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Religious places attendance drops below 50% in US, poll finds

Religious places attendance drops below 50% in US, poll finds

A new poll from Gallup indicates that membership to religious places (church, synagogue or mosque) has fallen below 50% for the first time in 80 years, since records were maintained. The drop has been particularly significant over the past 20 years, falling from 70% to 47%. The period has also seen a significant jump in those who express no religious preferences.

Shmule 3 weeks

This may be skewed by the fact that most places of worship have been closed or attendance greatly suppressed due to the pandemic. Just saying.

Qanonsense 3 weeks

At last, GREAT news. Once we get this number down to zero, humanity will be ready to take yet another step towards enlightenment.

Tobias 3 weeks

We could make that number go down to zero if we outlaw childhood indoctrination. We don't let kids make life altering choices normally, why do we give them no choice but to participate in something that can alter their life and way of thinking? Children are taught to fear their diety, while at the same time they are supposed to accept they are loved by the deity. That's a very difficult thing for a child to understand and make an informed decision as to whether or not they want to participate. They are told, "do what I say or you'll burn for all eternity". Why would you ever threaten a child like that? It's barbaric. Religion is a cancer upon humanity, albeit one we caused ourselves. I will agree religion can do good, but the bad it brings into the world far outweighs any good they may do. It divides people. Almost all mainstream religions have some line or other in their holy book that demonize those that don't follow the religion. I'm just fine with people having faith and spirituality. What I'm not okay with, is letting those religious groups dictate laws and norms for me. I don't follow their religion, so why should I be forced to conform to their beliefs? Religion needs to die so humanity can come together as a whole, regardless of beliefs. Too many wars are started over a difference in religious beliefs.

systematic fighter
systematic fighter 3 weeks

Good it's no good letting others hold you back or judging you. Most of the ppl that go to church and so on are boomers.

E N..
E N.. 3 weeks

There's hope for the future yet.

Isaiah 3 weeks

This is sad to see, even sadder to read the comments. I feel like now more than ever people would need some faith to help them through these harsh times. However we don't need churches to have faith. I know a lot of the issues are people who claim to be of a religious community, and then preform hateful actions that goes against the community's beliefs. Saying the end of religion would be the end of war is silly, humanity will always find a reason to fight.

Robert_Clearwater 3 weeks

And somehow human misery has increased in the past two decades. Huh.

David 3 weeks

Maybe people are getting a clue??? Lol probably not.

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