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Christians Say the Darnedest Things: Michael Knowles Blames Society’s Ills on Atheism

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For the first time in history, atheists constitute the largest religious group in America. [All praise be to Loki.] According to the General Social Survey, the number of Americans who have no religion has increased 266% over the past three decades and now account for 23.1% of the population, just barely edging out Catholics and Evangelicals as the nation’s dominant faith. Mainline Protestant churches have suffered the greatest collapse, declining 62.5% since 1982 and now comprising just 10.8% of the U.S. population


As religiosity has declined, social ills have abounded. [Knowles plays loose with statistics, choosing to focus on single categories, and not Christianity as a whole. Christianity is still the dominant majority religion in America.] Nearly one in five American adults suffers from anxiety disorders, which now constitute the most common mental illness in the country. One in six Americans takes antidepressant drugs, a 65% surge over just 15 years. The problem is particularly acute among younger Americans. While depression diagnoses have increased 33% since 2013, that number is up 47% among Millennials and 63% among teenagers. Coincidentally, suicide rates among American teenagers have increased by 70% since 2006. American life expectancy declined again last year, as Americans continue to drug and kill themselves at record rates. [And the majority of these people profess to believe in the Christian God or some other transcendent being. Again, Knowles twists the data to fit his narrative: Atheists are destroying America.]

Social scientists have long since established the link between religiosity and life satisfaction. As social psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky observes, people who attend religious services several times each week are nearly twice as likely as those who worship less than once a month to describe themselves as “very happy.” Such psychologists simply state the obvious: the belief that God loves you and that you will live with him in eternity offers greater consolation than the view of death as a dirt nap that stiffens you into worm food. [In other words, better to believe a lie than to accept life as it is. No thanks.]


The misery epidemic threatens not merely American households but also our halls of power. The late Andrew Breitbart observed that politics is downstream of culture, and culture in turn is downstream of religion. “Cult” and “culture” are etymologically related, and a culture is defined by what it worships. A materialistic culture worships wealth; a licentious culture worships sex; a godly culture worships God. But “our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people,” as John Adams wrote to the Massachusetts militia in 1798. “It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

A miserable politics awaits us when the irreligious rot flows downstream. Who but God can help us now? [God is dead, so Knowles and others who think like him better figure out a way to work with non-Christians. God ain’t coming to save us. We alone have the power to “save” our society; the world. Humanism, not Christianity, is the way forward.]

— Michael Knowles, The Daily Wire, God Help Us: Atheism Becomes Largest Religion In U.S., April 8, 2019


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    No matter how well thought out a person’s arguments may be, if they think atheism is a religion, they don’t deserve even a moment of my time. Too stupid.

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    This guy definitely plays fast and loose with the statistics. Not all nones are atheists by any means and many may still be christians but dont want anything to do with organized religion and so check the none box anyway. While they may be now the largest single religious block, the nones really arent organized as a political voting block. As for why this group continues to grow at his groups expense, exhibit a is looking in a mirror and exhibit b is currently sitting in the white house grabbing the government by the pussy.

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    Being a “none” doesn’t mean one is an atheist.
    “Nonreligious” or atheism aren’t religions.
    People are seeking therapy for mental health for a lot of reasons.
    Correlation doesn’t imply causation.
    When 80% of evangelicals supported Trump, and a large number of people think negatively of Trump, is it any wonder that a lot of people think negatively of his supporters by association?

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    None doesn’t make one an atheist. I certainly do not have a religion ( I consider myself agnostic on the existence of god) but I really enjoy academic parapsychology so I suspect most atheists would not want me to be included with them. Be that as it may…..

    I think it would be good for all if “none” became the dominant view. That would make solving problems in a secular society so much easier for starters. Also it would help churches in my view deal with hypocrites. Many people go to church simply because of social pressure but really don’t care about the rules. Now if there was no social pressure then people would not be pressured into going to church; it would truly be voluntary. If it is truly voluntary then I suspect church members would be far better behaved and that would benefit us all. Also without having to worry about fighting for secular power churches could concentrate on what they should be serving the community in particular their fellow Christians.

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