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  •  I guess the question is (0+ / 0-)

    whether there is really a liberalization (or secularization) of the religious spectrum in the United States, or whether it is more of a polarization.

    The religious right is far from going away, and I'd feel a lot better if those were the numbers dropping rather than the numbers of mainstream Protestants.

    Civil marriage is a civil right.

    by UU VIEW on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 12:01:32 PM PDT

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      I guess the question is whether there is really a liberalization (or secularization) of the religious spectrum in the United States, or whether it is more of a polarization.

      Understood--but the finding here (as elsewhere) is that the proportion of Americans that self-identifies as religious, as well as the proportion that self-identifies as Christian, is shrinking.

      So if the dispute is over secularization vs. polarization, then this data fairly clearly show that it's secularization we're seeing--though a secondary trend does seem to be a precipitous loss of market share to both poles by mainstream Christianity.

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