Here’s an interesting start to an article at Harry’s Place on religion and politics in the US:
Religions die in a number of ways. First, they can be put to the sword and flame: the fate of Zorastrianism at Alexander the Great’s hands. Second, they can go underground, as Marranos Jews did during the Inquisition (and, some might say, Zoroastrians did in Persia), until the hidden faith mutates in the minds of the forgetting generations into something only half understood. Third, in a liberal society, the children of the religious just find that they have better things to do with their time.
Good comment, but in the UK it’s not just the children of the religious that have better things to do with their time – it’s the self-professed religious these days!
The rest of the article is a bit patronising, but the start is good…