The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, according to a new Gallup poll. Among major demographic groups, the biggest drops were recorded among Democrats and Hispanics. Gallup said church membership was 70% in 1999 — and close to or higher than that figure for most of the 20th century. Since 1999, the figure has fallen steadily, while the percentage of U.S. adults with no religious affiliation has jumped from 8% to 19%. Among Americans identifying with a particular religion, there was a sharp drop in church membership among Catholics — dropping from 76% to 63% over the past two decades as the church was buffeted by clergy sex-abuse scandals. Membership among Protestants dropped from 73% to 67% percent over the same period. Among Hispanic Americans, church membership dropped from 68% to 45% since 2000, a much bigger decline than for … [Read more...] about Church Membership in US Plummets Over Past 20 Years: Poll
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David Crary, Ap National Writer Updated 4:43 am CDT, Thursday, April 18, 2019 FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, contrails from jets glow pink as they are illuminated by the setting sun in the skies beyond a church in Kansas. According to a Gallup poll released on Thursday, April 18, 2019, the percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year. less FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, contrails from jets glow pink as they are illuminated by the setting sun in the skies beyond a church in Kansas. According to a Gallup poll released on ... more Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years
SAN DIEGO — Several asylum seekers who are being forced to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration court told a judge Tuesday that they are afraid to return to Mexico as they await their next hearing — a development that introduces a new wrinkle to a major U.S. policy shift. The seven cases being heard in a downtown San Diego courtroom are among the first to advance under the Trump administration policy that calls for people seeking asylum in the U.S. to be held in Mexico. The initial appearances came three days before a federal judge in San Francisco is set to hear arguments by advocacy groups to halt the policy. Attorney Robyn Barnard asked for access — at least by telephone — to any interviews conducted with her Honduran client with U.S. officials about whether his fears of returning to Mexico are well-founded. Jason Aguilar, an attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, didn't object but deferred the request to other … [Read more...] about Asylum seekers waiting in Mexico seek to stay in US
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By Kelli Skye Fadroski | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: October 29, 2018 at 9:16 am | UPDATED: October 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm For those that are quick to quip that punk rock is dead, the inaugural Surf City Blitz just gave them a big ‘ol finger as 40,000 fans showed to take in sets by The Offspring, Pennywise, Bad Religion, Rancid, Social Distortion and more at Huntington State Beach over the weekend. The sold-out festival attracted fans of all-ages, who partied hard during day one where The Offspring topped the line-up and many returned for more on Sunday with Social Distortion leading the charge. Held in conjunction with the Roland Sands Moto Beach Classic, the KLOS 95.5/FM sponsored Surf City Blitz was filled with adrenaline. From the moshing to the racing, the event served as a massive punk rock family reunion with bands on the bill that are proudly celebrating two, three or in some cases, four decades of making loud and unruly music in the great … [Read more...] about Surf City Blitz comes to a roaring close with Social Distortion, Rancid, Bad Religion in Huntington Beach