Church membership hits historic low

For the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans claim church membership.

The proportion of Americans who consider themselves members of a church, synagogue or mosque has dropped below 50 percent, according to a poll from Gallup released Monday. It is the first time that has happened since Gallup first asked the question in 1937, when church membership was 73 percent.

In recent years, research data has shown a seismic shift in the U.S. population away from religious institutions and toward general disaffiliation, a trend that analysts say could have major implications for politics, business and how Americans group themselves.

I don’t doubt there are people who will cluck and scowl and mourn the news, but I think it’s wonderful news. The Abrahamic narratives are false, one and all, and have caused slipshod thinking and human grief everywhere they’ve gone. Good riddance.

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