Young Turks: Religion is dying in America

By David Ferguson
Saturday, March 16, 2013 11:59 EDT
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Cenk Uygur on religion
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Friday night on Current TV’s “The Young Turks,” host Cenk Uygur looked at new surveys of U.S. public opinion and posited that this country is following the countries of Europe in an increasing trend toward secularism.

“There’s a new poll out on religion,” Uygur said, “and it is fascinating.”

A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that increasingly when polled on their religious affiliation, more and more U.S. citizens are listing themselves as having “none.”

In the first half of the 20th century, Uygur said, that number among Americans was at 5 percent.

“In 1990, that number moved up to 8 percent,” he continued. Fair enough, “not much movement,” he said.

“But get a load of this,” he said. “All of a sudden, when they ask again today, the number has moved up to 20 percent.”

Twenty percent, said Uygur, “is a gigantic bloc of Americans. In fact, it’s nearly equal now to the number of Evangelicals in the country, and they have enormous political power.”

Non-religious people, he said, need to organize and work together to wield some power in public policy.

Forty percent of liberals polled by Pew said that they have no religious affiliation, compared to only 9 percent of conservatives.

“I would say it’s time to flex a little bit of muscle here,” Uygur said. “in terms of political power. This group has none whatsoever, but it’s growing by leaps and bounds.”

Nearly one-third of U.S. citizens under 30 do not claim a religious affiliation, according to the poll.

“This is what Bill O’Reilly is so scared of when he talks about ‘The War on Christmas,’” continued Uygur, that in the “culture wars,” the “secular left” is winning.

“Hey, you’re right, Bill,” he concluded. “We are winning. Sad day for you. More and more of the young realize that you’re an idiot.”

Watch the clip, embedded below via Current TV:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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