Religiosity on the decline, atheism on the rise

A new global survey on faith and atheism, released by WIN-Gallup International, and based on interviews with more than 50,000 people selected from 57 countries — asked participants, “irrespective of whether they attended a place of worship, if they considered themselves to be religious, not religious, or an atheist.”

Dominique Mosbergen writing at the Huffington Post:

The number of people in the U.S. who self-identify as religious dropped 13 points to 60 percent. In addition, 5 percent of Americans declared themselves atheists, an increase of 4 points since 2005.

But, it’s really much more than that, because the number of people identifying themselves as “Not a religious person” has risen from 20% in 2008 to 30% in 2012. Over a third of all Americans openly identify themselves as non-religious; now if that’s not freedom, and specifically “religious” freedom, I don’t what is.

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