When Leaving Religion Costs You Everything

Jun 29, 2016

By Brandon Withrow

In the first week of June, secular voters converged at the Lincoln Memorial—atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and unbelievers of all stripes, came to celebrate what they have in common, to raise awareness among their representatives, and to fight bigotry.

The Reason Rally, as it is called, was a reminder that secularism isn’t going away anytime soon.

According to studies, institutionalized religion is losing its grip in The United States. Those who identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated (“the nones”) in America—persons who check “atheist,” “agnostic,” or “none of the above” on surveys—rose from 16 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2014. According to Pew Research, atheists make up 3.1 percent of American adults today; in 2007 it was 1.6 percent. Evidence shows that “the nones” are quickly losing their belief in God and becoming increasingly secular.

While there are significant demographic changes occurring in the U.S., as a phenomenon, atheism is still a long way from having the lion’s share of the American identity; religion still dominates our social world.

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6 comments on “When Leaving Religion Costs You Everything

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    fadeordraw says:

    Nevertheless, compared to other Western nations, the US has a terribly high percentage of its population who are practicing believers. The costs to US individuals and institutions must, hypothetically, be high for them to leaves their spiritual-institutional allegiances. US folks like their Christianity, their guns, and their Americanism. It’s would appear to be a long haul to get a secular nation.

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  • It took me a while to see that what i had put my beliefs and trust in was nothing more than an age old scam. I was a Christian for a long time, but after a study on the bible, the origins of the bible , mythology , the historicity of Jesus ,a little biology and a little neuroscience i discovered a whole new out look on life. I am glad to find no truth in religion, any of them.

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  • melissa

    When I found myself in your position years ago I felt a sense of great freedom of the mind. I felt the control tactics of religion drop away from me. I consider myself very lucky that I thought my way out of that dark little box like you now have. Congratulations on your new mind freedom. Glad to see you here. The journey continues. 🙂

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  • Melissa, welcome aboard. I cannot empathise, since my secular and godless later childhood (I saw through the thin veil of wishy-washy church of England hogwash shortly after realising that Father Xmas and the tooth fairy were adult created scams!). It is good to see the thoroughly brain-washed breaking out and becoming one of us homo-superiors (haha only – joshing). I hope that before I die, religion has become a thing of ridicule and stigma!
    I’m not confident though!

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