White Christians are officially a minority now.

colbertfreakoutHere’s a bit of news sure to make the Religious Right freak out even more than usual. White Christians are now a minority in the United States:

Pew: White Christians no longer a majority – POLITICO.

According to the latest results from Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape survey published Monday by National Journal’s Next America project, just 46 percent of American adults are white Christians, down from 55 percent in 2007.

At the same time, according to the report, the share of white Christians identifying as Republican has remained steady, even equal with the share of the party that carried President Ronald Reagan to his 1984 reelection. Nearly seven in 10 white Christians — 69 percent — identify with or lean toward the GOP, while just 31 percent do the same with Democrats.

So if you’ve been thinking the Religious Right has been more unhinged than usual lately, this is probably why. They know they’re on the decline and they’re going to get more panicky as their numbers continue to diminish.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau as of last year whites still made up 77% of the population, but more and more of us are moving away from Christianity.

In less than a decade, the gap in Christian identification between Democrats and Republicans has increased by 50 percent. According to the data presented, in 2007, 88 percent of white Republicans and 70 percent of white Democrats identified as Christian, an 18-point disparity. By 2014, 84 percent of white Republicans identified as Christian, but the share of white Democrats identifying as Christian fell by 13 points, to 57 percent, a 27-point gap.

Not all of that change can be attributed to the rise in atheism, but we’re certainly having an effect. It’s also worth noting that Christians are still a majority religion in America at 70.6%, but more and more of them aren’t Caucasian. You can bet these trends are going to cause more than a little turmoil as they continue to grow.

3 thoughts on “White Christians are officially a minority now.

  1. That turmoil and desperation is already growing rapidly. Look at Donald Trump’s rise in the polls.

    He’s referred to Mexicans as rapists and criminals, he’s refused to rule out making US Muslims register with the government as such (the way Jews did in Nazi Germany), he’s suggested shutting down some mosques, he wants to ignore the 14th amendment and not allow some people born on US soil to be US citizens, he wants to round people up and deport them by the millions. When a black lives matter protester got assaulted at one of his rallies, he suggested that maybe the protester did deserve to get roughed up.

    In any ordinary election, even the Republicans wouldn’t support him in their primary. The Trump 2016 “make America [white] again” campaign represents one of the last desperate attempts by conservative White Christians to regain control of this country that they might never have again.

  2. I’ve done my bit by allowing my church membership to lapse. I’m not worrying that much about immigrants, their children will be American, and the definition of American will change. I do expect the melting pot to suffer some indigestion along the way, same as it ever was.

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