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The GOP's Secularism Problem - Is GOP Base To Blame For Americans Turn From Organized Religion?

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Image from a quicklink More Americans than ever are shunning their churches, fed up with the fusion of religion offered by conservatives. Is the GOP base to blame? There's been much angst on the right over the Republican Party's growing demographic problems, most memorably by GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said the party was running out of "angry white guys." But conservatives may be facing another demographic threat as well: declining religiosity, especially among the young. The latest sign came in a Pew study released last week that found that one in five American adults now claims no religion, and that 34 percent of those younger than 30 consider themselves irreligious. The GOP's own base may be partly to blame. The data echoes a landmark 2010 study, American Grace, which linked the new chilliness toward organized religion to the rise of the religious right...

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