One in five Americans has no religion

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 4:05pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 8:29am

The fastest growing religion in the U.S. is made up of people with no religion at all, that is according to a Pew survey which shows that one in five Americans have no affiliation with a religious group.

Nancy Bowman is a parishioner at the Basilica of Our Lady in San Juan she says,
"The basic concept of religion is not in today's world because of the fast pace everyone carries in their life, it is just one of those things."

Dr. Steve Merino is a Sociology Professor at UTPA he explains we live in a new age and that it is no surprise our younger generation is less affiliated with church organizations. Merino says, "Today it is simply more acceptable to have no religion, to say that you aren't religious and that's okay."

The study also suggests more people were unhappy with their religion and left, meanwhile 88% of those who don't affiliate themselves with a church group, say they aren't looking.

According to the study 33-million Americans say they have no religious affiliation and 13-million of those say they identify themselves as either being atheist or agnostic.

On the other hand the Pew survey also found that 68%of those religiously unaffiliated say the believe in God, while 37% describe themselves as spiritual, but not religious.

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