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  1. This is just my theory, but I think there is an association with why “Income inequality is greater in the United States than in any other democracy in the developed world.”

    My theory: If America were to become less religious, it would be a threat to the conservatives. America would begin to make more decisions based on what’s best for the people, instead of making decisions based on fear that “Christianity is under attack”.

  2. I see that Pew breaks down attitudes on religion according to age and education, but doesn’t include, (in that particular post), any economic demographic…how attitudes on religion might vary between rich and poor. America is a wealthy nation, but one marked by extreme income/wealth disparity during the years featured in the article. That might have something to do with contemporary attitudes on religiosity.

    The conundrum also brings to mind an article by Princeton historian Kevin M. Kruse in the NYT Sunday Review that traces the origins of our “Christian Nation” myth: A Christian Nation? Since When? (Rob Boston at AU’s Wall of Separation blog follows up here.) As our nation has grown more prosperous and successful, the influence of religion…and particularly Religion™…has become more comprehensive, more significant in our culture and our politics.

    Religion™ has become a commodity in America, like everything else. Commodification results in exploitation that increases a desire among consumers to obtain a share of that commodity to add to their personal portfolio. I see it as part of the Triumph of Corruption:

    Americans live in an economic order that tells us in a hundred daily ways that all choice, even political choice, is consumer choice, all efforts and relationships are investment, all rationality is economic rationality—and that democracy takes a back seat to markets.

    Having has become more important than doing.

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