I encourage you to read the article for yourself. Still, I will provide the particularly hurried among you with some of the highlights:
- The number of Americans reporting no religious affiliation has doubled since 1990 and is now roughly at 16%. Still, only 2% of Americans identify themselves as atheists (and an additional 2% as agnostic).
- Kentucky seems to mirror the national data, with approximately 16% of the state having no religious affiliation.
- The rapid growth in the proportion of religiously unaffiliated Americans coincides with recent publicity, high-profile books, and the like.
- Most religiously unaffiliated voters vote for Democrats; more frequent church attendance is associated with voting Republican.
Members of the Louisville atheists group also say they want to combat conservative Christians' political activities in areas ranging from embryonic stem-cell research to creationism to courthouse postings of the Ten Commandments.It is so refreshing to see atheism addressed in the media without the usual misinformation and bigotry that are so common. Thanks to Peter for the article.
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