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We're gonna -- other -- for politics.
I think -- -- -- for prayer and reflection.
Well that's President Obama in Florida today calling on Americans to pray.
For the victims of the Colorado shooting tragedy.
In such moments of tragedy and crisis.
We turn to prayer as -- people during -- White House briefing earlier this week in fact Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he's praying for rain and relief.
-- this country's worst drought in more than fifty years.
But it appears Americans are becoming less not more religious.
A -- he pew research survey has found that Americans are moving away from organized religion.
I just put this up on the board -- don't get to see this very often these days god and country biggest beer quite familiar refrain.
In our public lives it is become markedly less off we'll try to keep -- -- -- more frequently to sort of offset that.
But the pew research folks I'm 19% up 19% of Americans really want to five now describe themselves.
As having no religious.
We'll caught unaffiliated -- that.
Connection -- boy.
That's the highest ever by the way by comparison back in 1990.
That way saying agnostic -- that there were atheists are believed -- nothing in particular.
Not only that a new Gallup poll shows americans' confidence in organized religion has hit an all time low.
Today only 44% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in their church.
-- or organized religion 44%.
In their religion.
Back there in the mid seventies by the way it was 68%.
Were very -- You can see the trend it's -- and mean -- Christian churches are seeing a sharp decline.
In their membership some suggesting it's because they're becoming too liberal citing examples like the episcopal church -- -- lost more than 16% of its membership.
Since just 2000 earlier this month -- this -- church became the biggest church in this country.
To approve a provisional ripe for blessing gay unions and the ordination of transgender people.
But that churches alone other denominations that are generally more liberal than their evangelical counterpart by Presbyterians lutherans -- Also seeing a decline in membership.
This year the Presbyterian Church reported a more than 3%.
For the -- return.
And the look for church down one and a half percent.
I mean these are big numbers.
In one year the United Methodist Church down more than 1%.
I mean the list goes on.
And it's important understand.
That this is well while this trend is alarming it's dramatic.
It it is easy to forget and to lose sight of the fact with these dramatic figures behind me.
That we are still a very religious country Americans still overwhelmingly consider themselves.
To be a religious people in fact.
-- percent of all Americans say.
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