Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Non-Prophet

A piece on Alternet today offers the happy intelligence that the number of 'non-believers' in the United States is 1) larger than you might expect, 2) growing, and 3) fast approaching a critical mass.

Can I have an "Aaaa-HEM!?
According to the latest American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) of more than 54,000 adults, between 2001 and 2008 the number willing to identify themselves as atheist and agnostic has gone from under 2 million to 3.6 million. Small numbers compared to the whole, of course, but most notably it’s a rise of 85% of those willing to describe themselves as living without God during the years of our most overtly religious presidency!

Even more newsworthy, when the widely-scorned labels “atheist” and “agnostic” are replaced with specifics about beliefs (“There is no such thing” as God, “There is no way to know,” or “I’m not sure,” and added to those who refused to answer) it turns out that over eighteen percent of Americans do not profess belief in a God or a higher power.

According to ARIS, then, there could be as many as 40 million adult nonbelievers in the United States!
First step: let's get "God" off the currency.

1 comment:

A World Quite Mad said...

But if we remove "god" from the currency, then those dirty commie bastards have won! {/snark}

;)