There’s some new data out on religion in America—it’s even more on the decline.

In a recent article, Eastern Illinois University Professor Ryan Burge noted some fascinating findings from the Cooperative Election Study’s raw data.

Year after year, all generations are inching toward less and less religion in their lives. In 2008, 17% of Boomers were nonreligious—now it’s 26%. Over the same period, Gen X has gone from 25% to 35%, and Millennials from 33% to 44%.

Generation Z—Americans born after 1996—are the least religious generation in American history. 48.5% of them don’t identify with a religion, and 18% explicitly call themselves atheists or agnostics. That’s more than Catholics, at just 15%.

This is a seismic shift in American religion—and it’s good for us and our influence on society.

During the 2022 midterm elections, we swung some key races. “[Nonreligious Americans] are making their presence felt,” Associated Press journalist Peter Smith reported at the time. About four in five nonreligious people voted against abortion restrictions in referendums in Michigan and Kentucky, defeating these restrictions. And about the same percentage voted for Josh Shapiro, helping him beat self-described Christian nationalist Doug Mastriano 56% to 42%.

While these demographic changes favor us, we must not become apathetic. Christian nationalists are doing all they can to remake the law—and society itself—in their image.

That’s why it’s so important that we build our power—now. We must all step up and get involved to protect church-state separation and democracy itself from religious extremists.

You can do this.

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Nick Fish

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