As the United States culture is shifting and the Democratic Party formally acknowledged the growth of the nones. Currently this is the only major political party in the country that has taken such action. As the culture becomes more secular the nones which stand at 23% will continue to grow. Where will the United States be in 2039?
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Philadelphia skyline from the base of City Hall
There was an important development in regards to the continuing secularization of the country that needed to be reported on. One of the fastest growing movements in the United States is a group of people who identify as the nones. The nones are not involved in religion and secular in their beliefs. The nones have been growing steadily over the last two decades. Currently they stand at 23% of the population and continue to grow. The nones are roughly the same size as white evangelicals. You can read more about this movement here. And in some parts of the United States it is even greater than the national average. Recently in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer they wrote about the nones and how they were much more prominent in Washington then the rest of the country. While 23% of the United States identifies with the nones, in Washington that number peaks at 32%. You can read more about this here.
Democratic National Committee Accepts the Nones
There have already been questions as to what the rise of the nones will mean for the Democratic Party. But something happened the other day that was even bigger than that news. This news I read in an email that I received from the Secular Coalition for America. On August 24, 2019 the Democratic National Committee embraced the non-religious for the first time. The Republican, Green and Libertarian Parties have not arrived at this point yet. The resolution that the Democratic National Committee recognizes states the following:
- The value, ethical soundness, and importance of the religiously unaffiliated demographic, a group of Americans who contribute in innumerable ways to the arts, sciences, medicine, business, law, the military, their communities, the success of the Party and prosperity of the Nation; and
- That religiously unaffiliated Americans are a group that, as much as any other, advocates for rational public policy based on sound science and universal humanistic values and should be represented, included, and heard by the Party.
This was not just an acknowledgement of this development but a formal change to the party. You can read the entire resolution below.
What Does this Mean Culturally for the United States?
As the United States moves in this direction the results will be profound. What can we see in twenty or thirty years? There will be less discrimination of non-religious individuals. The cultural, political and educational implications will be profound. For example will you see more movies, books and more that will be written from this perspective that one does not see today? What could it mean for our political system and government? If California still has 54 representatives in 2039 is it a strong possibility that 15% of those can be a part of the nones? Consider how that will influence legislation and more. By that time the evangelical culture wars will be greatly diminished. What about even sports culture? This afternoon I read on ESPN that former Dallas Cowboy player Ryan Russell came out as bi-sexual. That will have influence sports. Will you have more Arian Fosters and people who come out and say they are part of the nones? Will there be programs on ESPN in twenty years that talk about how over a third of the NFL football players don’t identify with anything? I could go on but i think you get my point Oh and if you want to read more about Arian Foster you can do so in, “Arian Foster Comes out on Openly Secular, Is he the Secular Answer to Tim Tebow?” It will be both fascinating and interesting to watch these developments play out over time. From my perspective the decline of fundamentalism is most welcome and the diminishing culture wars will be something to look forward.