Fwd: “Nones” climb to 19%

From: Scott
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We are the 19%!

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Subject: 	“Nones” climb to 19%
Date: 	Fri, 20 Jul[masked]:29:04 +0200
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  “Nones” climb to 19% <http://ffrf.org/n...;­

July 20, 2012

America’s “Nones” — the nonreligious — are at an all-time high, now
comprising nearly one in five Americans (19%), according to a new study
by the Pew Center for the People and the Press. The 19% count is based
on aggregated surveys of 19,377 people conducted by the Pew Research
Center throughout 2011 and reported by USA Today

“This means great news for progress, for reasoned debate, for the status
of nonbelievers in our nation,” said FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. “The
freethought movement and FFRF are growing rapidly. There is an explosion
of local and campus freethought groups, activities and conferences.”

“Nones” were already the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population,
according to the definitive American Religious Identification Survey,
whose 2008 study showed adult Nones up to 15% from 6% in 1990. ARIS,
released in 2009, actually estimated “Nones” at 20% if responses to
broader questions about religious practices were included.

Freethinkers have been highly marginalized, in part for being perceived
as making up a small segment of the U.S. population. Actually, there
have always been many more nonreligious than Jews, Muslims, Mormons or
Eastern religions' adherents, currently respectively at 1.2%, 0.6%, 1.4%
and 0.9% of the U.S. population, according to ARIS. “Most minority
religions, however tiny in numbers, are treated with respect, inclusion
and sometimes deference. It’s time public officials and the American
public wake up to the changing demographics and stop treating atheists
and agnostics as outsiders,” added Annie Laurie Gaylor, who co-directs
FFRF with Barker.

“With nonbelievers at about 20% of the population, there is no longer
any excuse for leaving us out of the equation. Public officials cannot
continue to assume ‘all Americans’ believe in a deity, or continue to
offend 20% of the population by imposing prayer at governmental meetings
or government-hosted events. These surveys now show that ‘In God We
Trust’ is a provenly inaccurate motto. Nonbelievers should not be
treated as political pariahs,” Gaylor said.

“ ‘Nones’ in fact were at the time of the last ARIS survey, the
second-largest ‘denomination’ in the nation,” Barker said, “following
Catholics at 25% and tied with Baptists at 15%. According to the new PEW
study, nonbelievers now outrank Baptists.”

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since 1978 to keep religion and government separate.

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