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    RELIGION IN AMERICA (the new numbers)

    The religious demographics of the US are changing...


    Last year, for the first time ever, Protestants lost their majority status in an annual survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. Only 47 percent of America identifies as Protestant, with rates as high as 81 percent in Mississippi and as low as 10 percent in Utah.

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    Re: RELIGION IN AMERICA (the new numbers)

    IMHO - the rise of secular Buddhism in the U.S. is inevitable, because secular Buddhism actually makes sense, does not require blind faith, can be tested, and it really works.

    As people recognize that religion becomes less and less meaningful as science becomes more and more meaningful, their spiritual needs will need to be met in an increasingly effective way. Buddhism does this this.

    Neitzsche called Buddhism "mental hygiene." He was absolutely correct. Hygiene is important, in the mind, as it is in bodily cleanliness.
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    Re: RELIGION IN AMERICA (the new numbers)

    Why is there never a 'pagan' demographic? Are we just lumped in with 'unaffiliated'? Or is it because paganism isn't real religion?
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    Re: RELIGION IN AMERICA (the new numbers)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Why is there never a 'pagan' demographic? Are we just lumped in with 'unaffiliated'? Or is it because paganism isn't real religion?
    Granting that I don't know when the numbers for


    http://religions.pewforum.org/affiliations

    were gathered. Hit the arrow next to other faiths and then the one next to New Age. Add Wicca and Pagan. That's why Paganism doesn't show up in a lot of reports.
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    Re: RELIGION IN AMERICA (the new numbers)

    I see that my home state of NC is mostly Protestant, and has "above average" attendance. That's not surprising to me. We're not as, um, evangelical as say Alabama and Mississippi, but we're pretty up there. Interestingly, the area where I was born has a deep Quaker heritage, most of it actually quite liberal...though nowadays my hometown's meetings are no different from the Baptists.

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    Re: RELIGION IN AMERICA (the new numbers)

    not at all surprised to see that my home state of Kentucky seems to have a lot of white evangelical protestants. they're everywhere here.

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    I'm not surprised that Michigan has such a high Muslim population. We do have one of the biggest Middle Eastern population outside of the Middle East.
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