Harvard professor Robert Putnam has conducted research into the religion of Generation X and Y. The results were what we on TA would expect, 30 to 40 % of the respondents selected None as their religion. The reasoning for the change surprised me. The study claims that over the last 20 years the conservative movement has tied in religion and made it appear intolerant.
I find it a great irony that the hardliners have driven away their future base. The bigger story is that when you drive away your base from something like religion that takes generations to build, you might as well throw in the towel. What will happen is that our generation won't even take their kids to church to learn about it in the first place. This cycle will destroy US religion as the majority and we get to point to George Bush 1 for saying that Atheists aren't Americans and it carries through to W being anti progress.
Even better, the Republican Party continues to eat itself. Lindsey Graham has been trying to point out that if they can't keep Arlen Specter, then much of the base must feel the same. The Republican response has been a rally cry of let the bum go. They still don't see the big picture. So their "Good Word" work will continue to drive out anyone who isn't PRO-religion, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Gay, Anti Science, Pro-Torture, and Pro-War. I say we fan the fires and keep any of our Republican friends feeling the same as long as we can.
I have to say that I'm surprised that the reasoning for a lack of religion isn't education and Science. Our modern reading of the Bible and Public discussion of it has to be changing hearts. I'm curious where the other results of the study have fallen. Hopefully once it is fully released someone will find it and post it. Keep up the good work Republicans. I for one appreciate you changing the American landscape from faith to evidence base reality.