Reduced Religious Vitality, Our Nation, and the 2012 Election - Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD):
But the Sea of Faith is receding in America. We are hearing “its long, melancholy, withdrawing roar" (to quote Matthew Arnold). Its withdrawal is applauded by the “nones” (those without religious connections) and the more ardent secularists, who voted spectacularly for Obama. They want a public square denuded of religion and private life shaped by unfettered desire. Our weakened religious culture will produce virtue for some time yet, but how long before we tumble headlong into the abyss of our possibilities?