Recently, there have been more articles making the case that liberal branches of Christianity are on the ascendency.
It is apparent that each generation in the U. S. is less religiously conservative than the previous one. Yet, the there is no way to predict that religious ideas will be dominated by the left.
Even though there is a lot of difference between Christians and among the many faith practices in the U. S., the left seems more scattered and uncohesive than the right. As generations pass, it may well be that the right will become even more homogeneous and the left less. Thus, when “religion” is referred to, it would be easier for the press to portray it as the religious right.
My experience, however, has led me to think the future of religion in the U. S. will be not only a struggle between the Christian right and left, but among many different faiths. I still marvel at how many religious texts were given me as gifts in this small midwestern city. There were a dozen or so. Surely, there are more religions in the City now than there were during my time as Mayor.
I don’t see evidence nonChristian people are less patriotic than Christians. But, it will be interesting to observe how religious people who are not Christian generalize about religion in the U. S.
Will they refer the U.S. as a “religious nation” as conservative Christians have done? Or, will they find the term “religious nation” a code phrase for discrimination against their faith?