Now this is a title that I like to see:
It’s interesting that while immigration debates usually focus on Hispanic Americans (and the bigotry against them that is unfortunately so common today), a recent Pew study found that Asians are immigrating here in larger numbers. And then there’s this:
Of all the Asian Americans surveyed by Pew, 26% are unaffiliated, 22% are Protestant, 19% are Catholic, 14% are Buddhist, 10% are Hindu, 4% are Muslim and 1% are Sikh. And when asked whether religion is very important in their lives, only 39% of Asian Americans say yes, well below the 58% figure for the U.S. public as a whole.
Woohoo! And is anyone shocked by the following?
This study also informed us that Asian Americans are wealthier and more highly educated than the U.S. population as a whole, and more likely to identify with the Democratic Party.
I would say if that does shock you, then either you haven’t been paying attention, or you’re a religious nut who will just ignore reality anyways. However, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Sociologists of religion have observed that immigrants often become more religious after arriving in the United States. So it could be that Chinese Americans, who are roughly half unaffiliated, will become more Christian or more Buddhist over time. But for now it seems that Asian immigration is doing more than making America wealthier, more educated, and more liberal.
It may also be making the United States less religious.
That first part shouldn’t be surprising. America as a whole is more religious, and has plenty of religious organizations that specifically target immigrants for conversion. Resist, my rational-minded Asian brothers and sisters! Don’t let them get their hooks on you! Remember, they don’t care about you as a person. They just want your money, your vote, and your precious, precious soul. And, in the case of the Catholics, your children.
This is great news all around, though. Hopefully an increase in secular-thinking Asian Americans can help blunt the effects of the religious right in this endlessly confused country. At the very last it increases the voting block of people who don’t want to hear politicians babble about what Jesus thinks is the best fiscal policy. (While ignoring that Jesus’ fiscal advice included things like “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s,” “Sell everything you have and give it to the poor,” and “It is harder for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”)
But, since this article appeared at CNN.com, it of course attracted some racist bigoted Christians to the comment section. I still can’t believe people consider CNN to be a “liberal” news source. They’re readership certainly doesn’t seem very liberal. Take this guy who calls himself “HeavenSent”, for instance:
Figures you would be a zipperhead lover. Non-believers not so smart and bad taste.
June 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm
We are losing our Christian values due to zipperheads, nigs and sp i cs.
June 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm
I don’t hate. I just know where their role and place is.
June 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm
Charming. And really, “Zipperhead”? I didn’t even realize people still used that racist slur. Are we back in 1970 all over again? But, then, I’m “not so smart and bad taste,” so maybe I’m just not hip to the most sophisticated, fashionable bigoted stupidity out there.
And then there’s Stone Age Fred, whose thinking might have seemed out of touch even to cavemen:
Atheists are powerless and they know they are thats why they hide.Troll the internet too
June 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm
I’ve long been of the opinion that disorganized, incoherent writing and speech reflect disorganized thinking. And I can’t help but notice that they often correlate with worldviews like this guy’s.
But the really nice part about this is that there’s nothing shitheads like HeavenSent and Stone Age Fred can do to stop the gradual secularization of society, to which Asian Americans are providing a wonderful contribution. They can throw their temper tantrums and toss their bah-bahs to the floor, but it will have no effect at all.
And it’s fun to mock them while they squirm and cry. 🙂