Good news for gay atheists

Your numbers and the numbers of those who accept you are on the rise.

According to a new report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the gap on some issues has widened into a chasm, notably on issues related to gay rights and tolerance.

“Young people are more accepting of homosexuality and evolution than are older people. They are also more comfortable with having a bigger government, and they are less concerned about Hollywood threatening their values,” said the report, which was released on Wednesday.

The report also found “Millennials” (aged 18-29) were far more likely than their elders from “Generation X” and the “Baby Boom” to be unaffiliated with a specific faith. Generation X was born between 1965 and 1980, Baby Boomers from 1946 to 1964.

While I fully plan on lamenting later generations as I grow older, I like to take advantage of earlier generations still being around to do the same thing to them*. Because really, Baby Boomers and Gen X really fucked a lot of stuff up, the least of which might be their slow come-around on social morality.

The number of those 18-29 who accept homosexuality (and presumably same-sex marriage, by and large) nearly double up the rickety old fogies who reject it (63 to 35 percent).

Those without any particular faith go from 13% for Baby Boomers to 25% for the 18-29 group. Unfortunately, this doesn’t fully translate into better acceptance of the fact of evolution. Only 55% of my generation accepts it while 47% of all other older groups accept it. (Incidentally, these numbers seem to be higher overall than what commonly gets touted.) One reason may be that while religion is obviously the primary root for ruining the thinking parts of people, the poor focus on science education is also to blame here. Of course, with the older generations making most of the policy decisions and passing most of the terrible laws, it’s not surprise the younger generations have been harmed.

And while this still seems like a generally positive trend, that may not be the case.

But in other ways American Millennials are not so radically different in their religious beliefs.

“Though young adults pray less often than their elders do today, the number of young adults who say they pray every day rivals the portion of young people who said the same in prior decades,” the report said.

“This suggests that some of the religious differences between younger and older Americans today are not entirely generational but result in part from people’s tendency to place greater emphasis on religion as they age,” it noted.

Credulity is as much a trait of the very old as it is the very young, it would seem.

*Of course, I don’t restrict myself from yet again doing the same when it comes to my own generation. Maybe it’s just humanity.

12 Responses

  1. Because really, Baby Boomers and Gen X really fucked a lot of stuff up

    Social morality though? Is that a problem you want to lay at we Boomer atheists? Boomers in general, yes. ( I got my own crap to admit to, so I’ll let some GenX-er answer for their “sins”.)

    As I explained elsewhere, today’s youth has a lot to be pissed about. Just as we libs were patting ourselves on the back because the rivers weren’t catching on fire any more, and lynchings were hidden better, we kinda kicked back and watched our comrades make a beeline for Wall St.

    Meanwhile, the Republicans were just gearing up for major warfare; A battle we lefties just couldn’t believe the American public would decide was legitimate. How, after all we’d done to clean up the environment, could the average citizen choose to go with trickle-down economics when it even sounded far-fetched? Articles in the paper’s op-ed section bashing The Sierra Club? No one takes that seriously, in 1980, do they? Don’t they remember…

    We sat there amazed, not getting up and taking off our coats for the fight we needed to have. And Greed became Good.

    ( That’s about where I quit giving a shit, dropped outta school and went to work union. And drink myself to sleep for almost 30 years. Now I don’t drink, but I sure wish I did so I’d not have to face how little I and mine did for society’s benefit. )

    Trying to make amends, but I sure lost a lot of time.

  2. Uh, that s/b 20years of drinking. It just seemed like, well no, it seemed like just yesterday. hehehe.

  3. This isn’t the first time a generation has supposedly been more liberal and progressive; the kids of the ’60s were far more radical and leftist then the ‘Millennials’ probably have the ambition to be. They messed things up because they were morally permissive, not because they weren’t.

    By and large, younger people are almost always more liberal than older people, primarily because they are far more stupid.

  4. By and large, younger people are almost always more liberal than older people, primarily because they are far more stupid.

    Why you gotta rip us older folks like that? Or, conversely;

    What are you…like twelve years old?

    I went to your “site”; I’m goin’ with the second one.

  5. The last decade was brought to you by my fellow Gen-Xers in collusion with the Boomers. It’s only going to get worse as my generation take the reigns completely away from the Boomers in the next decade.

    I’d apologize, but I am (and always was) one of the godless-atheist-gay-rights-supporting minority born at the tail end of Gen-X.

    It wasn’t my fault!!

    I have to say though, that I don’t have much faith in the millennials. I’m in the unfortunate position of being a thirty two year old college freshman. I’m surrounded by your peers daily. I’m not reassured, to say the least.

  6. Why you gotta rip us older folks like that? Or, conversely;

    What are you…like twelve years old?

    I went to your “site”; I’m goin’ with the second one.

    I am not sure how to address the general incoherence of this post?

  7. Why would someone whose post was basically “liberals are poopy-heads” think they deserve anything, coherent or otherwise?

  8. Why would someone whose post was basically “liberals are poopy-heads” think they deserve anything, coherent or otherwise?

    I didn’t say liberals were poopy-heads; I said youths are generally not all that bright, so their political choices aren’t something to get excited about.

    As a previous liberal myself (Marxist, actually) I am more than familiar with such foolishness.

  9. “I didn’t say that liberals were poopy-heads; I said that if a young person is liberal, then that proves that they’re stupid.”

  10. “I didn’t say that liberals were poopy-heads; I said that if a young person is liberal, then that proves that they’re stupid.”

    Well yes, it can be stated that way, and while that is generally true, I think a more nuanced statement might be, “youths are naive and lacking wisdom, therefore they gravitate toward Pollyannaish visions of the way the world works and so embrace the politics of liberalism and socialism.”

    Thankfully, some of them grow out of it and go on to lead worthwhile lives.

  11. Well, thanks for filling me in, partner. Have a great go fuck yourself, jackass.

  12. Well, thanks for filling me in, partner. Have a great go fuck yourself, jackass

    Many blessings on you and yours today.

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