A PROGRESSIVE VOICE FROM THE LLANO ESTACADO

Sunday, May 19, 2013

New Immigrants Have Fewer Christians


I have written before about how the United States is becoming less christian. Polls have shown that each generation is producing more people with no religious affiliation and less people who are christian. The main reason for this is that young people are leaving the churches in large numbers -- mainly because of social views they simply cannot accept.

But there seems to be another thing that is adding to the nation becoming less christian. According to the Pew Research Center, in the last 10 years (from 1992 to 2012) the number of legal immigrants coming into the United States contains less christians (as a percentage), while the percentage of those following other religions has grown. The number of christian immigrants has dropped from 68% to 61% (a seven point drop). The biggest winners in this are the muslims (whose percentage grew from 5% to 10%) and the hindus (who grew from 3% to 7%). The percentage of immigrants without religion has stayed constant at about 14%.

The craziest part of all is that those christians who are most determined to turn this constitutional and secular country into a christian theism are fighting hard to keep out the most christian of all immigrants -- the undocumented immigrants. Those undocumented immigrants are at least 83% christian (while only 9% are non-religious and 7% follow other religions).

The religious fundamentalists and teabaggers, who claim to want this to be a christian nation, are trying to keep out and kick out the most christian of immigrant groups. I guess for them, the only christians who count are white christians. They claim to be motivated by religion, but it seems obvious that their religion is trumped by their racism. Given a choice between helping their christian brothers and sisters or upholding their racist and anti-immigrant views, they seem to have chosen bigotry. It makes me wonder if they have really read the words of their "savior" in the New Testament.


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