PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly on the Rise of the Nones, Part 2: Political Implications

Last week, we learned that the percentage of Secular Americans was higher than ever before. Not only do a third of Millennials (18-29) have no religious affiliation, nearly 20% of all adults are also unaffiliated.

That incredible report was conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life in conjunction with PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Last week, the show aired part one of a three-part special on our people.

Part two focuses on the political implications of a rising non-religious populace:

Host Kim Lawton: [Volunteer Monette] Richards is part of a growing force on the political scene: the 46 million Americans who say they are not affiliated with a religion. Their numbers have been rising rapidly, and they are heavily Democratic.

Richards: When you can’t get into office unless you profess your religion and talk about how religious you are, it’s a very big problem for us.

Lawton: Like most religiously unaffiliated voters, Monette Richards doesn’t want to hear politicians quote from the Bible or make other overt religious appeals. She believes candidates can eliminate the God-talk without alienating faith-based voters.

Part three of this series airs next week.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://www.agnostic-library.com/ma/ PsiCop

    Re: “Last week, we learned that the percentage of Secular Americans was higher than ever before.”

    Are we sure about that? The “Nones” are religiously unaffiliated. The majority of “Nones” are actually believers. I’m not sure this indicates how secular they are. Some of them are secular, but how many? We can’t automatically tell that just from the number of “Nones.” A growth of secularism might explain the increase in “Nones,” but that’s just a guess that Pew made.

  • allein

    I’m hoping these are going to be available online because I couldn’t find them in my local station listings. :(

  • funkotron

    She said: “About a third of Americans under the age of 30 are Nones.”
    I heard: About a third of Americans under the age of 30 are Nuns.”


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