NORMAN — The pre-election about candidates and their religious leanings has begun. It reminds many of the whispers around the campaign of John F. Kennedy, a Roman Catholic candidate.
Now comes the Republican party, which has had Protestants on the ticket for a century with a Mormon at the top of the ticket and a Catholic running mate. A new study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life suggests fewer Americans claim religious identity.
In 1960, two in three Americans called themselves Protestants. That’s down now to less than half.
The study said nearly 20 percent of all Americans claim no religious identity. USA Today calls them “nones,” the second largest category behind Catholics. They outnumbers the top Protestant denomination.
A third of the “nones” are under 30. It may be similar to the political party affiliations where many of the younger voters register as Independents. They want to pick and choose from various religions, just as they pick and choose from various parties.