you know what the fastest growing religion in
So what about other religious groups?
How did they fare according to the U.S. Religion Census?
Well, the following are some of the growth rates for major religious organizations from the year 2000 to the year 2010....
Evangelical Protestants: +1.7% (far behind the overall rate of population growth)
Mainline Protestants: -12.8% (an astounding decline)
But it was Islam that experienced the most explosive growth.
to Ihsan Bagby, a professor of Islamic Studies at the
According to this new census, there are now 2,106.
And these mega-mosques are not going unused. In some areas of the country, Islamic communities are experiencing absolutely explosive growth.
The following example comes from a recent USA Today article....
Muhammad Musri, president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, saw growth
explode by a whopping 473 percent in and around
said Muslim growth has been fueled by a wave of post-9/11 converts,
American-born children of immigrants having kids of their own, and jobs in the
booming medical industry. In central
lot of this growth is being fueled by immigration. A survey conducted by the
rapid influx of Muslims is reshaping communities all over
And all over the country many school districts are now changing their school calendars to observe Islamic holidays.
The following is from a Fox News article....
In Dearborn, Mich., where schools are closed on both the day before and the day of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the predominantly-Muslim football team has switched its two-a-day summer practice schedule to 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. during Ramadan, so that Muslim players -- who fast while the sun is up – won't be forced to practice in the heat without drinking water.
move received little backlash in
Islam is not the only non-Christian religion that is growing rapidly in
The latest U.S. Religion Census found that non-Christian groups grew by 32 percent overall from the year 2000 to the year 2010.
as I have written about previously, the decline of Christianity in
Back in 1990, one survey found that 86 percent of all Americans identified themselves as "Christian" of one sort or another.
By 2008, only 76 percent of all Americans identified themselves as "Christian" of one sort or another.
Meanwhile, atheism and the "not religious" are experiencing huge gains in numbers. For example, the U.S. Census Bureau says that the number of Americans with "no religion" more than doubled between 1990 and 2008.
Even many of those that still apply the label of "Christian" to themselves are not very committed. The latest U.S. Religion Census found that approximately 150 million Americans are not actively engaged with any religious community at all. That is nearly half of the population.
It is becoming less religious and it is becoming less Christian.