The “nones”, not affiliated with any branch of any religion, are a very diverse group. But, different religions and branches of the same religion also have little in common, and they form alliances for certain causes.
While it’s difficult to perceive of how nones would be united on something, it’s also good to remember Ronald Reagon’s observation, “Politics is a thing where what seems most unlikely often happens.”
Nones and the liberal branches of Christianity have many things in common. The two combined could constitute some 30 to 40 percent of the population. The question is, what would cause them to unite?
We are approaching a period in U. S. politics made for political junkies. With political turmoil is always religious turmoil as well. The event we can enjoy watching is the upcoming “sequestration”. This is a series of rather dramatic reductions in government spending.
Both political parties agree on one thing: Sequestration is the second best outcome to the circumstances they are in. Neither can obtain their first choice.
What plays out after sequestration will depend on what problems the news media focus’ on. We know news outlets, both liberal and conservative, like a specific kind of story. It is the story that projects emotion. I think stories of hardship that comes from sequestration will provide such emotion and tilt public opinion toward the liberal point of view.
This liberal view will unite, to some extent, the more secular nones.