by Danielle Kurtzleben
Jenny Schulz isn’t religious.
“I see religion as something really personal,” said Schulz, 26, who works at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. “So the fact that it is a requirement in politics always seems unusual to me.”
She said she “oscillates between atheist and agnostic,” but she knows it could be many years before she votes for a political figure who shares her (lack of) religious beliefs.
Schulz is not alone. She is part of a growing group of American adults who do not identify with any religion. More than one-in-five American adults say so now, the highest in U.S. history. They are being identified as the religious “nones,” so called for their lack of religious affiliation. As they grow in size, they are also gaining political power.
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