States of Denial
Denial of the Holy Spirit, that is … yuck yuck yuck …
A recent Gallup Poll has compiled the religiosity of Americans by state. No big surprises; the south plus Utah and the Dakotas top the religious states. Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts seem to top the list of least religious, with a bit more than half the residents saying that religion is not important in their daily lives. I’m glad I live in an at least average state, but New England is calling me.
While there have been some increases and some decreases state by state of people who declare themselves Catholic and “other”, “No Religion” has increased in every state. So, pat yourselves on the back atheists, we’re doing a good job.
MN’s Non religious population has increased by 6%.
According to this recent survey, even though the word “atheist” is avoided, “based on stated beliefs, 12 percent are atheist (no God) or agnostic (unsure), while 12 percent more are deistic (believe in a higher power but not a personal God).” The number of Christians in America has been tabulaed at 76% (unfortunately for fundamentalists, this does include Catholics).