|A woman prays at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles during "A Night of Hope,"|
an event hosted by Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen. | AP Photo
Clearer recognition of the bitter clinging from National Journal, which has done some of that reading & interpreting/reporting stuff, unlike POLITICO or WEB of EVIL:
Long the dominant group in American religious life, White Christians have fallen below a majority of the U.S. population—and they are moving to the right politically as they recede.
“After 2004, when George W. Bush was reelected, there was a lot of discussion about the Democrats’ ‘God problem,’ and the thinking was Democrats needed to close the religion gap,” says Gregory Smith, associate director of research at Pew. “But at the same time, we were watching this group of ‘nones’—unaffiliated with any religion—who were both growing in the population as a whole and voting very strongly Democratic. There has been less discussion of the Democrats’ religion problem since then.”