More than 10% of Americans under 18 are willing to identify themselves as “atheists.”
Around 13% of the members of Generation Z; surveyed by Bama pollsters, were willing to identify themselves as atheists. Bama defines a member of Generation Z as somebody born between 1999 and 2015.
Bama’s findings indicate a paradigm shift in American beliefs that might have a profound impact on politics and culture in the near future. Only 7% of Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1999), 6% of Generation Xers (those born between 1965 and 1979), 5% of Baby Boomers (those born between 1945 and 1964) and 6% of Elders (those born before 1945) were willing to describe themselves as atheists.
One in three Members of Generation Z have no Religion
The 13% figure is probably a gross undercount of American atheists because most atheists are not willing to accept that label. Bama’s own findings indicate that the real level of atheism might be as high as 25% or one in four Americans.
Bama found that 14% of Generation Z members admitted to having no religion (or opinions on religion), and 8% of them identified as agnostics. If Bama’s polls are correct 35% of Generation Z; or more than third, profess no religion whatsoever. More tellingly, 21% of Generation Z members or two in 10 were willing to identify as secularists.
This is definitely a paradigm shift because just 4% of Baby Boomers and 6% of Elders were willing to identify as agnostics. Secularism is now America’s fastest growing “religion;” its membership has almost doubled in one generation, Bama’s research indicates.
Poll Reveals the Next Big Cultural Conflict in America
Around 24% of Generation Z members surveyed by Bama admitted that they believe science disproves the Bible.
The euphemism Bama used for this was “science and the Bible are in conflict on the side of science.” Around 24% or nearly one in four Generation Z members agreed with that statement.
More worrying for both Christians, and those concerned about the popularity of Luddites, was this statement. Around 17% of Generation Z thought that the Bible and science are conflict, but accepted the Bible as fact. This means that 41% of Generation Z’s members think the Bible and science are in conflict.
That sounds like a recipe for a major cultural and political clash, and a divide that can touch off a vicious new culture war. Disturbingly, such a culture war might have already begun and nobody noticed.
Has the New Culture War begun?
Two secularist organizations are suing U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson because he and other cabinet members are holding a Bible Study at the White House.
The groups have filed a Freedom of Information Act request in an attempt to discover who is attending the Bible Study, CBN News reported. The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) are suing Carson for not releasing that data, a press release indicates.
“FFRF is seeking the records to determine whether or not the bible study uses government resources, whether staffers may feel coerced into organizing or even participating in the religious event, and to ascertain government access granted to Capitol Ministries, a group that seeks to evangelize elected officials,” the press release states.
Are Secularists conducting a Witch Hunt for Christians at the White House?
Interestingly the nonentity Carson is not the real target, the press release indicates. “The pious affair is apparently co-sponsored by Vice President Mike Pence (R-Indiana),” the release claimed.
The FFRF leaders are upset because Carson has not released details to them. They fail to note that action would be in violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion and the Fifth Amendment’s ban on self-incrimination so it would be unconstitutional.
FFRF and CREW are seeking emails and other records related to the Bible study. They are also searching for information about Secretary Carson’s appearance at an event at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.
Is the new McCarthyism targeting Christians?
“Even Paranoids Have Real Enemies.” — Motto printed on Hippie buttons in the 1960s, it first appeared in Christianity Today in 1967 according to Quote Investigator.
The tactics the two groups are employing here are disturbing. They are reminiscent of those used by U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) and other anti-Communist zealots during the 1940s and 1950s.
McCarthy and his allies sought to identify Communists and Communist sympathizers so they could exclude them American public life. CREW and FFRF appear to want to do the same thing to Christians.
The Christians who are frightened of becoming a persecuted minority might not be as paranoid as their detractors think. There seems to be both a growing level of secularism and a militant new secularist movement in America that has little respect for individual rights or the Constitution.
The new culture war has begun and the first victims are clear. They are individual rights and the constitution.
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