It seems that the Falwell/Dobson wing of the Republican party is falling off a bit.
When it comes to religion, the USA is now land of the freelancers. The percentage. of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation. The faithful have scattered out of their traditional bases: The Bible Belt is less Baptist. The Rust Belt is less Catholic. And everywhere, more people are exploring spiritual frontiers — or falling off the faith map completely.
These dramatic shifts in just 18 years are detailed in the new American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), to be released today. It finds that, despite growth and immigration that has added nearly 50 million adults to the U.S. population, almost all religious denominations have lost ground since the first ARIS survey in 1990.
I have nothing against people of faith because I have my own faith, but it's when the circus clowns of the televangle-money grubbing-Pat Robertson's try to rule the world.
As my pal John Cole says:
For an omnipotent and omniscient being, God has made some really lousy earthly staffing decisions.
America is getting sick and tired of these pulpit pundits trying to claim the moral high ground for themselves.