San Francisco, Calif., Aug 30, 2019 / 15:00 pm
The Democratic National Committee last week passed a resolution recognizing so-called “nones” as “the largest religious group” in the party and warning of threats caused by “misplaced claims of ‘religious liberty.’”
At its annual summer meeting in San Francisco, California, the DNC passed a resolution on August 24 that recognizes the rise in the religiously-unaffiliated in the U.S., FoxNews.com reported.
The resolution says that the religiously unaffiliated have been marginalized from society and from politics, and notes the harm caused by the use of “religious liberty” against “the LGBT community, women, and ethnic and religious/nonreligious minorities” and others.
In a press release praising the decision, the Secular Coalition for America stated that, in passing the resolution, the DNC “embraced American nonbelievers for the first time” and that “they recognize the value of courting the largest, fastest growing religious demographic in the nation.”
The DNC’s resolution also claims that “the religiously unaffiliated demographic represents the largest religious group within the Democratic Party, growing from 19% in 2007 to one in three today.”
It calls the religiously-unaffiliated “a group that, as much as any other, advocates for rational public policy based on sound science and universal humanistic values.”
New research from Gallup has shown that the “nones,” or those with no religious affiliation, have increased along with declining church attendance; nearly one out of three Millennials now identifies with no religion.
Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, addressed the decision of an increasing number of young people to leave the Church at the bishops’ spring meeting in June.