Sunday, January 03, 2016
The Growing Secularization Of The United States
I posted about this survey from the Pew Research Center earlier is 2015. But as we enter the new year, I thought it was worth repeating -- because this trend could change this country as much, if not more, than anything else.
The trend started with the Baby Boomer generation, which showed a significant reduction in the percentage of religious people over their parents (the Silent Generation). And the trend has continued -- with Generation X being less religious than the Baby Boomers, and the Millennials being less religious than Generation X. There is no logical reason to believe the trend won't continue.
That means the United States is becoming a more secular nation with each new generation. That's a good thing, because as secularization grows it will be easier to live up to the ideals of the secular U.S. Constitution. There will be less pressure to discriminate under the guise of religion.
I know that religion (all religions) profess to believe in peace, love, and acceptance -- but that has not happened in practice. It only happens within a particular religion, and is not spread to those in other religions (or those without religion). That is unacceptable in a nation as diverse as the United States -- a nation where all people will never share a common religion.
The answer to religious differences and religious discrimination is secularization of the nation as a whole -- and thankfully, that is happening.