Let Religious Freedom Ring

What portion of Americans age 18-29 are not affiliated with any religion?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What is the big story this chart tells?

  3. In your opinion, is the data from the chart good news?

  4. What is the most significant trend (changes, differences between age groups,etc) in the data?

  5. Describe the main cause of that trend.

  6. What is the most significant consequence of that trend on American politics?

  7. Which age group from the chart above did the Framers look most like?

  8. Which age group from the chart above do Republicans look most like?

  9. Which age group from the chart above do Democrats look most like?

  10. Draw a column on the chart for America age 0-17. Based on the trends from this chart above, what do you think this youngest group of Americans would look like religiously?

  11. Is the religious makeup of the U.S. Congress more similar to 18-29 year olds or to 50-64 year olds?

  12. Why do you think that is?

  13. If the Congress was as religiously diverse as young America (age 18-35) how would the policies it makes be different?

  14. How much does your classroom or your school look like the data in the chart for Americans age 18-29?

    Visual Extension

Learning Extension

Read this FiveThirtyEight piece on changing religious demographics in America

Action Extension

Print out the “Generational Shift” chart above. Research the religious demographics of your school or your town and draw in a column for that data on the chart. Post the chart in your school (bulletin board, school newspaper, on a poster in the hall) or online.

Random but wonderful bonus visuals

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Separated at Birth Extension

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