Survey Shows That More Than a Third of Americans Support a Pledge of Allegiance Without “Under God”

Earlier this year, LifeWay Research (an evangelical Christian polling group) asked Americans whether or not they prefer to keep “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and, to no one’s surprise, they overwhelmingly said yes:

The American Humanist Association felt those results were skewed, in part because Americans didn’t really understand the Pledge’s history. So in May, they commissioned The Seidewitz Group to run a similar survey. But this time, before asking whether “Under God” should remain in the Pledge, responders were made aware of when it was put in there in the first place:

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This Chart Shows How Every Major U.S. Religious Group Feels About Government Involvement in Moral & Economic Issues

How do your religious beliefs affect your views on the government? Should the government play a role in regulating morality? How about the economy, in terms of having a bigger, more involved government or a small, less involved one?

Tobin Grant at Religion News Services offers a conversation started with this very dense, highly informative chart tracking all of the major religions in the U.S. and where they typically stand on this issues based on their responses in the Pew Forum’s Religious Landscape survey. (The bigger the circle, the more members of that religious denomination.)

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Larry King Discusses the Decline of Faith in America

Larry King is still doing interviews (who knew?!) and he recently hosted a panel to discuss the future of faith in America and why more and more people are dropping their religious labels. The panel included atheists Lawrence Krauss and (The Unbelievers director) Gus Holwerda.



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Gallup Says LGBT Americans Are Less Religious Than the General Public. (In Related News, the Sun is Hot)

According to a new Gallup poll that will surprise exactly none of you, LGBT people are significantly less religious than the general population:

Why might that be the case? The obvious reason is that many religious traditions see homosexuality as a problem to solve, not a reality to embrace, and why would LGBT individuals want to be part of those traditions?

But Gallup’s Frank Newport offers additional possibilities:

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The Decline of Religion in America as Seen Through a Handful of Graphs

Tobin Grant at Religion News Service has a delightful series of graphs showcasing the “Great Decline” of religion in America in recent years:

The statistics teacher in me has to remind everyone that the decline isn’t as steep as the graph suggests — the vertical axis doesn’t begin at 0% — but a ten percent drop in the number of people identifying with a religious label is still pretty damn amazing.

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