On a thread on the post on the growing nones in the UK, DEnnisLurvey stated this:
the religious say the nones are just lost and will come back to the pews, polling companies say they are people who don’t believe their religions stories any longer and won’t be coming back, more recently they say biblical literalists are down to 25%, lowest level ever in america. there are more old christians dying then ppl converting to christianity or being born into christian families.
It’s dying partly because archeology or historians cannot verify the events in the bible outside the bible and scientific discovery has replaced or disproven those stories older christians relied on.
But we have that last 10% of fanatical christians trying to save it here by passing laws against lgbt freedoms, gay marriage, women’s health, and in texas laws against masterbation/sex outside of marriage or not for procreation. A similar bill is being pushed in the federal congress.
Do they really think they can change our thinking through legal force or make their ancient biblical views legal for only them in law? Yes they do, and they have the weight of the president and congress at their backs.
What I find interesting about this is the notion whether the fanatical Christians in the US:
a) are genuinely on their last legs, in a sort of downward spiral – that the seeds are sown
b) and that they are throwing their last dice to stay in the game
I do wonder about these ideas of liberal vs conservative battles in law and in time. Part of me thinks that there has been a rejection of liberal values across the world. Perhaps people are bored of having it good. But part of me thinks, or maybe hopes, that, in the US particularly (in terms of the change in millennials, and the acceptability of Sanders inspired socialism), such political and legal insanity will be the death throes of conservatism for a good few years. Conservative politicians are doing all the damage they can to institutions and laws because they can. But with the moral change in the views of the younger generations, perhaps this is the last chance they will have of doing such damage. Nones are growing in number and, in time, will need to be taken into account in terms of policy making.
So I am interested in what readers think in terms of the political landscape in the US over the next ten years as Christianity will no doubt recede in numbers and power.