ABC News has a piece on the “stunning” number of young people who claim no religious affiliation. According to a new study, between 30 and 40 percent of young people (a term that’s not defined in the ABC report) claim no religious affiliation, while in the general population it’s between 5 and 10 percent.
What’s the cause? Here’s Harvard University professor Robert Putnam, the study’s author:
“Many of them are people who would otherwise be in church,” Putnam said. “They have the same attitidues <sic> and values as people who are in church, but they grew up in a period in which being religious meant being politically conservative, especially on social issues.”
Putnam says that in the past two decades, many young people began to view organized religion as a source of “intolerance and rigidity and doctrinaire political views,” and therefore stopped going to church.
And Republicans and conservative religious folks, you have the likes of Jerry Falwell to thank for that.