I would think the “information age” is having a big influence on the decline in religiosity across all 1st-world cultures. Most of the conversions may very well be “passive”, i.e., people are simply gravitating away from the “faith” of their parents/grandparents as they learn more about the history and foundations of supernaturalism/mythology/religion in our development as a species.
 April 4, 2015 at 4:06pm
So why aren’t we calling SoCons hypocrites for their near-universal support for a country with the most liberal laws on same-sex marriage and abortion….Israel?
 April 4, 2015 at 3:56pm
Study also shows continued rapid rise of “Nones” in North America/U.S…..so at least there’s some good news!
But the growth of the indigenous American population is negative meaning it's immigrants who account for the increase in our population not the population who is already here. So, if the immigrant is "religious", that section of demographic will increase. "Nones" may grow in numbers but it depends on how the former immigrants are faithful to their religious backgrounds. In order to increase, "nones" who have to convert religious people.
March 29, 2015 at 4:34pm
Which case are you referring to?
Craig and Mullins v. Masterpiece CakeShop: violation of Colorado § 24-34-601(2), C.R.S.
Elane Photography, LLC v. Vanessa Willock: violation of New Mexico 28-1-7 NMSA (2006)
State of Washington v Arlene’s Flowers: violation of Washington RCW 49.60.030
This is the problem and exactly what I was talking about taking these decision out of the hands of the voter and the republic by using one court case by a non elected activist judge to change states the constitutions that stood for 238 years for religious freedom and private property rights including businesses. and change the constitution for millions of people forever and states rights by using ONE court case involving only two gay people,our system was meant to go through branches of government the House,the Senate,The Executive and the judicial branch (the supreme courts) of government. it's called due process and it's being violated by non elected activist judges by in a case by case judicial tyranny involving only two people who are gay that is being forced onto 300 million people. do you see something wrong with this? only 3% of our population who are gay does not speak for millions in fact trillions if you count all of civilizations who for 2000 years marriage was a man and a woman...you still got it wrong,it's a republic the voter decides with the representative we send to DC to represents our views and the constitution.thats all the government was originally for to defend the constitution and the peoples right to amend it and to protect us from foreign invaders.they were meant to have regular jobs like us and return to them once their jobs in DC were completed for that session.
What the hell are you babbling about? Tom Rath just demonstrated that all of these decisions were based on laws enacted by the elected legislators of the states in which they were handed down, contrary to your claim that "there isn't any." Therefore, they involve no violation of due process or judicial activism.
[-5] March 29, 2015 at 12:44pm
Actually, businesses do NOT have the right to refuse service if that refusal is on the basis of the customer’s belonging to a class protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
March 29, 2015 at 12:42pm
OK, so Pence refused MULTIPLE times to answer the Yes/No question, “Do you believe it should be legal to discriminate against gays?”
Admittedly, I can understand his refusal. If he answers simply “yes” OR “no”, he’s effed either way.
 March 8, 2015 at 10:37am
Just go ahead and make the move to The Onion, Matt. It’s your calling.
As a gasp! homosexual!
I just love people, who arrogantly presume
to tell me, they know MORE about me and
my life than I do.
 March 6, 2015 at 11:17am
It’s not anything like a relationship with a parent….it’s simply a relationship with a little thing called reality.
It would be completely antithetical for an advanced culture/civilization to NOT become less adherent to the mythological/supernatural. The highest rates of religious adherence on the planet are primarily undeveloped, third world cultures. Gee! Imagine that!
Somehow, however, the U.S. is lagging behind the rest of the industrialized world in leaving behind its pathological love affair with ancient mysticism. How can it be that this nation with its wealth of great scientific minds is somehow only behind TURKEY in a group of 34 industrialized nations in the percentage of the population that accepts evolutionary theory as scientific fact?
It is known as the Light of Christ. Despite the teachings of man, His light still shines forth.
the industrialized nations you brag about are collapsing into chaos. Funny how the very values that brought you a country such as this, is scoffed at. Man made a 5000 year leap in freedom with the birth of this nation through God Given Freedom. You know? The Creator of Jefferson, Washington and 53 other founders. Don't start with the Deist bullshit of our founders either. Talk about MYTHS base on quotes out of context, that will be your arguments if you attempt them. God or no God doesn't depend on your "belief". I'm absolutely convinced of a God. If you search long enough, deep enough, honest enough, you will too. It's so obvious.
February 17, 2015 at 3:12pm
Sheep #3 (uncredited)
 February 9, 2015 at 6:15pm
As someone who’s been voting almost exclusively GOP for about 35 years, all I can do is chuckle with incredulity when i see comments like this. It’s amazing how any judge who applies the Constitution in a manner somebody doesn’t like is suddenly a “filthy leftist”…even those jurists recommended by Reublican lawmakers and appointed by Republican presidents. Heck, at least ONE of the federal judges striking down a state marriage law (Pennsylvania?) had also run for or been elected to a non-judicial public office as a Republican!
Oooooh…but he’s a “filthy leftist”, now, because HE thinks Constitutional protections apply to everyone, including people YOU find “yucky”. HA! Fool.
 February 9, 2015 at 5:54pm
And just like Comcast3 above, you take something you saw somebody else say somewhere and have convinced yourself that “Tenth Amendment!” and “State’s rights!” is the end-all, be-all of the issue. The concept of federalism instills many powers, but the ability to use the precepts of sovereignty does not grant to the states immunity from judicial rebuff when in violation of Constitutional protections such as equal protection and due process. Numerous courts have, to date, found the various statutes placing restrictions against same-sex marriage to be in violation of these protections, under both standard and heightened scrutiny.
 February 9, 2015 at 5:28pm
Seriously? Yet another “It’s not enumerated! It’s not enumerated!” parroted argument?
Of COURSE not every issue is specifically mentioned in the Constitution. But, do you know what is?….concepts like “equal protection” and “due process”, which are applicable to non-enumerated topics, genius.
Seriously, people, READ A BOOK or something before you start spouting off about things you obviously don’t f’n understand!
Cool the anger man, but good points, sometimes you have to make a judgement based on established principles when specifics are not available.
tell that to washington, they are the ones that need to read a book so they f’n understand to leave things be. You cant force a person to love thy neighbor when the ones doing the enforcing do not even believe in the laws they are enforcing.
 February 9, 2015 at 5:20pm
Not exactly up to speed on the Constitution, Article III and the concept of judicial review, I take it.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
And just like Comcast3 above, you take something you saw somebody else say somewhere and have convinced yourself that "Tenth Amendment!" and "State's rights!" is the end-all, be-all of the issue. The concept of federalism instills many powers, but the ability to use the precepts of sovereignty does not grant to the states immunity from judicial rebuff when in violation of Constitutional protections such as equal protection and due process. Numerous courts have, to date, found the various statutes placing restrictions against same-sex marriage to be in violation of these protections, under both standard and heightened scrutiny.
I'm not sure how Article III gives the Supreme Court the right to take away the voice of the people? Can you please explain that part to me?
 February 6, 2015 at 9:04pm
Kudos, Presley. Unlike so many that CALL themselves “constitutionalists”, you actually get it.
Actually the constitution says nothing about marriages read it..
The equal protection was for the freed slaves and now the LBGT ARE TRYING to claim they are included. sadly so many do not understand just why the Constitution was written and what it gives us as citizens.
Sadly also that states have voted 75% or more to say marriage is between a man and women
and some Activist judge says too bad you voters do not count. I want gay marriage and I am a judge.
Actually God spoke what marriage is and sadly LBGT community does not honor God.
Nothing in the Constitution says don't discriminate against gays. READ it
February 6, 2015 at 12:47pm
Why is this supposed to be “surprising”? Statistics have shown the same trend in viewership of online porn. Those wacky, lovable Baptists! LOL!
February 3, 2015 at 9:16pm
Reminds me of the scientific studies that showed how children raised in a religious household had a harder time distinguishing between reality and fantasy.
February 3, 2015 at 9:12pm
I am Prophet Tom, and I see a bible verse in your future. ;)
 February 3, 2015 at 8:51pm
Ken’s just mad ’cause Carnival has all these boats and Kentucky won’t pay for his. :>)
 January 18, 2015 at 10:13pm
Like I said…..
 January 18, 2015 at 7:06pm
Evolution isn’t something you “believe in” or “don’t believe in”. You either UNDERSTAND evolution, or you don’t. Simple.
Impossible to understand evolution, it makes no sense and the theories have never been proven, scientists are still looking for the missing link. Junk science is so pervasive in our society and the sheeple so brain washed they think the theory has been proven.