-In South 86% of the people believe in God
Nowadays the number of people who are leaving their religion is increasing rapidly. The reason is that terrorist attacks and religious conflicts are becoming more common in these days. I think especially September 11st attack influenced American people deeply and hurt them severely. Recent studies show that the following is the order of religious preferences in the USA: -Christianity 78.4%
-No religion 16.1%
(from Religion in the USA, Wikipedia the free encyclopedia)
Christianity is the largest religion in the USA. It was introduced during the period of European colonization. Christianity is divided into several groups: roughly 51.3% of Americans are Protestants, 23.9% are Catholics, and 1.7% are Mormons, and 1.6% to others. These branches of Christianity spread beyond the boundaries and now include multi-ethnic membership and parishes. No Religion category includes atheists, agnostics, humanists and others. Atheists are people who don`t believe in god and say there is no god. Agnostics are those who don`t know whether God is truly existing or not. And Humanists just believe in good life. Immigrants from Asia tend to say that they do not have religion. I guess they just don`t want to be in trouble because of religious things. Many Jews came from Eastern Europe during 19th century because Europeans didn’t accept their own religion, Judaism. Recently 25% of Jews are living in NYC. Buddhism was introduced to the USA by East Asians. First Buddhist temple was built in San Francisco in 1853 by Chinese Americas. 14th Dalai Lama made a big contribution to develop Buddhism in the USA by organizing missionary activities and establishing Buddhist institutions. Islam was introduced to the USA in the early 16th century. During last few years many African Americans are converting to Islam. American Muslims are more assimilated than Muslims in Europe. It is not clear exactly when Hinduism entered to the USA. “According to recent surveys, estimates for Hindus in the US suggest they number nearly 800 thousand people or about 0.4% of the total population. Hindu religion is growing in the US, not only thanks to immigration but also due many Western converts. Hinduism is expanding in popularity and influence on the public life. In 2004 the Hindu American Foundation - a national institution protecting rights the Hindu community of US – was founded.”...