As recently as 30 years ago, America was over 90% Christian. Today, that number is down to about 75%. They don't silently rule the country anymore, and as they see that power start to fade they pushback. And any sentiment that paints Christianity as anything other than the beacon of all that is good and morally superior in the universe, is seen as an "attack on liberty" and as "taking away freedoms". A bunch of buzzwords that ultimately have no logical support.
Downgrading a religion's status to "equally represented", as opposed to having a borderline theocracy, scares the people of that religion. But they've been comfortable for far too long now..
What else happened about 30 years ago? The internet. Personally, I'm optimistic. Not only does the internet make so much information available to people than they've ever had access to before, it also gives them lots of opportunities to talk to other people and try to defend their position. When you have to actually explain what you believe, you also have to think about it. Thinking is so dangerous to religion. I personally think the percentage will keep declining.
The religious right is terrified because their traditional power over the masses, through religion and politics, is eroding. They have always believed that being “a good Christian” was enough, but now it is no longer the case. The buzzwords are their reaction.
As indicated elsewhere in this thread, there is a big difference between people saying that they are Christian in a poll, and actually being practicing church goers.
Here in southern Utah where I live, most people will say that they are mormon even if they haven't attended a church service in decades. So called Christianity all over the world has this same issue.
However, in one on one discussions I find that few people really believe. I like to think that most of the people I live around are actually closeted agnostics that haven't wanted to rock the boat. When non-believers are so vilified in public, there is a lot of hesitation in expressing one's true beliefs and feelings.
The trick is finding that tipping point when those closeted agnostics are willing to admit their non-belief to those around them. My hope is that moral support through online forums like this can help shift that.
I'd guess that the 70% number is as fictional as the rest of the stories that religious people tell.
I would venture to say that some of the 75% are "Christian" in name only, and I don't mean the obvious hypocrites. When people are polled or asked about religion, they will sometimes identify with Christianity because that is what they grew up with.
Many see, "freedom of religion," as, "freedom of MY religion." A person is free to have any religion, even Satanism. Non-religious and religious alike have to accept that. The ironic thing is the fact that the vast majority of religions are not conducive to this freedom. It is: "Believe all of this and nothing else."
Flat out true facts. I recently heard that the
ANTI ABORTION is a stance held by RACISTS.
They see any birth to white woman would
offset the decline in thier population advantage.- So here are 2 groups that only
fear the true facts of the issues they espouse.
Saving babies; religious freedom; indoctrination; monetary coersion; political
power are all examples the push back you
stated. They have been "flexing" thier political
power for the last decade; it's obvious they
are selective in what they support-look at workers rights supported by the Jesuits in south America. The movements were censured; leaders removed. Because of the
precieved threat to the existing power.These
issues are not social benefiting; they are just
a twisting of the true facts to suit the agenda
that should be exposed to the citizenry of
As they see their power start to fade Trump steps in with Pence waiting to enter in the background. The controlling elite are here to lie to us, confuse us, and take our money as they set up the Christian nation that so many have talked about from our beginning.
Same as Christianity losing its numbers in America, you see the same dynamic with white males losing their privilege, they act cornered and get frightened and angry, lashing out at women, gay people, and racial minorities for allegedly taking away their power, status, and jobs. So they vote for Trump or other conservative demagogues, commit mass shootings, and other hate crimes as their way of striking back against their perceived enemies.
To the 2/3rds consensus below.
Yes, the numbers seem off, but the numbers are in a state of decline. There is plenty of data supporting this.
Yes, the godbots are still the majority, but they are reacting as a cornered animal. Donations are in decline, their existence is threatend.
To me, IMO, the thing to do now is to discuss how to end the relationship religion holds with patriotic values.
First where are you getting these statistics from, they don't sound accurate to me. Is that 90% > 70% of the total population, or 90% of people who claim membership in a religious organization?
Second 75% is still a powerful majority. Hell most governments don't get elected with 50% of the vote, and that is only of those who voted.
Third I think you are conflating demographic majority with power. A group can be a minority and yet hold the majority of power.