Millennials, people aged 23 to 38, are not only leaving organized religion the signs are they aren’t coming back, according to polling reported on here by 538.

There are lots of reasons for this, but one undoubtedly is the poor example set by some professed religious people. They have disassociated morality from political belief. See evangelical support for Donald Trump.

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This could have political implications down the road, perhaps too late for me to see. Undoubtedly any wave will reach Arkansas last.

The pattern once was tidal. People would be raised in church, fall away, but come back as they grew older, married and had families. A new survey (by a conservative business group) indicates many are not returning (if they were ever there) for a variety of reasons, including the perceived irrelevance of religious institutions. Sound moral teachings are, after all, available outside church. The teaching of some churches — punitive and discriminatory in some cases — isn’t a lure for those raised outside the church from the beginning.

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