In the early days of Barack Obama’s emergence onto the national political scene, the talk of Obama as the new messiah was eerily prevalent. As The Daily Caller noted in an article in November 2014, starry-eyed pundits, political commentators, and entertainers on the left gushed about the near-religious zeal exhibited by fawning Obama followers.
In its summary of some of the more exuberant descriptions of Obama’s supposedly transformative ascension to power, The Daily Caller piece was certainly not in the “Obama as Messiah” camp, as it presented “a fond tribute to those halcyon times when a bunch of dupes waxed ridiculously about Obama as if he was some kind of worship-worthy deity, not a crappy leader with no experience.”
On the extreme end of giddy gushiness was the Newsweek cover for Obama’s 2013 inauguration that characterized the president’s second term as “The Second Coming.”
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Now, it turns out, as Obama’s image as a change agent of religious bearing was being promoted in leftist circles, a real change has been taking place in America with regard to the population’s affiliations with organized religions. Reporting on a new Pew Research Center survey on religion and public life, The Washington Post observes that “Americans are increasingly identifying themselves as religiously unaffiliated. Since 2007, the number of Americans who don’t identify with a religious tradition rose from 16.1 to 22.8 percent — the biggest change of any group that Pew studied.”
Of the new survey, USA Today notes: “The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago.” In other words, during the period when Barack Obama has played a major role on the national stage, more and more people have turned away from traditional religions. While most people who say they are religious still list Christianity as their faith, USA Today says there’s a fast-growing segment of the population that is not affiliated.
Atheists and agnostics have nearly doubled their share of the religious marketplace, and overall indifference to religion of any sort is rising as well. Only the historically black Protestant churches have held a steady grip through the years of change.
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As for the percentage of Americans who say they are Christians, the Pew survey reportedly found a significant decline in virtually all demographic groups over a seven-year span.
“The percentage of people who describe themselves as Christians fell about 8 points — from 78.4% to 70.6%.”
A noteworthy reason for the decline among the ranks of Christians, says the USA Today report — especially the dramatic decline among evangelicals and Catholics — has much to do with politics and the success Obama and the left have enjoyed in marginalizing, even demonizing, conservatives. Socilogist Mike Hout, interviewed by USA Today, observes: “Many of today’s formerly faithful left conservative evangelical or Catholic denominations because ‘they saw them align with a conservative political agenda and they don’t want to be identified with that,’ Hout said.”
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