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The number of Americans who have a formal religious affiliation is plummeting. In the 1970s, the percentage of people who identified as not being associated with a religious group was 5%. Now it is 30%. The Episcopalians and United Church of Christ have suffered staggering losses of membership. But during the Trump presidency, the share of white Americans who identify as evangelicals has increased.

There is something strange going on here, though. Millions of people are being drawn to evangelical churches not because they have any particular interest in Jesus, but because they see it as closely associated with the Republican Party. For example, in 2007, just 16% of self-identified evangelicals said they hardly ever go to church. Now that is 27%. In 2008, a third of evangelicals who never attended church said they were conservative. Now that is 50%. For many Americans, joining an evangelical church and then never attending it is a way to affirm that they are a conservative and a Republican. "I don't believe in Jesus, I just believe in the GOP," seems to be the general idea.

Another trend is that people who call themselves evangelicals often have no attachment at all to Protestant Christianity. The number of Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, and Mormons who self-identify as evangelicals is growing. Many of these non-Protestants are actually religiously devout. But they associate being religious and being conservative with being evangelical, even as they reject the divinity of Jesus. So self-identifying as an evangelical doesn't mean what it used to mean at all. Especially since some of them (e.g., Hindus) have nearly no interest in attracting new adherents (i.e., evangelizing).

So we have the curious situation that evengelicals in 2020 don't agree on which religion is the correct one (if any) or even if being religious is necessary to call oneself an evangelical. They speak with many voices. But on Election Day they speak with one voice, and it supports Republican candidates.


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The number of Americans who have a formal religious affiliation is plummeting.

Except when it comes to vaccine mandates. Seems like a lot of people suddenly developed strong religious beliefs
to get an exemption. :roll:

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Christian television network founder and preacher Marcus Lamb, who discouraged vaccinations, dies after being hospitalized for Covid-19

By Carma Hassan, Michelle Watson, CNN Business
Updated 9:27 AM ET, Thu December 2, 2021

https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/01/media/marcus-lamb-covid-death/index.html

Prominent Christian televangelist and anti-vaccine advocate Marcus Lamb died after being hospitalized with Covid-19, his family announced Tuesday.

Lamb founded Christian television network Daystar Television Network in 1997.

His wife Joni Lamb, announced the televangelist's death on Daystar's program streamed to Facebook Tuesday. She said her husband had diabetes but was healthy and was hospitalized after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
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Root Boy Slim & The Sex Change Band with The Rootettes - Xmas At K-Mart (1978)
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I must have died and gone to heaven
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