In a new study of President Obama’s legacy, the Pew Research Center found that religious affiliation and practice dropped off dramatically during his two terms in the White House.
“When it comes to the nation’s religious identity, the biggest trend during Obama’s presidency is the rise of those who claim no religion at all,” Pew notes in a report released this week titled “How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency.”
When Barack Obama took office, those who identified as atheists or agnostics along with those who said their religion was “nothing in particular” totaled only 16 percent of the U.S. adult population. On leaving office 8 years later, the non-religious in America now make up nearly a quarter of the population.
That leads me to an observation and a conclusion, one that’s been brewing in my mind, and one waiting for the right segue to get it off of my tongue. And one that some of you aren’t going to like.
It is undeniable that atheism and the general universe of the non-religious is growing, we can see it in the data, and we can see it around us.
Now, here’s the thorny question: Why?
When presented this question, apologists for atheism will make a case something along the lines of people are getting more and more motivated by reason and are using that to break the religious chains of enslavement. Or some other case suggestive of speaking truth to power, or some fashion of rebellion.
Fine as far as it seems, but there’s a big but involved. I like big buts and I cannot lie.
People are not naturally inclined to rebellion, bucking the system, sticking it to the man, speaking truth to power, swimming against the stream. The natural habit of people is to conform, go with the system, stick with the man, speak power to truth, swim with the stream.
At the same time, as we know for a fact, atheism is growing.
So, put the two together, and what do you have?
If more and more people are becoming atheists, it’s because they sense that the stream is moving in that direction. They sense that being an atheist is a good way to get on the good side of power.
I’m about to make it really easy for you:
More and more people are becoming atheists because they are prostrating themselves to Jewish social and cultural power.
A favorite hobby horse phrase of atheists is that “atheism is unstoppable.” They’re half wrong and half right.
Jews are unstoppable.