According to the findings of a new study by the Pew Research Center, Barack Obama's presidency between 2008 and 2016 was responsible for bringing about the U.S.'s most drastic decline ever in the faith and religion of its people, the Christian Today website reports today (January 17, 2017).
"When it comes to the nation's religious identity, the biggest trend during Obama's presidency is the rise of those who claim no religion at all," Pew president Michael Dimock pointed out.
He added, "Those who self-identify as atheists or agnostics, as well as those who say their religion is 'nothing in particular,' now make up nearly a quarter of the U.S. adult population, up from 16 percent in 2007."
President Obama was also a strong supporter of gay marriage, which is now legal throughout the United States, since the U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in 2015 legalizing same-sex union. That decision stunned the Christian community, with many of the largest religious institutions in America firmly opposing it on the ground that marriage is only for a man and woman as clearly defined in the Bible.