With all the religious babble coming from DC in the middle of an election year, it might be surprising to hear that religiosity is declining and atheism rising in the US. But that’s what a new poll says (.pdf) and the change over the last few years is quite promising:
Atheism is on the rise in the United States and elsewhere while religiosity is declining, according to a new worldwide poll. “The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism,” conducted by WIN-Gallup International headquartered in Switzerland, found that the number of Americans who say they are “religious” dropped from 73 percent in 2005 – when the poll was last conducted – to 60 percent.
Those who said they were “convinced” atheists rose from 1 to 5 percent. And 33 percent of the people polled said that they don’t consider themselves as a “religious person.”
Hallelujah and amen-eh! For they had eyes but could not see. Here’s hoping this trend away from the comforting fantaies of our species’ youth continues.