The portion of Americans who don’t identify with any religious group has been creeping upwards in recent years, but now new survey data indicates they outnumber white evangelicals.
According to ABC News, there are now more Americans who express no religious affiliation (21%) than there are white evangelicals (13%):
Additionally, fewer people overall are claiming a protestant religious affiliation compared to those who claim no religious affiliation:
There’s a generation component to this as well. Millennials are increasingly more likely to avoid religious labels and state that they’re not affiliated with any religious denomination. They’re also more likely to hold liberal political views.
According to a Pew survey,
“47 percent of Generation X/millennial evangelicals (those born after 1964) favor gay marriage, compared with 26 percent of boomer and older evangelicals (those born between 1928 and 1964).”
Millennials in particular are more likely to favor legal status for undocumented immigrants:
“Younger white evangelical Protestants are considerably more supportive of giving legal status to illegal immigrants than their older counterparts. While nearly seven in ten (68%) white evangelical young adults say immigrants living in the country illegally should be allowed to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, fewer than six in ten (58%) white evangelical seniors say the same.”
We’ve seen this generational battle play out at evangelical Liberty University where Jerry Falwell Jr. horrified Liberty grads with his shameless, unwavering, vocal support of everything Trump does:
Liberty University grads were so disgusted by Falwell prostituting their faith for political power they wrote letters of protest and even started returning their diplomas. Falwell defended Trump’s abhorrent comments revealed in the Access Hollywood tape and his disgusting defense of the violent protesters at Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” rally where Heather Heyer lost her life.
If millennial flight from the evangelical movement continues, it could deplete a core member of the GOP coalition and alter the political landscape for generations. Hope it was worth it.