church, I tell them…”I don’t do churches, churches do me!”

    • Friday

      When people ask if I’m a ‘Recovering Catholic’ (kinda doesn’t apply if you were Pagan all along,) I like to do my cheesiest bad Jack Nicholson and say, “I like to think Catholicism’s still recovering from *me.* ” 🙂

      • madknits

        I gave up Catholicism for Lent when I was 15.

    • RoFaWh

      Try “I’m not superstitious.”

  • Silver Badger

    Oh my. How sad for them.

  • Harveyrabbit

    I say we buy Utah and allow all the White Christians to move there so they can once again be the majority. Then we abscond with the funding for tRump’s wall and build a useful one around Utah. And of course we’ll pay for anyone who doesn’t want to remain there to move wherever they want.

    • mad-dog

      There’s a lot of cool stuff in Utah, even a couple of decent breweries. I could see my way clear to letting them have Kansas, or Oklahoma.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        REALLY NICE National Parks, too, in Utah! How about giving ’em Nebraska? I’m ok with Oklahoma, also.

    • Reality.Bites

      The Mormons would drive them crazy. Mormons tend to be nice. Evangelicals are the scum of the earth.

  • AtticusP

    It’s called “progress”. And I call it wonderful.

    • Gregory B

      Dare we say “evolution”?

      • AtticusP

        Even better! Anything to piss off these deluded Christianists.

      • RoFaWh

        Let me help you:

        EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION!

  • another_steve

    These polls can be deceptive.

    There are many people who are deeply spiritual but who don’t identify as “religious.”

    • Jonathan Smith

      as long as they DON’T shove it in my face, that’s not a problem….

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR
        • Todd20036

          Ok, that picture has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

          You know, the topic we just spoke of.

          That very important topic…

          I can almost remember that topic.

          I wonder if I could pick the top in that pic….

          • another_steve

            Takes no little to distract you.

            Slut.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            You say that like it’s a bad thing, it’s his most endearing quality.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Hey, I thought “slut” was your special name for *me*! :-[

          • another_steve

            ohmigod the JMG sluts are competing for the title now…

          • Duck

            I believe the topic had something to do with religious experiences. Any of the beauties in the pictures posted on this particular part of the thread would greatly aid in achieving such an experience.

        • another_steve

          Real male wrestling – not the phony stuff – is perhaps the most homoerotic activity the human race has ever devised.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            The Husbeast and I often enjoyed a good wrestling match as prelude to….OK foreplay! We’ve broken a lot of furniture over the years.
            The wrestling is more tame and less destructive in recent years….aging and all that….

          • another_steve

            I’ve never wrestled – frail and delicate piece of shit that I am. But the thought of having my face rammed into a deliciously male-scented arm pit drives me insane.

        • Jonathan Smith
    • m_lp_ql_m

      The word “spiritual” has been usurped by religion for far too long. That word originally had nothing to do with ghosts or an afterlife. It’s so much more meaningful outside of that domain.

      • another_steve

        “Religion” can be said to be a bastardization of the spiritual impulse. An impulse that is part of what it means to be human.

        The soul, the heart, cries out.

        For meaning and for a way to express itself.

      • Friday

        Certain religions’ definition of ‘religion’ of course. Those tend to claim no one else’s counts *as* ‘religion’ notably.

        • another_steve

          Indeed.

          I say: If you believe your religion, your god, is the only true one, you have lost your way.

      • Reality.Bites

        On the other hand, why should we care if people are spiritual or not?

        Frankly, the only reason to care about religious beliefs as a society is how much trouble they cause. Deeply spiritual people who don’t identify with an organized religion? They’ve never banded together and caused any problems that I’m aware of.

    • Friday

      That’ll be another big chunk of the ‘unaffiliated.’

    • CottonBlimp

      I’ve met lots of spiritual people. “Depth” isn’t what comes to mind.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Oh lard no! If this does not give them another reason to play victims for eternity. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a58637eff3ecaf473f203c4152e8b42901e074d92e4ddaae96692d5029a68ccc.gif

    • Cuberly

      Oh Midge, let him hit the floor, the creepy manipulative freak that he is.

      Heh heh….

    • Friday

      They been doing that anyway.

      • bambinoitaliano

        But now they will cite JMG as fact!

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    “I’m dreaming of some white Christians, just like the ones I used to know…” Donald Trump

  • boobert

    Good riddance !

  • Charlie 2001

    I was talking to a friend once and he was yammering on about his past lives (which kind of irritated me). So I said ‘I thought you were a Christian, Christians don’t believe in reincarnation” to which he responded “Some do”. I thought that was a brilliant answer. Most Christians don’t have any idea what they believe, which is supposed to be to be what the Nicene Creed says. It is like what wassaid the the TV show Roseanne when the youngest child asked what their religion was. The dad said “We are good people”.

    • Friday

      Really doesn’t have anything to do with what you believe, that way. Christianity just means no one deals with the idea cause they claim that’s not how the universe is supposed to work in the first place.

    • RoFaWh

      The JW’s have it right: when you die, you are dead and buried. You do not go to heaven or hell until after the Second Coming, during which you will be resurrected.

      [It’s been a long time since I went to Sunday school but I think I’ve got that right.]

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      It really is odd how many other woo they get into like psychics, dowsing, etc.

    • Reality.Bites

      I would wager that more people who claim to be Christian believe in astrology than people who aren’t religious.

      Hell, you see it in completely secular things, like the Paleo diet. People believing there was ancient wisdom applicable today among illiterate people who died at 35 and would have fled in terror at someone striking a match.

      People who just aren’t smart enough to realize the very real limits of both our personal and collective intelligence and knowledge tend to believe there are answers to every question.

      I firmly believe that our species will die without ever learning if we’re alone in the universe or not. And I’m certain that I will.

  • White Christians are the minority, again. They forgot a myriad of non Christians and brown people have always lived here.

  • TK
  • KnownDonorDad

    evangelical Protestants were once thought to be bucking a longer trend, but over the past decade their numbers have dropped substantially

    Hallelujah. Now let’s see them lose political power.

    • Jonathan Smith
      • KnownDonorDad

        Meep meep!

    • StillALiberal

      I think one of the big reasons why evangelical Protestants had been doing better than mainline Protestants is that they have simply been “converting” mainliners to evangelicalism, simply relabeling Christians from Brand A to Brand B. However in the last decade or so, this trend is declining due to the remaining mainliners been less likely to be attracted to evangelicalism. Both brands of Protestants have been slowly losing people raised in their churches and have been very unsuccessful at converting non-Christians. Expect the decline to continue.

  • Adam Stevens

    This is the best news I’ve heard all century.

  • MikeBx2

    You mean their hypocritical, judgmental, bigoted, racist agenda isn’t attracting more people?

  • JoeMyGod

    Most of this trend appears to be due to millennials who simply call themselves unaffiliated or “un-churched.” They’re not atheists or agnostics but they’re also not willing to call themselves Christians.

    • KnownDonorDad

      That’ll do. It wasn’t the “un-churched” behind Prop 8 and bathroom bills.

    • JoeMyGod

      White Christians will of course read these stats and scream about those damn brown immergernts, almost all of whom are Christians.

      • GayOldLady

        And it’s been my experience that immigrant brown people usually identify as christians, although a very different kind of christian than the evangelicals.

        • David Walker

          Curious, though. When the mass deportations begin, will the brown conservative preachers be among those in the boxcars?

          • Cipher

            Probably, as I assume they will be on the front lines of helping the communities that the deporters are trying to decimate. We can’t have any of that Latin American “liberation theology” bs here.

        • Mike C

          Sometimes. The Ali Forney Center isn’t in middle of Harlem by coincidence.

        • BlindBill

          they did not work to get all of the power to hand it over to brown christianists in a generations or three

      • Daveed_WOW

        They shoulda been nicer too ’em

      • Xuuths

        Yes, but they aren’t White, which is the real problem.

      • sequel

        “almost all of whom are christians”? That’s overstating it a bit. A majority, sure, but let’s not stereotype them.

    • Cuberly

      It’s them gall-dern distractipating iPhonz ands Androidz, thems is evil things they is…

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/41d13b0c6b4aa2a081db5931c29df9c4b8529842fd741ac02213cfac4ae12389.jpg

      • m_lp_ql_m

        You sound like most JMG posters.

        • Joe in PA

          What?

          • Cuberly

            Yeah, it was a cryptic post, think what he’s saying is JMGers would say the same thing re; millennials staring at their phones all the time.

          • Gustav2

            Well, if they would pay attention to where they are walking I would not have to tell them to get off of my lawn!

          • Cuberly

            Ha!

          • William

            … or the fountain.

          • Reality.Bites

            You think that’s bad? One keeps crawling in my bed.

          • Gustav2

            When they still text during sex, that is really too much.

          • Robert Eckert

            Remains cryptic. Who are “JMGers”?

          • Joe in PA

            Thanks, you are much kinder than me. 🙂 But we knew that. 🙂

    • Kenster999

      I suspect that the fixation against homosexuality by many churches has played against them, causing members to lose faith in any institution that would boast such an obviously wrong and immoral position.

      These churches are doing it to themselves.

    • juanjo54

      The reality is that a sizable number of those unaffiliated millennials will eventually associate with a church once they settle down and start raising a family.

  • David Walker

    Thank you, Jeezis!

  • Friday

    I wonder when the preachers and bishops are gonna stop digging, with all the hate and greed and ignorance and insanity they been pushing so hard these past few decades. 🙂

    • David Walker

      I wouldn’t worry about them. Remember that Jerry Falwell the first and Pat Robertson started their grifting careers as xn racists. Then they got called on it, because it just wasn’t good form, and started the attack on us instead. Shit gets deep sometimes, but if there’s an angle, they’ll play it.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Interesting, but what labels people identify themselves by can be misleading. I’ve met more than one regular devotee at those megachurches who claimed to not be “religious” but turned out to be not that far off from the regular devotees in a revival tent.

    • Hue-Man

      I would guess there are more who are “culturally” religious – “my parents were catholic so I’m catholic”, etc. The report doesn’t say anything about attendance at religious services (which doesn’t necessarily equal religious fervor) – if you can’t be bothered to visit your synagogue more than once a year, how religious are you?

  • 2patricius2

    Sounds like good news to me. But judging from the Evangelicals who support Drumpf, they don’t seem like Jesus Christians to me. No “do unto others as you would have them do to you” people among them.

    • Steverino

      They are “do unto others as you would NOT want them to do unto you” people. An inversion (perversion) of the Golden Rule.

    • RoFaWh

      They are only nominal Christians; in name only, iow.

      Their motto is “do unto others before they do unto you.”

  • Riley James

    Well, If they haven’t been completely fucking losing their minds yet….

  • Cipher

    Just wait folks. Now that white Christians have official minority status we can only imagine the hell that awaits. They’re being PERSECUTED!!!

    • GayOldLady

      Well they’ve been saying they’re persecuted for the past 40 years.

      • Cipher

        Right? Now they have the evidence of the devil’s hand at work. Their faith is being exterminated! Their values are under attack!

        The children! Will someone please care about the children!!!! Guns, must stockpile more guns!

        • GayOldLady

          Such an impotent god they worship.

      • Craig Howell

        Actually, Xians have been playing that “we’re-so-persecuted” card for roughly 2000 years. It’s their Martyr Complex.

    • JWC

      they already claim that

    • RoFaWh

      White “xtians” are being persecuted?

      Good. It’s about time.

  • edrex

    well then they better start showing some respect.

  • fuow

    Sadly, guess which groupis the overwhelming majority when it comes to voting?

  • boobert
    • GayOldLady

      Now that’s a lard I can worship.

      • boobert

        You and me both ! My Granny always had a 5 gallon bucket near the stove .

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Believe it or not, lard is healthier than vegetable oil.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          At least it is healthier than the hydrogenated veg oil.

    • RoFaWh

      My mother always used Mazola for frying chicken.

      • marshlc

        And it all came back, except one tablespoonful.

      • GayOldLady

        Crisco is the ticket for frying chicken.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Lard with a little bacon grease added to it for fried chicken.
          Plain lard for cooking doughnuts.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            Be still my heart….well, it would be soon.

    • bambinoitaliano
    • Raising_Rlyeh

      I find thighs way too fatty, which I know is weird considering you’re frying it in lard. I’d rather have a breast or wing.

  • JWC

    Gee they seem to make a lot of noise for a declining breed Let me guess the 10 noisiest : Alabama Arkansas Idaho Kansas Louisanna Nebraska South Carolina Tennessee Texas and West Virgina . The areas with the largest populations of unemployed whinning white men

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Don’t forget Mississippi!

      • JWC

        oh Yass

  • marshlc

    Still the largest group – 43% white Christian, about 1% Muslim. Yet Muslims are a huge threat, apparently.

    • marshlc

      A plurality, that’s the word I was looking for. They still have a plurality.

  • Tatonka

    It’s all over fundies. Might as well drop trou and give into those lustful urges you’re always talking about.

  • Buford

    It’s a shame more people can’t vocalize the distinction between being spiritual and being religious, since I think this is a segment of the population which is under-represented in these types of surveys. Instead, folks who have a real problem with religion are labeled as either secular, or agnostic, or even atheist.

    Personally, I detest religion and everything it stands for… but I also feel like I have a quiet, personal relationship with whatever unnamed benevolent force is out there managing karma and the like.

    • Gianni

      I agree. I, too, have the same quiet feelings and respect.

  • Guest

    Good.

  • HZ81

    Amen and hallelujah.

  • boatboy_srq

    Well, at least the “minority” part of their “oppressed minority” whinge is now accurate.

  • PickyPecker
  • Adam Stevens

    Now if we can just get Christmas cancelled our work will be complete!

    • Tomcat

      It was cancelled years ago for most poor people.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    “Nearly half of LGBT Americans are religiously unaffiliated. Nearly half (46%) of Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are religiously unaffiliated. ”

    How…. shocking that people who grew up being told that god hates them are not religious.

    • Todd20036

      Pretty much my evolution.
      I’m willing to accept the idea of a supreme being, but not religion.

      • GayOldLady

        Supreme something or other, not even necessarily a being as we perceive beings. It’s way beyond our powers of understanding.

      • JWC

        I am more to following the writing of Erich von Daniken than the Holly Bibble

      • Steven Jaeger

        I gave up religion for Lent one year. One promise I’ve always kept

    • GayOldLady

      We (LGBT) who were raised christian were forced to think about the teachings of Christianity and when one is FORCED to do that the logical conclusion is that it’s a farce. It doesn’t practice what it preaches. It’s supporting documentation is a clusterfuck called the New Testament. There’s no historical way to attribute authorship to any credible historical figure. There is no historical evidence to support the existence of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament reads like a poorly written Harlequin Novel and like the New Testament contradicts itself. When you’re forced to think about Christianity from the perspective of true or false, most people will come to the conclusion that it’s false.

      • JWC

        I believe at 14 after attrending Church Sunday school I not only saw the hipocracy but also my parents were good with it. They felt it was my decisobn and they supported it

      • canoebum

        When I was a child I was made to go to Sunday school for some time. Neither of my parents were particularly religious, but I had to go to placate my father’s parents. What they taught seemed to me at the time like a lot of hokey nonsense, much as it does today. I escaped childhood without being scarred by too many religious types. When I reached the age of reason, after some study, I chose my own path.

        • RoFaWh

          I was fortunate in that I had read a lot of classical mythology so the Sunday school sessions seemed to be about just another bunch of myths.

          At 14, when September arrived, I discovered I had the same Sunday school teacher as in the previous year. I didn’t like him at all, so when I got home I simply said “i’m not going again.” and that was that.

          My parents were at best conventionally religious and put up no argument.

          • canoebum

            I wore out the Junior Classics collection that had been my mother’s as a child. Much better than tv or even comic books. Except Mad Magazine.

          • perversatile

            Even as a child not knowing what S&M was, though this looked like the precursor of some kinky shit about to go down-
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c8a5626adb9253f80a80493116042474e2ec29e1c17f8182f6c28b40de50e925.jpg

          • Danieruw

            Same here! My parents are atheists and raised me as such. I read a lot of Greek, Norse and Egyptian mythology as a kid. So when my grandparents gave me a children’s book of bible stories, I saw them as another mythology, and a particularly boring and violent one (the pictures of the killing of the first-born were graphic for a child’s book and still haunt me). No winged horses, no ibis-headed gods, no gods of wine or golden apples or thundering hammers. Pass!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            One of my Sunday School music teachers attacked me in front of the class while it was in session. A friend and I were blithely singing the harmony and rhythm tracks to a song this teacher was supposed to be learning us (without knowing what we were doing, of course–we were 10 years old!). All of a sudden, the accompaniment stopped.

            Music teacher, who was physically a small man, suddenly charged me, his naturally-ugly face angrily blotched with scarlet and crimson marks. His acoustic guitar flapped in front of him like some weird inverted erection, hanging from his neck on a thin, cheesy strap. When he reached my desk, he stretched out his arms, wrapped his hands around my neck and throat, and started choking me. I sat there innocently in my desk-seat, either too stunned or too literally restrained to move.

            Fortunately, the ‘main’ teacher present was not an imbecile, and she, too, ran over to us, screeching at music teacher to unhand me. She was a formidable woman in every way, probably 5’7″ or 5’8″ and more than a little zaftig–probably 185+, with huge, pendulous breasts. (She usually wore rather low-cut dresses that exposed her decolletage.) She easily pushed my attacker away from me, and physically interposed her bulk between him and me, and
            started petting and hugging me, pressing my face and head into her gigantic melons, apparently to try and comfort me.
            (Remember, I was a seated child, and the adults were standing/stooping).

            At this very moment, the Principal of the school burst
            into our classroom! (His office was very near the classroom, and maybe he heard the ruckus, or maybe someone from our classroom had slipped out to alert him). Principal took one look at the situation, and, seeing that the attack was apparently over, and that I was not seriously physically harmed, he fired Music teacher on the spot, in front of the class, and ordered Music Teacher to immediately vacate the premises! We kids all felt a great sense of satisfaction watching the scum-bag slink out, and he was never heard from again.

            I still had to go back to Sunday School the next week, though.

          • perversatile

            A toast of gratitude to Valkyries everywhere
            no matter the guise under which they travel.

          • Derrick Johns

            Very well, understandable memory, Phillip. I don’t forgive, I don’t forgive Gay men who behave that toward LGBT children.. The pain lasts too long for the LGBT person…or at least for me.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Thanks for commenting on my story about the music teacher attacking me in Sunday School, Derrick Johns! Of course, I don’t know for sure whether the Music Teacher was a gay man, a straight man, or somewhere in-between….

          • Derrick Johns

            It would have taken me a while to get over moments like that. I’m glad that you did, Phillip. It’s not easy, Phillip in LA.

        • Derrick Johns

          wonderful comment, canoebum.

          • canoebum

            Thank you.

      • Derrick Johns

        Very interesting insight and commentary, GayOldLLady Yes, indeed.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        You know darn good and well that the bible is true because the bible says it is !!!

        *Lol, that is actually one of my favorite arguments.

        • GayOldLady

          And god told the authors what to write, don’t forget.

      • RJ Bone

        This is a great explanation. Thank you 😀

    • Ninja0980

      I left the church when I was 16 and never looked back.
      Why should I be a part of something that makes it clear they will always hate me?

    • CottonBlimp

      It’s depressing it’s only nearly half, but I guess even being gay can’t fix stupid.

    • sequel

      it’s always surprising to me that it’s not a higher proportion.

      i had a fight with a christian when he told me gays are “disgusting in front of the lord”. i later referenced the fight to a gay guy who witnessed it, and he only described it as “awkward”, and changed the subject. turns out the gay guy is also christian. boggles the mind that he wouldn’t side with me on this.

    • No More GOP.

      I went to Sunday school once. I was not asked back. Even at that age I didn’t appreciate patently bullshit answers and had no qualms about speaking my mind. 🙂

    • RJ Bone

      It took watching my cult (well, a family from it) ostracize the most “christian” (in a good way, if you know what I mean) person I’ve ever known and throw them, with a bad flu, out into the rain with no place to go to finally get me out of there.

      15 years of deprogramming later, I get my sexuality finally and I don’t freak out when I play D&D (shocking) on Saturday (MORE shocking)!

      Now I’m decidedly atheist. Not militant, but I’ll call a hypocrite’s ass out with little hesitation. And there are a LOT of fucking hypocrites in most religion.

      • Raising_Rlyeh

        Jehovah’s Witnesses? I know they are especially good at ostracizing and cutting off family in the name of their religion.

        • RJ Bone

          Close. Worldwide Church of God, which broke up into several other shards, one of the largest being United Church of God.

          For lolz, here is a link for the Apostle/Prophet/Elijah/ daughter molester/grifter that started Worldwide.

          https://hwarmstrong.com/index.htm

          It also covers other “Apostles/whatever” that sprung up after him. David Pack is even worse than Herbert was. The United guys weren’t horrible per se, just, well, yeah.

          ***Edited because I misidentified the link I left.

        • RJ Bone

          Also, if you read deeper into their teachings they got pretty bad at times. Like suggesting that if people “just stayed on their continents” there wouldn’t be as much violence, etc. Talk about dog whistle.

  • GayOldLady
  • Rex

    I’m dreaming of a white christian, just like the ones I used to know…”
    (Sorry, when I read the headline I saw White Christmas.)

    • Phillip in L.A.

      I’m dreaming of a White Christian,
      Just like the ones who used to ‘ho’

  • joe ho

    Good News from across the Pond:

    53% of British now say they have no religion.
    71% of 16-24 yr. olds say they have no religion.

    “The number of Britons who say they have no religion has hit a record high, new data has revealed.

    More than half of the British public (53 per cent) say they are not at all religious – a figure that has increased by five percentage points since 2015 and by 19 percentage points since 1983, when just three in 10 people deemed themselves non-religious.

    The news has prompted fresh calls for the Government to cut the amount of public money going to the church and reduce its influence in society.

    The decline in religious affiliation is hitting the Church of England particularly hard, with the number of people considering themselves Anglican having halved since 2000 – at just 15 per cent. Young people were particularly underrepresented, with just 3 per cent of those aged 18-24 describing themselves as Anglican, compared with 40 per cent of those aged 75 and over.

    Just over four in 10 people said they followed some form of Christianity, while around one in 20 people in the UK said they belong to non-Christian religions, with 3 per cent describing themselves as Muslim, 2 per cent Hindu and 1 per cent Buddhist.

    The figures, collated from a survey of 2,942 adults in Britain by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), mark the first time the proportion of non-religious Britons has risen since 2009, when the number of people saying they had no religion hit 51 per cent. Prior to that, a gradual increase between 1983 and 2009 saw the figure rose from 32 per cent to 51 per cent.

    More than seven in 10 (71 per cent) of young people aged 18-24 saying they had no religion in 2016, up from 62 per cent in 2015, the figures show. Four in 10 people aged 65-74 meanwhile said they had no religion – with this figure dropping to 27 per cent for those aged over 75.

    While there has been a decline in people classing themselves as Anglican Christians, the proportion of people describing themselves as Catholic remained relatively stable over the past 30 years – at around one in 10.”

    • matrem

      I guess that’s one place to flee to once America falls.

      • GayOldLady

        They’re going to build a wall to keep us out.

        • Jefe5084

          They won’t need a wall to keep me out. I’m ready to go away now.

      • JWC

        flee of fleece

    • JWC

      in Canada several churches have combined service because of low attendance individually

      • joe ho

        all over western europe hundreds of churches have been shut down and put to secular uses.

        • JWC

          sell the properties and help the poor

          • Phillip in L.A.

            great idea, JWC! or take the properties, and build real low-income housing!

          • JWC

            The ide is Sarah Silverbergs from a comedy routine “Sell the Vatican’ but its not a dumb idea HMMM the Catholic church has had to sell a few to settle law suits

        • Reality.Bites

          A lot of condo conversions in Canada.

          • RoFaWh

            Here in Victoria, BC, one Anglican church merged with another and their old edifice was turned taken over by the music conservatory.

            All those Sunday school classrooms built in decades past have come in handy as practice rooms (etc).

        • Phillip in L.A.

          There is a Christian Science Church near me in West Los Angeles that just recently demolished its old “sanctuary,” which took up Three-Quarters [3/4] of the entire lot. It’s on a PRIME corner, and is now lying fallow (but of course enclosed by a cyclone fence and posted conspicuously with, “PRIVATE PROPERTY” & “NO TRESPASSING” signs.)

          I have an idea maybe the California Attorney General ought to take an interest in this property, and ASAP. It could be taken by eminent domain and turned into a PUBLIC PARK, for a relatively small sum (although the Church would still have to be paid the “fair market value” of the land so taken.) The Church is not paying (nor has it ever paid) property tax on it, and now the Church is committing WASTE (in the technical equitable meaning of that term, i.e., not putting the land to its best and highest use).

      • Hue-Man

        Leamington, Ont., Anglican church opens doors to Muslim worshippers

        A Christian clergyman kneeling inside a mosque would normally be an unusual occurrence, but in Leamington — the small farming community in southwestern Ontario — it’s become a common sight.

        Asghar and many others regularly pray at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, where the Muslim community has set up a mosque, thanks to a deal worked out between the two religious communities.

        http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/leamington-ont-anglican-church-opens-doors-to-muslim-worshippers-1.4221661

        • JWC

          If world religion is from a supposed Common Dietry no mater what you name them (him or her) What manner you choose to pay homage to What your practice and docterin may dictate I am quite sure with a little adjustment and acceptance and patience This could be achieved in several places World religions have always been the birthplace of war why not let them try peace

  • MikeBx2

    And instead of blaming their own hypocritical behavior for their dwindling numbers, they will blame the devil and the gays and, as Joe said, the brown foreign people.

  • Henry Auvil

    What a relief to read some actual good news every now and then.

  • boobert

    Religion is nothing but a money making scam to avoid paying taxes !

    • bambinoitaliano

      and responsibilities. It’s the cult of blame.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • JWC

      ya missed on Catholic he made it to Pope Was a brownshirt in the Hitler youth Ratzen whatever

      • bambinoitaliano

        Oh this site does not have the space to list all of the shit being done against humanity in the name of God.

        • Menergy

          There was a wonderful JMG coverage some years ago in this blog, named “This Week in Clergy” or something similar – exposing the reported hypocritical actions and resulting irony and unbelievable two-facedness of clergy across the country and globe in some cases. Bring it back!!! Please!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Wasn’t it “This Week in Religious Crime” or something similarly provocative (but true, of course!)

          • Menergy

            Yes, I think you’re closer to the correct title….I do miss it!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Yes, I think Joe should consider reviving that feature! (“Holy Crimes” iirc, now). Also, OPEN THREAD THURSDAY! Please??

      • GayOldLady

        Ratzinger!!!! He even looked evil.

        • JWC

          he was the epitomy of evil

          • Xuuths

            Ratzinger (the pope emeritus) isn’t dead, so he is the epitome of evil.

          • Stogiebear

            That sepulchre dodger!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            If he’s playing anything like our own Dodger Blue, he’s only batting 0.091 (1/11), at least since early-mid-August

    • CottonBlimp

      All of this is pretty recent. You forgot to mention the 2000 years of lies, corruption, exploitation, and brutality, and the genocides on 6 of 7 continents.

  • LovesIrony

    White sheeted christians

    • bambinoitaliano

      I would not shine the UV light on those “white sheet” if I were you.

      • Jefe5084

        Eww. As shocking as shining it around a hotel room.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          U don’t even want to know.

          • Jefe5084

            that is true.

  • JauntyJohn

    good.

  • CB

    Now if we can get the majority to vote….

  • That_Looks_Delicious
  • AtticusP
  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
  • coram nobis

    Here’s a link, with links.

    http://religionnews.com/2017/09/06/embargoed-christian-america-dwindling-including-white-evangelicals-study-shows/

    Fun fact: Religion News Service website also uses Disqus.

  • Robert Adams

    It is good to get good news on occasion.

  • Gregory B

    Imagining the reaction of many but especially the kkk brings a huge smile to my face!!

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    ..but they vote.

  • William

    I caught about 45 seconds of the 700 Club this morning. Even without my glasses, Pat looked like a collapsing ancient man.

    • JWC

      45 seconds of the 700 club is about 44.9 seconda more that I would watch

      • William

        Sometimes, it’s like watching a train wreck. You can’t tear your eyes away.

        • JWC

          i love my remote

          • Gustav2

            LOL, in the rec room with big screen, the hubby and I each have our own remote, and we are only sitting 3 feet away from each other on the L shaped couch.

    • Gustav2

      A live on TV Dorian Gray Painting of the Teavangelical religion.

    • Jefe5084

      Maybe you don’t need glasses. Sounds like your vision is fine. (I’m not an ophthalmologist, though.)

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT – Pretty amazing good news. The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda just issued a statement that there have been no reports of loss of life. Everybody survived, it appears.

    • William

      That is amazing. They must have excellent shelters and planning systems.

  • Phil2u
    • Lars Littlefield

      Father Guido Sarducci has been unusually quite since the Gambino family wen to prison.

      • Jefe5084

        It would have been fun if Tony Scaramucci had lasted longer than 10 choas-filled days and he and Father Sarducci could get into a tiff. Another lost opportunity to liven things up a bit.

  • Zellaby

    No doubt this may have been trotted out before, but hallelujah . . . . . & I speak as an Anglican!

    • Gustav2

      Hell, Anglicans are just a Sunday gathering before they go to Brunch. 🙂

  • Derrick Johns

    Just like a tree that is planted by the water
    We shall not be moved.
    The other nightI watched my copy of “The Goddess” based loosely on the life of Marilyn Monroe Yeah, church foliks can ffvck up your life. But as a child there ain’t too much that you can do about it.

    Oh, and it was one of was one of the greatest screen performances ever given by Kim Stanley.. But a very difficult film to watch, and difficult film to find (I had to go on Ebay).

    Kim Stanley–she was a genius

  • kladinvt

    YAY! Vermont!

  • TK

    It’s mind boggling that such a yuuuuuge crowd of people actually want to listen to, let alone believe, the brainwashing Christian garbage that toothy, overly-permed fake spews out. And meanwhile he rakes in tax-free millions doing it. What a sham. And the blind followers just keep on giving and believing. Can’t fix stupid.

  • JWC

    It’s a tad ironic that they started out to stop the gays and yet who’s numbers are in the decline even with all the unfair laws they adjust and dirty trick they play Have at it Christians

  • clay

    When did “white” become a religious affiliation?

    • JWC

      since white adopted it

    • Jefe5084

      Maybe around the time of the Southern Strategy. But could have been nearly as soon as the Mayflower unloaded.

    • Phil2u

      Adam and Eve…….

      • Gustav2

        ROFLMAO

    • edrex

      my guess is around the time of the reformation.

      • Gustav2

        The survey has 92 percent of Lutherans are white, more than in any other denomination.

  • Cuberly

    Oh this fits so well for this post.

    https://twitter.com/LPDah/status/905513281552601090

    • KnownDonorDad

      WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB!

  • Ninja0980

    Too bad they are over represented on our courts.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      They are over-represented in every branch of government. See, e.g., the comment, above, about the U,S, now being an apartheid nation!

  • Sam D. Maloney

    But they are still far and above the largest single faith/ethnic group. Headlines like this, which do not emphasize that fact, is what has triggered their fears and radicalized them even further.

    • Gustav2

      They see it every Sunday at church, they see their car is the only one moving on Sunday morning, they see it at the grocery store, etc.: former church members everywhere. Even if they live in all white counties in Ohio. People are not going to church, especially young people.

      They already know.

      • Tread

        Their grifting game is dying out.

  • Clive Johnson

    This is great news, truly encouraging.

  • So we slowly, evolutionarily move away from superstition and racism.
    Slowly. VEEEEERRRRRYYY slowly.

  • Ninja0980

    On the survey, not a surprise.
    Some of my younger relatives first encounters with religion was during the battle for marriage equality in NY, where they got to see Christian “love” up close and personal.
    Suffice to say, many of them have wanted nothing to do with a religion that says their gay uncles should be put to death and that women should be seen and not heard.

  • fuzzybits

    A lot of Christians whether they’re white,black or Asian can be a problem.

  • JCF

    I DEMAND my minority rights!!!

    ;-p~~~~

    But seriously (and literally): Thank God! Too many of these so-called “Christians” are make-Jesus-weep Christianists. (Back) to hell w/ Christianism!

  • colo303

    So does that mean we’ve unofficially become an apartheid nation then?

    • sequel

      say what now? just because white christians aren’t the majority doesn’t mean they’re being oppressed.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        I don’t want to speak for colo303, but perhaps the point was that now a minority in the U.S. is “governing” and oppressing the majority, as was true in apartheid-era South Africa?

        • sequel

          could be his/her meaning. being south african myself, can i just point out that there’s a difference between disproportionate representation and having no right to vote or run for office.

          despite the title of the blogpost and as much as i dislike it, white christians are only a “minority” compared with every other combination of race and religious group put together. they are by far the largest of all the combinations of race and religion, making them a huge plurality. and taking race and religion separately, i’m sure whites and christians are both majorities in the US.

          unfortunately, just about every democracy is over-represented by their largest demographic groupings. not to mention the over-representation of men in government. (today, south africa is one of the few countries with women making up roughly half of parliament.)

          • Phillip in L.A.

            As I reiterated in my post, I was not speaking for colo303, and I will not presume to respond on her/his behalf, either!

      • Jukesgrrl

        Don’t try to tell them that. They’re being enslaved, doncha know.

    • The_Wretched

      Pretty much, they have 75%+ of State and federal offices.

    • Gustav2

      Ohio is an apartheid state in many ways. Blue metro areas and Red exurban and rural areas. Laws and protections change, especially for LGBT people. And we have counties that are completely white, that makes them afraid of the “other,” normal things are difficult traveling thru unless on the interstate.

  • Talisman

    And expect the remaining white Christians to do everything possible to keep their stranglehold on power.

  • aar9n

    Finally some good news.

  • Chris Gardner

    The most shocking excerpt from this article: over half of LGBT Americans are religiously affiliated. Despite being told God hates fags, we still seek a higher power in our lives.

  • Ross

    Christianity is in decline?

    Gee…I wonder why?

    I guess people are kinda turned off by hatred.

  • NZArtist

    Yay! The cancer is dying out! Woohoo!

    • ECarpenter

      Just wishful thinking.

  • Octoberfurst

    This is the best news I have heard all day! It put a huge smile on my face knowing that Christianity is dying out! The sooner the better I say!

    • ECarpenter

      Well, no, there are lots of Christian people of color. The proportions are changing, and more are unaffiliated, but Christianity is definitely not dying out. That’s just wishful thinking.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      That police detective in Salt Lake City, Utah, who falsely arrested, assaulted and battered, and violated the civil rights of the brave nurse (who refused to allow him to draw blood from the unconscious victim of said police’s dangerous chase), was fired from his part-time job as a paramedic, according to the BBC. That’s good news!

    • Hal Witherspoon

      As long as it is replaced by something better.

  • Luther Kreiger

    Good news. Though I can’t help but expect to be hearing “Those hateful SJWs and Transgenders and Antifa have scared away people from telling the truth so they lied about being good Amurikan Christians! FAKE NEWS!” soon.

  • Danieruw

    Where’s the party?

  • Stogiebear
  • Mike

    Hyper-religious gay people is the oddest thing of all, especially the conservative Doris Dei catholics. That’s a lot of self-hatred.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    In the tiny hamlet that my parents moved back to ( their roots ), Pop. 112.; there are 3 Lutheran Churches. One in town, and 2 in the country. You can imagine the low attendance, so the cost to maintain is astronomical.
    LOL the stubborn bastards refuse to give up ” their ” church, so they have to share a single minister.
    It amuses me to no end.

    • OdieDenCO

      comedy gold: minister schedules service at all three churches at the same time and has to dash between them to avoid being found out.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Add a dishy vicar, and I’ll watch!

  • FuzzyOtter

    Well good lawd, them religious folks really are an oppressed minority. I guess I will need to eye roll with more compassion the next time I overhear my coworker going on about society not allowing her to say Merry Christmas.

  • Nic Peterson

    I wonder why they are losing all that market share? Could it be…..Satan?

  • OdieDenCO

    being a American Christian is no longer honorable. the brand has been tarnished by hate

    • Mike

      Christianity has been synonymous with cruelty and dishonor since at least the 80s. Over the years it’s driven out much of the good and only gotten more poisonous.

      My last exposure to it was a nephew’s confirmation I attended at an Episcopal church in an upper-middle-class community. What I heard was disheartening. After wailing about the “broken” world the kids were facing, the priest read a parable about a king who murders two men for being selfish, and that was their idea of an uplifting moral lesson for adolescents: Please the king, or else. It was sickening.

  • aagold76 .

    minority- but one that regularly votes- in all elections. Most other groups have a spotty record.

  • kaydenpat
  • There is hope for our country yet.

  • Richard

    Now maybe if more non white, non Christians would get their butts out and vote in ALL elections the government would reflect the nation and not a minority.

  • At least they admit that they don’t give a shit about non-white Christians now.

    • leastyebejudged

      Unfortunately for Dems the same can be said about how they feel about white Christians. It’s not a good thing.

  • Jukesgrrl

    The Western PA church my parents took me to as a child (built in the early 1960s) was closed about 15 years ago. The dwindling congregation was sent to another church five miles away and the Catholic diocese sold the building to a majority-black church. Now the church the congregation was sent to is also closing and the newly consolidated parish will be 10 miles away for a mostly elderly population to get to. I can’t imagine who the Catholics will sell this church to. It’s an architecturally distinguished building with huge stained glass windows and jam-packed with Catholic art work, including one giant wall of mosaics depicting the annunciation designed by a well-known artist.

  • Jukesgrrl

    Yet in the Southwest, the LDS congregations continue to grow. There have been three new huge Mormon temples built in Arizona since I moved here. One in Glendale, one in Tucson, and one in Gilbert. These congregations are very intent on marshaling their political power. Mormons in Mesa, AZ, aren’t a majority but they hold the majority of city council and school board positions.

  • Paul

    The article said WHITE Christians are declining, NOT Christians in general. Christian =/= white.

    There are black, Latino, and Asian Christians who are just as anti-gay as white Christians, sometimes even more so.

  • Tim

    Good.

  • GeoffreyPS

    Umm…. Thank God!

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  • Lee Anne

    They will cling to power by any means necessary. And that includes the use of force

  • Joseph Miceli

    The sooner religion is extinct the better. The cloudy thinking and self delusion that leads to religion is a curse in and of itself . Once you engage in magical thinking about sky daddy you start applying it to other things … like the economy global warming and immigration. It’s time humanity moved on.

  • TheManicMechanic

    As long as they keep praying away their diseases and keep letting Jesus take the wheel, their decline should continue at an increasing pace.