A person might opine that Americans (and many Europeans in a largely post-Christian Europe today) are religious, even if they claim to be non-religious. In this reblogged post, the author makes the case that Leftism (or Progressivism) has become the new religion for many in the US in recent years. We see that ideology appears to be substituting for religion in the lives of many citizens. (We had reached a similar conclusion in recent years.)
A good, short read. Recommended.
(source) Over the last decade, America has moved drastically to the left. Not only are more people on the left than ever before, the left is further left than it’s ever been. This radical brand of progressivism has come to be known as “leftism”—an extreme yet increasingly dominant segment of the political spectrum.
At the same time, America has grown more secular. According to Pew, “religious nones” are rapidly growing in number. These “nones” are most concentrated among millennials: 36% of millennials are religiously unaffiliated. Millennials happen to also be America’s most politically progressive generation.
While correlation doesn’t prove causation, politics and religion are so closely related that it’s hard to believe the simultaneous popularization of extreme leftism and secularism is insignificant.
My theory is this: the country hasn’t actually become less religious. Many people have simply replaced traditional religion with leftism.
Rather than associating with Christianity…
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