We're winning slowly, but surely

We’ve hit a milestone.

29 is the percentage of 1,018 adults polled who say they would like to see organized religion have less influence in the United States.

The same percentage would like to see religion have more influence. Another 39 percent are happy with the status quo.

The good news: 68% of the United States now recognizes that more religious influence would be detrimental.

The bad news: we’re still contending head on with almost a third of the country.  And of the majority who acknowledge that increased religious influence would be maladaptive, over half don’t extend that into the conclusion that we should reduce the present amount of religious influence.   In that sense, we have a finicky alliance with that 39% where they help us stop the spread of religion, but we still must find a way to change their minds.

I know!  Let’s continue to point out the emptiness of faith and the damage done by religion not just in a hypothetical scenario where they have more influence, but right here in the present.  Let’s continue to draw attention to the discrimination and social inequality produced by religious thinking (and give props to the groups fighting it), to the waste of money and the hindrance religious influence does to charity, to the people who die on account of religion, to the freedoms prevented or the rights removed through religious influence, and much, much more.  Seems to be working so far.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • AaronJ

    I’d never heard that there were numbers like that before, pretty interesting. With any luck all that 68% will recognize that all the major Republican candidates are in the 29% that wants more religion and not vote for them in the next election.

    I also like the Calvin and Hobbes comic. Partially because I was watching clips of Atheist Experience on Youtube the other day and some caller actually seemed to be implying that 2+2=4 is proof of miracles. And partially because I just really like Calvin and Hobbes.

  • Warren

    And Hemant Mehta calls himself an atheist.


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