Right-wing evangelicals are to blame for the sharp decline in Christians: survey

Evangelical Christian girl (Photo: Screen capture of Jesus Camp)
If there’s one thing the Millennial Generation is known for, it’s their love of everyone regardless of their differences. Perhaps that is why they see the turn Christianity has taken to intolerance and has become far too conservative.

Sarah K. Burris | RAWSTORY

A poll from the Public Religion Research Institute revealed that the recent decline in people describing themselves as a particular religion, the Daily Beast cited.

The generation born between 1980 and 2000 is the most diverse generation in history and was raised during the rise of the LGBT rights movement and strive for equality. So, seeing anti-choice, anti-LGBT white evangelicals co-opting Christianity and supporting President Donald Trump to the tune of 75 percent, isn’t exactly good for the religion’s branding.

According to surveys by the Pew Foundation, 23 percent of Generation X (born before millennials in 1965-1980) claim no religious affiliation. That number shoots up to 34 percent of older millennials (born between 1981-1989). It’s even higher, 36 percent for younger millennials (born between 1990 and 1996). The Washington Post conducted their own survey in 2017 that had similar results.

The shift didn’t happen with Trump, however. There was a time that former President Bill Clinton had a strong relationship with the late Rev. Billy Graham, whose son Franklin Graham has taken his father’s somewhat compassionate conservatism and turned it into rants about morality while justifying Trump’s adultery.

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