According to a study by the Pew Research Center last year, people who don’t identify with any particular religion are now the second largest “religious” group in most industrialized nations.
In this nation, the growing abandonment of organized religion is becoming more and more tangible, especially with young people. Reasons for the lack of religiosity vary, mostly boiling down to the unbelievability of stories that come from ancient texts. But as religion in the U.S. becomes more and more politicized, with a powerful contingent in Washington using the Bible as justification to legislate their version of morality, many see the moral hypocrisy of religious leaders and politicians as reason enough to abandon an institution that has an underwhelming track record.
This week, the Twitter hashtag #ImNotGoingToChurchBecause began trending, and most of the sentiments expressed were a perfect window into people’s changing attitudes.
Religious Right, take note:
— Orlando ✌ (@TeamLando) January 22, 2017
#ImNotGoingToChurchBecause I lost faith when I saw people use the religion to demean ,oppress and hurt others not like them.
— Jessica McCann (@JessicaMcCann17) January 22, 2017
— The Baxter Bean (@TheBaxterBean) January 22, 2017
#ImNotGoingToChurchBecause there has been 3000 Gods so far but only yours exists. The others are silly made up nonsense. But not yours.
— Katy Kinsey (@Kinsey_ka) January 22, 2017
The #ImNotGoingToChurchBecause is filled with a lot of people who lost their faith because people let them down, not God. Pretty sad
— Kenna of Sarasota (@kennaschott) January 22, 2017
#ImNotGoingToChurchBecause the wine is OK, but the crackers are awful
— Rob who? (@papermonkeynz) January 22, 2017
#ImNotGoingToChurchBecause I grew up the in the church and listened as hate was taught under the guise of love.
— Brad (@mr_brad_) January 22, 2017
#ImNotGoingToChurchBecause I'm still waiting for the almighty God to reveal why exactly he thinks 5 year olds should die of bone cancer.
— Amir (@amiraminiMD) January 22, 2017
— Jeff Duncan (@bbidunk) January 23, 2017
#imnotgoingtochurchbecause watching the religious right & conservatives the last 9 years has proven that religion offers no moral compass
— MyT_AfrodyT (@hi_pah) January 23, 2017
Naturally, some didn’t appreciate the hashtag:
There's an #ImNotGoingToChurchBecause hashtag..ugh this makes me sick.
— Greyson LaPlant (@Greyson_LaPlant) January 23, 2017
Heartbroken reading #ImNotGoingToChurchBecause. I'm so sorry if you've been hurt by a Christian, but don't give up on Jesus because of it.
— Zach Lambert (@ZachWLambert) January 23, 2017
— liv (@givmeaSLATERtot) January 22, 2017