A new study released by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that nearly 25 percent of Americans have no religion.
Those without a religion are officially the largest “religious group” in the United States. It’s time politicians take note.
“This is a wake-up call to lawmakers and politicians across the country,” said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. “The rapid growth of the nonreligious is among the most drastic and consequential changes to the American political landscape in recent history. It is time for both political parties to take notice of this trend and rewrite their political playbooks.”
However, the study found that in 2008, only 12 percent of this non-religious block turned out and voted.
So this leaves a big question. Why would politicians take note if we don’t participate in some way?
25 percent is a large enough number to swing elections, and keep theocratic politicians out of office, yet the nonreligious don’t vote?
“It is indisputable that we have the numbers on our side, the only challenge left is turning those numbers into a reliable voting bloc,” said Decker. “This is a hurdle I am confident we can overcome. The nonreligious are no longer outside the mainstream. We are your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends, and for elected officials, we are one-fourth of your constituents.”
The Secular Coalition, for their part, are running a massive voter awareness push through the Secular Values Voter campaign.
Again, 25 percent can make a difference, but only if that group participates. Stop waiting for someone else to change the world. Take part, make a difference.