3. The Atlantic: The Supreme Court Is Colliding With a Less-Religious America
While I was baptized and raised in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (although my dad and his family are Catholic) I have not considered myself religious for at least a decade. Generally, white Christian Americans are not in my social spheres. Sure, there are some but they are in the minority, and I seriously had to question if anyone I am close with would actively describe themselves as a Christian. I couldn’t think of one person.
While Americans are becoming increasingly less religious, the Supreme Court is taking on “religious liberty” cases with increased frequency, and the conservative majority of the court is ruling in the Christians’ favor. “White Americans who identified as Christians made up a majority of the nation’s population for most of its history—about two-thirds of the adult population as recently as the late 1990s,” writes Ronald Brownstein. “But sometime between 2010 and 2012, white Christians, for the first time, fell below majority status.” In spite of this, what is happening, as Rachel Laser, the president and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, explains in this article, “is this effort to turn religious freedom into religious privilege.” Robert P. Jones, the founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, speculates here that part of this is due to “the sense that something is sunsetting, something is ending … has set off the kind of feeling of vulnerability, feeling of persecution, feeling of grief, all these things. Trump didn’t create them, but he has stoked those worries and concerns.”