Study shows nearly 20% of Americans don’t affiliate with a religion

By Bridget Bennett, KSFY | A new study finds nearly 20 percent of Americans do not identify with any religion. 

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that the group of people who selected no religious affiliation on the study rose five percent from the 2007 study.  

Protestant numbers dropped five percent from 2007 while the number of people who identify as Catholic has stayed about the same since 1972.

Young adults account for the largest number of people who do not identify with any religion; about one third of 18 to 30 year olds do not identify with any religion.  

Josh Nankivel, the president of Siouxland Free thinkers, is an example of one Sioux Falls resident who doesn't identify with any specific religion.  

Nankivel grew up in Sunday School at a Lutheran church outside of Sioux Falls.  But like many people cited in the Pew study, Nankivel found himself asking a lot of questions. 

"There wasn't enough evidence for me to believe these things even thought I wanted to and tried to," Nankivel said. (View Full Article)

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