It comes as no surprise that Connecticut is one of the least religious states in the country. We are after all in New England where education and wealth are relatively concentrated on the east coast. But it was a surprise to find out just how irreligious Connecticut is.
In a February 2016 analysis by Pew, Connecticut ranked 47th overall in markers or religiosity. That puts us damn near the bottom (pun intended).
And just this past February (2017) Gallup updated their poll on the nonreligious populations of each state and found that the nonreligious make up 41% of Connecticut’s populace; up 2% from last year.
Finally, the polls from the Barna Group has consistently labeled Hartford and New Haven as their least biblically-minded or most post-Christian cities in the country.
One other piece of information that Connecticut legislators need to keep in mind while holding (or desiring to continue holding) office in one of the least religious states in the country is that non-religious make up the largest "religious" voting blocs in the country.
One more salient piece of information that is always questioned is, “How many actual Atheists are there in the US?” Many religious folks would have you believe the number is very low. Pollsters put the number at a moderate 10% or less. However, many out Atheist would say the number is much higher. Indeed American Atheists President, David Silverman, has been saying that for years. In his recent book, “Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World,” Silverman argues that the number of true Atheists is much higher and that the reason the polls don’t show it is because of the cultural stigma surrounding the label. Now there may be some evidence to support that. In a recently published study researchers asked respondents to acknowledge personal statements about themselves such as; “I am a vegetarian,” or “I am a dog owner,” or “I believe in God,” without using the stigmatizing label. They found that the number of Atheists in America is probably closer to 26%.
Let that sink in for a minute.
More than one quarter of the people in the US could be Atheists. In Connecticut that number is probably much higher!
So you may be asking, "Why is the Secular Coalition for Connecticut here keeping vigilance on the wall that separates state and church in one of the least religious states in the country?" In the words of Elie Wiesel, "We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."