In just seven short years the number of people identifying as Christian has dropped immensely, and the number of people who refuse to belong to an organized religion â€“ or believe in God â€“Â is growing dramatically. The GOP should be terrified.
A new study just released byÂ the Pew Research Center today finds five million fewer Americans are willing to call themselvesÂ Christians, down almost eight percentage points since 2007. That year, 78.4 percent of Americans identified as members of the Christian faith. Today, just 70.6 percent.
And while a good portion of the drop comes from younger Americans, it is a trend occurring across all demographics, including race and education.
Pew finds that from 2007 to 2014, “the percentage of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated â€“ describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular’ â€“ has jumped more than six points, from 16.1% to 22.8%. And the share of Americans who identify with non-Christian faiths also has inched up, rising 1.2 percentage points, from 4.7% in 2007 to 5.9% in 2014. Growth has been especially great among Muslims and Hindus, albeit from a very low base.”
“American Christians â€“ like the U.S. population as a whole â€“ are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse,” Pew reports.
Non-Hispanic whites now account for smaller shares of evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics than they did seven years earlier, while Hispanics have grown as a share of all three religious groups. Racial and ethnic minorities now make up 41% of Catholics (up from 35% in 2007), 24% of evangelical Protestants (up from 19%) and 14% of mainline Protestants (up from 9%).
Some Republican presidential candidates may see this as an ace in the hole, believing Hispanics are more religious, and thus more likely to vote Republican. They’re wrong.
What Republicans don’t grasp yet, although, if they remain a viable party into the next decade they had better, is that despite believing that Hispanics are more religious than some other demographics, they are a different kind of religious, as popularÂ progressive political bloggerÂ HeatherÂ DigbyÂ Parton (“Digby”) wrote recently at Hullabaloo.
“Hispanics are assumed to be very traditional and conservative, which makes them natural GOP voters, if only they knew it,” Digby writes, in response to Mike Huckabee telling an Hispanic audience, “I do not come to you tonight with the ability to speak Spanish. But I do speak a common language: I speak Jesus.”
She concludes that Huckabee (and, presumably, all Republican presidential candidates) relying on the votes of Hispanics because they are a growing share of Christians just “won’t work.”
“It turns out that Hispanic evangelicals have a different view of what Jesus thought government should do than Mike Huckabee does,” she says.
Why should the GOP be terrified?
In 2012, Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by five million (4,982,296) votes. By 2016, there will likely be even fewer Christians than what Pew measured in 2014.
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1/6 Committee Issues Subpoena With Damning Revelation About Trump’s Focus to Former White House Spokesperson
A top Trump White House spokesperson who pushed the “Big Lie” and reportedly has “firsthand knowledge” of then-President Donald Trump’s behavior on the day before and day of the insurrection has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who earlier Friday issued subpoenas to 14 Republicans believed to have submitted false and forged Electoral College claims, has sent a subpoena to former Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere, CNN reports.
The Committee indicated to Deere it wants to focus on the day before the attempted coup, and “specifically said it wanted to speak with him about the January 5 staff meeting in the Oval Office with the President.”
In a damning revelation, Chairman Thompson’s letter “said it had obtained information that Trump repeatedly asked in the meeting: ‘What are your ideas for getting the RINOs to do the right thing tomorrow? How do we convince Congress?'”
U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), who sits on the January 6 Committee, Friday evening told CNN, the Committee thinks Deere “had a hand in formulating the strategy and some of the media discussions on the day of Jan. 6 and the president’s response.”
Jan. 6 select committee member Rep. Pete Aguilar on the committee subpoenaing former Trump White House spokesman Judd Deere: “We … think he had a hand in formulating the strategy and some of the media discussions on the day of Jan. 6 and the president’s response.” pic.twitter.com/yUviNrecXy
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Watch: Anti-Vaxx ‘Expert’ Claims COVID-19 Vaccines Will Turn People Into ‘Transhumanist Cyborgs’ Controlled by 5G
Sherri Tenpenny is an influential religious-right anti-vaccine activist who has testified before the Ohio state House, appeared on Charlie Kirk’s podcast, and been a speaker at multiple ReAwaken America events, where she has shared the stage with the likes of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Eric Trump, Mike Lindell, Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, and Alex Jones.
Recently, she has begun to claim that COVID-19 vaccines are designed to create “quantum entanglement” between those who take them and the internet in an effort to turn humanity into “transhumanist cyborgs.”
“The stated goal is to depopulate the planet and the ones that are left, either make them chronically sick or turn them into transhumanist cyborgs that can be manipulated externally by 5G, by magnets, by all sorts of things,” Tenpenny said during an appearance on “The Stew Peters Show” Thursday night. “I got dragged through the mud by the mainstream media when I said that in May of last year in front of the House committee in Columbus, [Ohio]. Well, guess what? It’s all true.”
“The whole issue of quantum entanglement and what the shots do in terms of the frequencies and the electronic frequencies that come inside of your body and hook you up to the ‘Internet of Things,’ the quantum entanglement that happens immediately after you’re injected,” she continued. “You get hooked up to what they’re trying to develop. It’s called the hive mind, and they want all of us there as a node and as an electronic avatar that is an exact replica of us except it’s an electronic replica, it’s not our God given body that we were born with. And all of that will be running through the metaverse that they’re talking about. All of these things are real, Stew. All of them. And it’s happening right now. It’s not some science fiction thing happening out in the future; it’s happening right now in real time.”
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
1/6 Committee Subpoenas 14 Republicans Who Allegedly Submitted Forged Electoral Certificates
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) Friday afternoon announced the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has issued subpoenas to 14 Republicans from seven states who submitted the forged and “bogus” Electoral College certificates falsely claiming Donald Trump and not Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election in their states.
The Chairman appeared to suggest the existence of a conspiracy as well, noting the “the planning and coordination of efforts,” saying “these so-called alternate electors met,” and may know “who was behind that scheme.”
He adds that “groups of individuals met on December 14th, 2020 in seven states carried by President Biden.”
“The so-called alternate electors from those states then transmitted the purported Electoral-College certificates to Congress, which multiple people advising former President Trump or his campaign used to justify delaying or blocking the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6th, 2021.”
Some legal experts have said their actions may constitute a felony.
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