Protestants lose majority in US for first time; unaffiliated increase
LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Protestants, whose ideals of hard work, individualism and democratic governance have fundamentally shaped the national character, no longer make up a majority of Americans for the first time in history, according to a new study released Tuesday.
The study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that Protestants now make up 48 percent of Americans, compared to nearly two-thirds in the 1970s. The decline, concentrated among white members of both mainline and evangelical denominations, is amplified by an absence of Protestants on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republican presidential ticket for the first time.
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