A report mentioned in the New York Times today presents some alarming statistics on religion in America. The article is based on a study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, one of seven projects carried on by the Pew Research Center. But there is every indication that religion still plays a vital role in the live of most Americans. Except, apparently, for Scientologists, whom are not even given an “honorable mention” in the Pew study. (see screen shot below).
By NEELA BANERJEE
New York Times
WASHINGTON — More than a quarter of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood to join another religion or no religion, according to a new survey of religious affiliation by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
Detailing the nature of religious affiliation — who has the numbers, the education, the money — signals who could hold sway over the country’s political and cultural life, said John Green, an author of the report who is a senior fellow on religion and American politics at Pew.
Michael Lindsay, assistant director of the Center on Race, Religion and Urban Life at Rice University, echoed that view. “Religion is the single most important factor that drives American belief attitudes and behaviors,” said Mr. Lindsay, who had read the Pew report. “It is a powerful indicator of where America will end up on politics, culture, family life. If you want to understand America, you have to understand religion in America.”