In its study released Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, data shows an increase in the those with no religious affiliation, and a decline in the nation’s Protestant majority.
The report states those classified as “none” have gone from 15.3 per cent of American adults five years ago, to 19.6 per cent, and Protestants dropped from 53 per cent to 48 percent.
Several people in Main Plaza in front of San Fernando Cathedral said they’re not surprised.
“I think a lot of it has to do with the scandals that go on in churches and the fact that people are looking at the churches as being all about money,” said David Brown, a former Methodist but still considers himself “spiritual.”
A former Catholic, Bart Bird said, “I’m an atheist so it doesn’t bother me one way or another.”
Bird said he grew up as an altar boy, but later lost his faith.
“Actually, it’s probably pretty healthy that people get out of the church and worship on their own,” Bird said.
Brown said he agreed.
“You can pray and you can have religion and you can believe in God in your own house,” Brown said.
However, Meg Grant, who attends church, said she has seen attitudes change.
“In my own church, they’re having to do new and different things to reach out to a younger generation,” Grant said.
She said perhaps the trend will be reversed as more people struggle in a world that has grown increasingly troubled.
Grant said, “I would hope that would be solace that you could hold on to your faith and that would be a comfort.”