Majority of Democrats Have No Religious Affiliation

2019 November 4
by bc3b

This should come as no surprise. Most Democrats have replaced Catholicism, Protestantism or Judaism with liberalism. If you look at the current crop of Democratic presidential candidates, Joe Biden is a nominal Catholic for whom liberalism always overrides Catholicism. Pete Buttigieg is an Episcopalian, but seems to view religion as an NGO that supports progressive causes. Mayor Pete accuses anyone who disagrees with him of being un-Christian. Homosexuality and abortion are sacraments in the Church of Mayor Pete. Bernie Sanders is a secular Jew. The rest of the field is likely nonpracticing Protestant, but they don’t mention religion. For them, big government has replaced religion.

Perhaps the most shocking thing is how fast the change has taken place.

In Obama’s first year in office, 68% of white Democrats described themselves as Christians, 7% claimed to be members of other faiths, and 24% said that they had no religious affiliation.

A decade later, only 47% of white Democrats call themselves Christians. 10% are members of other faiths, and 42% have no religion.

A majority of white Democrats have ceased to be Christian.

The Obama era transformed the country and the party. It’s often observed that the Democrats of the JFK era are not the Democrats of today. But forget 1961, an era that is receding into the shadows of history. The Democrats of 2019 are not the Democrats of 2009. We are a different nation because of it.

The results of the Pew survey are startling and yet unsurprising. They explain why the Democrat debate stage included a cult leader and a call to go after churches and synagogues that don’t back gay marriage.

Not even Obama would have proposed such a thing in 2009. But much has changed since then.

Obama was born in 1961. 67% of Generation X was Christian. Millennials are now a quarter of the electorate and they are evenly divided between Christians and non-Christians. Generation Z represents another 9% of the electorate and it’s been described as the least religious generation ever.

Beto O’Rourke’s proposals to confiscate guns or go after the tax-exempt status of traditional religious organizations only seem radical to older voters. They’re not radical to the younger voters he’s courting.

O’Rourke, Sanders, and Buttigieg all endorsed abortion until the moment of birth. As has been noted, this position is far more radical than the one Obama ran on. But so is the 2019 Democrat electorate.

While Buttigieg and Booker try to tap into lefty pseudo-religious politics, O’Rourke dispenses with the phony religion by appealing to the new rising demographics of the Democrats. And, despite the headline, those demographics are not only white. The decline among minority Democrats has not been as dramatic as among white Democrats, but the number of black Democrats who describe themselves as Christian still fell from 84% to 74% from 2009 to 2018-2019. Hispanic Christian identification among Democrats declined from 82% to 71%. Among Democrats as a whole, only 55% identify as Christian.

That’s down from 72% in 2009.

Generational shifts will see older, more religious Democrats making way for a new generation. Before long a majority of all Democrats will no longer identify as Christians or as religious believers.

The Democrats have not only adopted values that are fundamentally hostile to traditional religious believers, but the demographics show that they are living out those values. And, as Beto O’Rourke demonstrated, see less reason to hide them or to pay lip service to religiosity in an irreligious party.

At current rates, Catholics will form a larger share of the GOP than of the Democrats. Protestants, who made up 46% of the Democrats in 2009, have declined to 35%, falling from nearly half to a little over a third. 1 in 5 Democrats have never attended religious services.

Republicans and Democrats are no longer divided by their approach to religion, but by religion itself.

And this loss of any common set of values has tremendous implications for the conflicts tearing the country apart. Democrats and Republicans have less in common than they ever did before, including during the conflict that tore apart the country and left 620,000 men lying on the nation’s battlefields.

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  1. 2019 November 4 2:26 am
    bc3b permalink

    The sad thing is that Francis the Marxist and today’s US bishops seem to side with the secularists more frequently than with faithful Catholics and Church tradition.

  2. 2019 November 4 4:29 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “Majority of Democrats Have No Religious Affiliation”

    I dispute that. Half have climate change as a religion led by Pope Gore. The other half are pedophiles belonging to the religion of debauchery it appears. Oh and there is a slim group of narcissists that are called Democratic politicians.

  3. 2019 November 4 4:43 am
    drdog09 permalink

    This is what Warren’s ‘meme team’ is up against — — It is not even a contest. The flyers triggered a full grown man to Dean Wormer status and you should never go full Dean Wormer.

    Though this does suggest that memes now are changing. Best memes in the future will have a one-two punch. The first one to offer the bait, the second to set the hook.

  4. 2019 November 4 5:46 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    I’ve seen this acronym off and on for years in various comments: TWANLOC
    Those who are no longer our countrymen

  5. 2019 November 4 6:32 am
    drdog09 permalink


    No fairer description of AntiFA to ever be found….

    “Countrymen! the men who now invite you to surrender your rights into their hands, are the men who have let loose the merciless savages to riot in the blood of their brethren – who have dared to establish popery triumphant in our land – who have taught treachery to your slaves, and courted them to assassinate your wives and children.”

    –Samuel Adams, Aug 1776

  6. 2019 November 4 6:49 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Link with extended quote. Describes Prog philosophy of life to a T.
    the Atlantic has an article headlined “The Porch Pirate of [San Francisco’s] Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This: When a longtime resident started stealing her neighbors’ Amazon packages, she entered a vortex of smart cameras, Nextdoor rants, and cellphone surveillance.”

    Fairley relapsed on drugs, and the deliveries that were dropped daily on her neighbors’ porches caught her attention. At that point, she didn’t know about the cameras or Nextdoor. In the months that followed, the police would find a cache of the neighbors’ belongings and mail in her possession. Her sister told me that Fairley generally sold the packages “for a little bit of nothing, just to get high,” or ate any deliveries that contained food.

    She thought the packages would be replaced by Amazon and other senders, so her gain wouldn’t be her neighbors’ loss.

  7. 2019 November 4 7:35 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #3 – Since when did okay imply superiority? If the college president says it’s not okay to be white, he’s a racissst.

  8. 2019 November 4 8:17 am
    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #6 –

    It’s San Francisco. What’s not to believe? And since all the individual thefts were likely under $950, she won’t be charged with a felony.

  9. 2019 November 4 8:21 am
    drdog09 permalink


    That is exactly the point of the two memes that were on the campus. Neither one of them was by themselves racist. One had to have a mind already poisoned with the idea that racism is everywhere to even make that leap. The second about Islam is carefully worded. It is a trap equivalent to ‘when did you stop beating your wife’ about it. If you disagree with the statement you are an Islamaphobe. If you do agree you are an anti-feminist.

    Were I the folk that put the posters up my next move would be to put up a poster that says ‘Its ok to be black’. Then a week later, ‘Its ok to be yellow’. Go thru the whole color band of intersectionality week after week. Everyone will recognize the absurdity of it all except the college president.

  10. 2019 November 4 8:38 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Alex Jones maybe kooky — — But he does have a flair for the dramatic.

  11. 2019 November 4 8:42 am
    justrand permalink

    The Democrat Party is more and more Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic. They DEMAND that Israel shrink its borders more and more, “promising” that the Muslims will let them live in peace. Meanwhile the Muslims scream “Death to Israel” and “Death to the Jews” constantly.

    When the full horror of the Holocaust became known, the world cried (in nearly one voice) “Never Again!” But world has largely forgotten that once upon a time, not long ago, the Jews were very nearly exterminated. Those who scream “Death to the Jews” MEAN IT…they are NOT kidding, or just being rhetorical.

    Which brings me to stories like this:

  12. 2019 November 4 9:05 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Believe it….

    “This is a lesson that dissidents have to internalize. Many on this side of the divide are stuck in the past, with regards to the political landscape. They assume we live in a rule-based society, in which one can appeal to a neutral authority for relief when the Left violates the rules. If that world ever existed, it is long gone. We live in a soft authoritarianism, where the rules are whatever the people in power say they are at any point in time. It’s not rule of law. It is rule by left-wing fanatic.”

  13. 2019 November 4 10:01 am
    bc3b permalink

    justrand #11

    The Democrat Party is more and more Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic.

    Yet, 65%+ of Jews will vote Democratic.

  14. 2019 November 4 10:24 am

    Arabs are of a semitic people.

  15. 2019 November 4 10:38 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #12 –

    The key is for Trump and other Republicans (most of whom have no backbone) to convince voters of how extreme the Democratic Party has become.

    CNN and the rest of the media will do everything in their power to portray the Democrats as centrist.

  16. 2019 November 4 10:45 am
    bc3b permalink

    BJG College Football Standings – Thru Week 10

    fight on: 164-88 (season)/14-10 (week)
    TLS: 161-91/14-10
    MI Conservative: 156-96/13-11
    bc3b: 154-98/13-11
    Justrand: 148-104/14-10
    RJH: 138-114/11-13
    JimNorCal: 132-120/11-13

    Another tough week for everyone as Oregon State, UNC Charlotte, Miami (FL), Purdue, Boston College, UNC Charlotte and Virginia pull upsets.

  17. 2019 November 4 11:46 am
    drdog09 permalink

    If you live within the confines of the 2nd Circuit Court, be very afraid — — They have set the precedent that your tax papers held by your accountant or tax preparer are not inviolate.

  18. 2019 November 4 12:00 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Chicago Teachers Union details — — New contract.

    Whistling past the graveyard.

  19. 2019 November 4 1:19 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    We can hope …..

    “One British official with knowledge of Barr’s wish list presented to London commented that “it is like nothing we have come across before, they are basically asking, in quite robust terms, for help in doing a hatchet job on their own intelligence services””.

  20. 2019 November 4 3:02 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #18 –

    Chicago was able to succeed because it had a larger white taxpayer base than most major cities. It still does, but it is rapidly dwindling.

    The WSJ commented “Michelle Obama the other day complained that white people were leaving the city to escape minorities who are moving in. No, they’re fleeing Chicago’s high taxes and lousy schools—and so are minorities.”

    Very true. Many blacks have escaped to Chicago’s south suburbs. Cities like South Holland, Chicago Heights, Lansing, Park Forest and Lynwood have either become majority black or are on the path to becoming majority black. These were lily white (working class) when I moved to Chicago in the early 1980s. My wife’s sister’s family lived in Lansing 25 years ago and their son quarterbacked the Thornton Fractional South HS football team. Today the school is 65% black and my sister-in-law escaped to Indiana, a haven for many who have been dispossessed and for businesses desirous of escaping Chicago and Illinois high tax rates.

    Most of the whites remaining in the south suburbs are older people who are unable to relocate. For example Chicago Heights is pretty evenly split between blacks and whites, but its high school (Bloom) is 91% black or Hispanic and is rated 1 out of 10 by

    Chicago is still spending like it’s 1970 and the city still has a tax base of working class whites and blacks. Today Chicago is a socialist’s dream – no middle class, just upscale (about 100,000 – 250,000 white elites) on the north side and several million poor blacks and Hispanics on the south and west sides.

  21. 2019 November 4 5:22 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  22. 2019 November 4 5:38 pm
    Eph permalink


    You watching the U.S. Poker Open??
    Great stuff

  23. 2019 November 4 7:28 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    The only time I ever watched more than three minutes of poker was the night they had a sexy woman with a low-cut top who kept bending over to look at her cards.

  24. 2019 November 4 9:46 pm
    justrand permalink

    This has essentially been an Open Thread since drdog NAILED IT it comment #2

    I forgot to congratulate him on it! 🙂

  25. 2019 November 4 9:47 pm
    TLS permalink

    Completely o/t but isn’t it funny how the same people screaming and suing to stop Trump’s policy that immigrants must prove they can pay for their own healthcare are the same one who were screaming for the mandate that Americans MUST pay for healthcare under Obamacare? Immigrants want to be Americans and liberals want Americans have to buy healthcare by law.

    Yeah, I know, they want us to be the welfare state to the world, but I bet I could melt a few snowflakes with that query.

  26. 2019 November 5 1:26 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Good one, TLS!

  27. 2019 November 5 5:35 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #24 –

    At BJG every thread is an open thread.

  28. 2019 November 5 5:45 am
    bc3b permalink

    TLS #25 –

    If Democrats are anything, they are hypocritical. My only disagreement is that today’s immigrants necessarily want to be Americans. Many want to continue being Mexicans, Haitians,Somalis, Syrians, etc. while enjoying the benefits of living in the US. Multi-culturalism has replaced the melting pot.

  29. 2019 November 5 6:30 am
    bc3b permalink

    Where’s the outrage? Canada’s drinking water is worse than Flint’s:

  30. 2019 November 5 6:41 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    I think we’ve heard this before, though. MSM will refuse to cover it.

    Ryan Saavedra

    What James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas is dropping here in a few hours is probably the most explosive video they’ve ever released.
    Buckle your seat belt and grab the popcorn!

  31. 2019 November 5 6:45 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Interesting and a bit scary.
    But Mexico’s army lost to the cartel in their most recent battle. “Bring the troops home” and “Send them to Mexico”

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
    A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other, with the result being many great American people killed, including young children, and some missing. If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these…..
    ….monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively. The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!

  32. 2019 November 5 6:51 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Saw this shared on another blog.

    Two years ago, after speaking to a small religious group in Atlanta, my host drove me home but not before asking how I got along with my colleagues.

    “Just fine,” I answered, ”Emory is a good place, with mostly good people. Sure, they can’t understand how anyone could have supported Trump, but they never mistreat me.”

    “Wait,” he interrupted, ”they don’t get it?”

    “About Trump—no,” I said, “but that goes for just about any college campus you can name.”

    He didn’t hesitate: “Then it’s war.”

    He wasn’t excited, he wasn’t angry, just matter-of-fact. His logic was pat. If a political opponent won’t listen to you, if he considers your politics inexplicable, it isn’t so big a leap to judging you indecent, repugnant, deplorable. From there, yes, it’s war. Unless, of course, you give up before the fighting even starts, or you’ve become so accustomed to losing that you don’t even imagine that the winners despise you no matter how many times they beat you down.

  33. 2019 November 5 7:11 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    New Zealand gun confiscation hitting snags.
    Many boating accidents, “it being an island nation and all”

  34. 2019 November 5 7:19 am
    justrand permalink

    when it comes time to “water the Tree of Liberty”, I have a long list of candidates we can “water” it with…starting with THIS putz:

  35. 2019 November 5 9:06 am
    justrand permalink

    the New Zealand PM stated that there is NO “right” to bear arms there…it is a “privilege” granted or revoked by…THE GOVERNMENT!

    Several hundred thousand law abiding Kiwis are soon to be magically transformed into CRIMINALS by this insanity. And the Democrats are oh so eager to do that here. Molon Labe.

  36. 2019 November 5 9:45 am
    drdog09 permalink


    If we were smart…..

    “Several hundred thousand law abiding Kiwis are soon to be magically transformed into CRIMINALS …”

    should be —

    “Several hundred thousand law abiding Kiwis are soon to be magically transformed into US Citizens …”

    Side benefit is maybe they can bring the America’s Cup home once settle in here.

    Thanks for the positive note in #24.

  37. 2019 November 5 9:57 am
    drdog09 permalink

    It appears that ABC had the goods on Epstein AND Clinton 3 years ago — — ABC/Disney quashed it all.

    Ought to send this to the exwife with a note saying that Mickey ain’t bonking Minnie any more. Nah….

  38. 2019 November 5 10:01 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Damn shame. I think that is a P&G product. BC? BC??

  39. 2019 November 5 10:04 am
    bc3b permalink

    Man stabbed to death in dispute over Popeye’s chicken sandwich:

    I’m sure you won’t be surprised that Oxen Hill, MD is 74% black, less than 10% white.

  40. 2019 November 5 10:06 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #37 –

    Suppressing real news that harms its agenda is just as important to the media as reporting fake news that promotes it.

  41. 2019 November 5 10:11 am
    drdog09 permalink

    To Donald Trump, the Washington press corps is a backwaters operation.
    — Don Surber

  42. 2019 November 5 10:14 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #38 –

    P&G sold off all their food/food-related brands. They once owned Pringles, Jif peanut butter, Eagle snacks, Sunny D, Duncan Hines cake mixes, Folgers and Crisco.

  43. 2019 November 5 12:14 pm
    Eph permalink


    You going to have an election night thread later?

  44. 2019 November 5 12:17 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    Let’s figure 7:30. All I have to vote for is the mayor, city council, school board and school millage.

  45. 2019 November 5 3:24 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  46. 2019 November 5 3:50 pm

    A twofer~~ If you did what they wanted via global warming , the result would be a billion or so dying from the aftermath of turning back the clock to the 17th century.

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