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17-05-2015, 07:42 PM
Trending now: the religious "nones"
Atheism has suddenly got the attention of the mainstream press. We're #2!

Today's Meet the Press (5/17/2015) called out some statistics on reported religious affiliation. The unaffiliated have made amazing gains in the past 7 years.
Whether this is real growth in nonbelief, or just better counting, it's a good thing.

"The Pew Research Center reported that the number of Americans who are not affiliated with any religion rose almost seven points from 2007 to 2014"

"These are self-described atheist agnostics, and those who have no firm affiliation at all, the religious 'nones' as Pew is calling them. And they now make up almost a quarter of the population. By the way, that's about equal to the catholic population in this country."

"...the number of Americans who identify with major religions, Catholics, evangelicals, Jews, et cetera, other protestant groups, they have declined. The religious 'none' category is now ranked second in religious self-identification, after evangelicals. Seven years ago, they ranked at the very bottom of this list."

A transcript of the show is available here:
http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/me...15-n360261
Search that page for the phrase "NerdScreen time" to find the above quotes.
(The NerdScreen is an MTP segment where they talk about new statistics.)

Original Pew demographic study, America's Changing Religious Landscape:
http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/ameri...landscape/

A reminder to all of you in the atheist community:
Fill out those Pew, Census, etc. surveys whenever you have the chance. Stand up and be counted.

Enjoy.
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17-05-2015, 07:45 PM
RE: Trending now: the religious "nones"
When atheist becomes really mainsteam -- I'm going to convert.....

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Although I'm not sure what I can convert to, that'd give me even more free time.....

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It's a fucking quandary....

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17-05-2015, 07:52 PM
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I'll be happy when no one thinks to ask anymore.
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17-05-2015, 08:02 PM
RE: Trending now: the religious "nones"
I attend a local atheist service a couple times a week.

Most people call it a bar.
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17-05-2015, 08:41 PM
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All the christians gotta do is crucify someone every 2000 years and add more to the book.

When your audience only reads one book in 2000 years, it's a safe bet you've got them hooked.

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17-05-2015, 09:08 PM
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Not trending fast enough, imo.
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17-05-2015, 10:40 PM
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(17-05-2015 07:45 PM)onlinebiker Wrote:  When atheist becomes really mainsteam -- I'm going to convert.....

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Although I'm not sure what I can convert to, that'd give me even more free time.....

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It's a fucking quandary....

Convert to Shroedinger's Faith.

Every religion is simultaneously true and not-true, and will remain so as long as you are non-observant. Of course, if you actually start observing any commandments or holidays, the manifold will collapse into definitive state of either true or false, with false being far more likely than true. Therefore, each faith is best defended by remaining completely ignorant of it and not interacting with it in the slightest.
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18-05-2015, 12:58 AM
RE: Trending now: the religious "nones"
(17-05-2015 07:45 PM)onlinebiker Wrote:  When atheist becomes really mainsteam -- I'm going to convert.....

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Although I'm not sure what I can convert to, that'd give me even more free time.....

...

It's a fucking quandary....

you could convert to Otaku-ism Laugh out load
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18-05-2015, 04:26 AM
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The word "trending" needs to die. One of my least favorite media buzz words.

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18-05-2015, 05:50 AM
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It's the first baby step in coming out for many, many closeted atheists - checking a box on a survey.

I think there are many more closeted folks than we think. I never meet open atheists my age in real life, but when I steer the conversation to that topic, many will profess not to believe in religion. The word atheist is still scary.

This is actually very important - the more come out and check an appropriate box, the more will see it and do the same. This news will embolden people. I see it a a HUGE win for us.

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