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  •  Er, read the whole article. (6+ / 0-)

    The U.S. trend over the past several decades is rather unmistakable (there's something wrong with the chart given there):

    The ISSP did not find a shift in the United States—an anomaly compared with the results emerging from other surveys (as I discuss in more detail here, which is a supplement to this article). Gallup recently found that the “no” response to the simple query on belief in God is currently four times higher than when it was last asked in the 1960s. The percentage of “no” responses to similar Gallup questions on God belief leave no doubt that (despite low rates of reproduction) atheism has persistently risen, making nontheists the main component of the well-documented rise of the nonreligious (rather than an increase in unchurched theists). No significant Amerofaith is expanding anywhere so fast. Even the (fast-breeding) Mormons are being left in the demographic dust.

    It appears that Ameroatheists have expanded by 10 million since the turn of the century—representing about a million a year, and about a third of overall population growth, to a total of 60 million out of more than 300 million. Atheism has made large gains among the young, while congregation size has dropped by as much as a fifth. Even so, the ISSP results confirm that the United States is still the most theistic prosperous democracy—yet not nearly as theistic as some Second and Third World countries.

    •  And I think part of the reason (3+ / 0-)
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      sb, Smoh, Brooke In Seattle

      Why the kids leave the church is because it's crammed down their throats while they're young, and when they actually get out into the world they find there are lots of other options that aren't nearly so oppressive.

      Even the Amish have the good sense to,give the kids a chance to see what it's like to live outside. And they don't all come back.

      And the Amish aren't obnoxious, as opposed to some of the fundies. nor do they try to force their beliefs on anybody.

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