Wicca: America’s Fastest Growing Religion

(Seen on ‘s LJ)

A survey on religious identification in the US. Fairly interesting, especially this bit:

“The fastest growing religion (in terms of percentage) is Wicca — a Neopagan religion that is sometimes referred to as Witchcraft. Numbers of adherents went from 8,000 in 1990 to 134,000 in 2001. Their numbers of adherents are doubling about every 30 months.”

The survey points out that figuring numbers on the pagan population is notoriously difficult, as it is an “underground” religion, whose proponents often keep a very low profile to avoid attacks from an uninformed public….so in other words, the numbers above are most likely lower than actual figures.

Also interesting to note a 9.7% drop in those identifying as Christians over the past 11 years.

An Open Letter to Conservative Readers

On the comments of a recent entry, a conservative reader posted the following:

“If you want a certain opinion or state of political flavor only posting to your website then you should make that clear. I respect your ability to make roleplaying games and I enjoy your LJ when I can. That being said if my political leanings are enough to earn ridicule on this board then I should think there is nothing worthwhile here to read about.

So, I’m posting this to “make that clear.”

I have to live with you people every day. Your policies destroying what this country once was, your social and religious views dragging us back to the Middle Ages, and your all-but-open declaration of war upon intellectuals. I don’t think, therefore, it’s unreasonable for me to behave as I wish in my own journal.

If you don’t like it, you can do what you tell liberals to do: Shut the fuck up and live with it.

I have no respect for conservatives of any stripe. Moderates are welcome, if they still exist.

If you can’t live with that, if you would prefer that I limit my posts to Roleplaying Games, movies, books and other items of Geek Interest, too goddamned bad. There’s the door, don’t let it hit you in the ass on the way out.