Depiction of church attendance decline
Church attendance is on a sharp decline, a new study shows.

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A new Gallup poll shows that for the first time, fewer than 50% of Americans are members of a church. Good, it's about time they came to their senses.

It’s been a long journey, but it finally seems there is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel for the extinction of organized religion. 

Religion, and the extremism which grows from it, is a cancer on the breast of freedom. The only solution that will ensure a free and just society is for traditional religious bodies to be dismantled – the sooner the better, in my opinion. 

Escaping the Dark Ages

A few years ago I wrote a guest sermon for the ULC on this very subject. Back then, I said that America was being held back from a new Age of Enlightenment by religion’s insistence on keeping us in the Dark Ages, and I stand by that.

Take Christianity, the largest religion in America. It's teachings simply do not square with science. There’s the obvious: The majority of Evangelicals to this day deny basic biological truths like evolution or the age of the earth, insisting that the earth is but 6,000 years old and that humans didn’t evolve from apes but rather came from Adam and Eve.

Some believe we lived side-by-side with dinosaurs (they’re only off by 65 million years). Others are adament that dinosaurs are a 5G-style hoax. This type of thinking is quite obviously retarding our potential as a people.

The brainwashed religious masses even inject this hogwash into our public school systems too, fighting tooth and nail to get ‘intelligent design’ taught alongside evolution in classrooms across America, as if they’re somehow equal theories.

A Brighter, Religion-Free Future

Religion also holds us back culturally. These so-called "believers" only believe in liberty and justice for some – namely, themselves. Christianity in America is indeed built on the backbone of hate of the “other.” Don’t forget that most slave owners in this country were themselves very devout Christians.

Perhaps following in their ancestor’s footsteps, even today white evangelicals can’t even admit that black lives matter. In fact, a study found that only one-third of white evangelicals are motivated to address racial injustice. The sins of the past are very much alive in present day evangelicalism.

It doesn’t stop there. Ask any LGBTQ+ person about the compassion of the church and you’ll get laughed at. From old battles like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, to modern mistreatment like the movement to block trans people from using their preferred bathroom, millennials have been witness to a ‘greatest hits’ of religious opposition to letting our queer brothers and sisters live their lives without being hassled.

As our society moves toward LGBTQ+ acceptance more broadly, younger generations are shocked to contrast that with the poor treatment gay and transgender youth receive from the church. 

For decades, religion has taught these folks to be ashamed of who they are. But no longer! There is a rebellion taking place before our eyes. 

Don't believe me? Consider the recent headlines featuring rapper Lil Nas X, and how he's bravely confronting the issue head-on

No wonder young people are leaving the church in droves. But the job is not done yet.

There is Hope Yet

Thankfully, the ship is slowly but surely righting. America is less religious than ever, and the trendline is moving farther in that direction each year.

To truly forge a new path, a better path, in science and social justice, we must wean ourselves from the teat of faith. The great thinkers of the Age of Reason embraced modernity and made untold advances in the sciences, arts, and politics. It was an age of great change and high culture. 

It’s no mistake that the thinkers of the enlightenment specifically rejected religion, believing Christianity’s only use was easy control of the public and as shaky justification for endless wars. Is this all sounding familiar to you?

The sooner we turn our back on religion and all its trappings, the sooner America can enter a new Age of Enlightenment. I, for one, welcome it.


  1. Dave J's Avatar Dave J

    I have very little to add to this, other than to say, "YES!"

  1. James Pace's Avatar James Pace

    I can totally get behind this!

  1. Rev. Jonathan Peebles's Avatar Rev. Jonathan Peebles

    I am a very spiritual person myself but I never agree with Organized religion; we all must find out own belief system for sure and its good to see that despite what so many want to drill into me we are now a religion free country and no God should not be included if it is church vs state maybe just maybe swearing a bible, in god we trust, and one nation under god my eventually fade away so we are truly a free nation from religion all the way...

  1. Debra L. Derrick's Avatar Debra L. Derrick

    I agree with you 100%. What about the many other global religions, (not Christians) who likewise have some pretty scary fundamentalist beliefs? Many of those folks would just as soon kill you/us as give up their superstitious beliefs. The folks who refer to the rest of us us as infidels and worse? I am unable to see any end of the continued religious wars in sight, sadly for us as a species. Albeit a pretty primitive species. I would wish a prayer for us all, but this seems moot.

  1. Barry Weisenbach's Avatar Barry Weisenbach

    Very true.We need to realize that things happen for a reason.If no technical explanation, perhaps Karma.

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    It's about time. Just remember Mother Nature lives on.

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher


  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    It's about time! Mother Earth is not LGBTQ+ friendly. It's about time we all trust in science.

  1. Minister Carlos Ricardo Walls's Avatar Minister Carlos Ricardo Walls

    Fellow ministers bless all of you.We need to practice more love,tolerance and forgiveness.Truly follow and do the word of God's holy book.The Bible.

  1. John Norris Campbell's Avatar John Norris Campbell

    Religion is and has been man's idea of what pleases God. The Roman catholic Church has profited handsomely from keeping their congreation in the dark...keeping them in submission...and guilt. Totaly ignoring the Grace of God....going so far as to say salvation is only through their 'club'. Their "pope" Francis has already reserved a paticular place in reserved for leading many to hell.....I can only imagine that there is no ocean view....unless it's the ocean of the damned

  1. Johnny Mac 's Avatar Johnny Mac

    This is the kind of rubbish I expect from the unenlightened. Must you be reminded that what is a minute to us humans living on HIS creation may only be a second to him for our whole lives. And that his day back when he created the universe may have taken a hundred billion years of our time to do the first day! Or perhaps to create all the light, the land, the clouds and the animals that Adam named! Years mean nothing to GOD, you think millenniums do? You lifetime he blinks and your done. Organized religion runs amok when the pastor does not guide his flock? If the religion is bereft of guidance, it may not be the pastors, but the seminary that produced them. Man is infallible is a joke! I fail GOD everyday! I a sinner, repent for my sins each and every day. Don’t blaspheme calling for the abolishment of Organized Religion. We would better serve the church if we proved their waywardness and corrected that which is offensive to the FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT. Be not the Sadducees and Pharisees who cried for JESUS CHRIST to be crucified in this day and age. In Jeremiah Chapter 36 the King read a scroll and then cut it up and burned the pages until it was consumed. Jerimiah gave an empty scroll to a scribe and spake all the words of the destroyed scroll to him again that it might be preserved. GOD as my witness: woe to man who will destroy the word of GOD because he disagrees with it. I am praying for you all. In JESUS name I pray! Amen

    1. CB's Avatar CB

      Organized religion has its place! It is a great place from which to start your very own relationship with the Divine! If you find that a particular church/congregation is not working for you, go to a different one! We have to remember that Jesus did not intend to start an organized religion; His intention is for each one of us to see His Word in each of our hearts, and act from that, to live a positive and productive life, becoming more like Him; loving, caring, compassionate.

  1. Clifford's Avatar Clifford

    Amen to that. 🙏🏻 God created man. Man created Religion.

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Do you have any evidence that a deity created mankind? It’s my understanding that mankind has always created deities since they first believed the sun was a god. Since then, there have been many, thousands in fact. I’m sure you have atheistic views on all of those gods, except yours of course. Which one of them do you believe in?


  1. Clifford's Avatar Clifford

    But that doesn’t mean the temple is. It’s always been within..

  1. Woodrow's Avatar Woodrow

    The churches are closed because of pandemic. The ones that are open are growing in leaps and bounds.Christianity is alive and well.

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      You might be right, though I haven’t seen any empirical evidence of that.

      I did find from Pew research stating that the decline of religion continues at a rapid pace, as shown in my link, so I’m wondering where you are getting your information from.

      Thanks in advance.


      1. Woodrow's Avatar Woodrow

        That first report was 2019. I call B. S. on decline, BYITNOJ

        1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

          Ohhhh Lifeway Research! A religious organization...........Got it! Not exactly an unbiased organization then. Are they also associated with fake news CNN?

          Do you also read the Bible and believe everything in it without any evidence by any chance?


          1. Woodrow's Avatar Woodrow

            Do you believe that Jesus Christ is Lord?

            And you must listen to pew forum and CNN fake news.

            The Gospel is the real News.

            1. Woodrow's Avatar Woodrow


              1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

                Are we supposed to understand what BYITNOJ means?


              2. Woodrow's Avatar Woodrow

                No I don't. I thought you would never know. Bless you in the name of Jesus!

              3. Woodrow's Avatar Woodrow

                And also I know that PEW research is a religious organization.

              4. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

                Got it! Thank you.

                Bless you in the name of all little children dying of cancer.

            2. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

              Thank you for your question and the answer is I definitely do not think the biblical Jesus is Lord. In fact there is very little evidence he ever existed but there’s a good possibility he did, or someone like him did.

              To be honest I don’t know what a Lord really is. I’ve heard of Lord Krishna so I’m assuming it’s something like that.

              I hear he it’s suggested he is the brutal jealous angry God of the Old Testament, which of course is fiction, unless someone has demonstrable evidence to prove otherwise.

              No I am definitely not a supporter of CNN.

              As for what you suggest by saying that the gospel is the real news, I certainly hope not. It’s full of very poor morals, brutality, religious blackmail, death, and gore. Definitely not something for children.

              Thank you for your questions though.


              1. Woodrow's Avatar Woodrow

                Why would I listen to cnn? Or any network?

  1. Brien's Avatar Brien

    Christianity is not the only organized brainwashing group around. There are others that are just as bad. Organized religion is dying out because it no longer represents a more enlightened culture. Spiritualism is alive and well because it relates to a more broad base of people. Organized religions in general have a very narrow and closed minded view of the world and because of that younger people are simply moving beyond them. Peace

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