Thursday, July 22, 2004

The WASP America: now only WAS 

The United States passes an interesting cultural milestone sometime this year:

"The United States will lose its historic status as a majority-Protestant nation as early as this year, according to a national survey released yesterday.

"Between 1993 and 2002, the proportion of Americans who said they were Protestants fell from 63 percent to 52 percent after decades of stability, according to the study released by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago."
This is not to say that America is necessarily becoming less religious overall; while the study in question has found that "the number of Americans who said they had no religion rose from 9 percent in 1993 to 14 percent in 2002," another study, by Gallup, had found this number steady at 9%.

It's up to you my dear readers, particularly the American ones, to tell me what the implications will be. Less support for the right? Less interventionist foreign policy? Or, if the Protestantism is only bleeding from the established, liberal denominations, will there really be any noticeable change at all?

(By the way, contrary to the title of this post, I am aware that the US is, or is to become over the next few decades, neither majority W nor AS, which leaves WASP dwindling into nothing.)


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