Losing our religion: Fall of faith threatens America
Americans professing no religious affiliation are now nearly a quarter of the population, and as of this year they have overtaken Catholics and Protestants to become the single largest group on the religious landscape. It’s playing out in the pews, where church attendance is down, and it’s playing out more broadly in American public life, where those of faith — and particularly Christians — say they feel increasingly marginalized.
The Rev. Stephen M. Koeth, a Catholic priest and Ph.D. history candidate at Columbia University, was teaching a class one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermons that mentioned the road to Jericho. He found it striking that none of the students got the reference to the road, which is where the parable of the Good Samaritan takes place.
School civics classes teach that the Constitution guarantees the right to remain silent, freedom of speech, equal protection under the law, and a wall of separation between church and state.