• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Religious Practice Alive and Well in America

    A new Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans are very or moderately religious, a statistic that bodes well for individual well-being and the health of civil society.

    The study found that four in 10 Americans believe that religion plays an important role in their daily lives and frequently attend religious services. In total, over two-thirds of Americans remain moderately or very religious, meaning they consider religion at least somewhat important or regularly attend worship services.

    Regular religious observance can have a positive impact on adolescent behavior, teen academic achievement, and maintaining an intact, married family. As research on Heritage’s FamilyFacts.org points out, teens who regularly practice their faith are at a decreased risk of using illicit drugs and engaging in sexual activity and tend to complete more years of schooling. Families who frequent worship services are more likely to enjoy lower levels of conflict, increased marital stability, and greater parental involvement. Religious belief and practice can even have a positive impact on adults’ mental and physical health, decreasing major depression and lowering cancer mortality risks.

    In addition, those who regularly attend religious services are more likely to volunteer and make charitable donations.

    Despite the positive effects of religious belief, recent government mandates and actions are increasingly antagonistic towards this role of faith in the public square. The Obama Administration persists in making divisive policies that ignore the importance of religious belief to American society, from arguing against religious hiring rights to limiting conscience protections to assaulting the religious liberty of Good Samaritans to work in accordance with their deeply held beliefs.

    Policymakers and national leaders should recognize the profoundly important role of religious belief and practice for sustaining families, increasing well-being, and promoting a robust civil society. Protecting the freedom of individuals and organizations to live out their faith in public ways—not trampling religious liberty through coercive government dictates—can ensure that more people enjoy the benefits of religious practice.

    Posted in Featured [slideshow_deploy]

    3 Responses to Religious Practice Alive and Well in America

    1. Sandy Caruso says:

      "Though communism is no longer a threat to the west…"??? Correction! Communism has been and always be a threat not only to the west but to the entire world. It's name has been changed however it is the same philosophy. In short….same candybar, different wrapper. Here in the USA, I believe it has transformed into the democratic party. The NEW name is socialism. The old adage "if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…" Unfortunately communism is alive and well here in the USA. The following is a story of a verbal exchange with the communist leader while visiting the USA accompanied by Ezra Taft Benson who was the Secretary of Agriculture during the Eisenhower administration

    2. Leon The Electrician says:

      Thank You, Sandy,
      It is outrageous that the government Disestablishes Religion in the name of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. They are establishing a new State Religion of Secular Humanism. If we get our Rights from God then disestablishing Religion is political suicide! Atheism is political suicide! Add that one to the list of Obama's Abuse Of Power! That list grows longer every day. Impeach (and don't forget RICO to get his fellow Communist Conspirators!

    3. Don Fass says:

      The biggest single reason that Faith IS declining in America is that p eople who claim to be Christians have a walk that do es NOT reflect Jesus, is not kind, tolerant, honest, works on one's own sin before targeting others or helps 'the least of these.' Christian media is also empty or political and does not overall teach the values of Jesus. Many pastors, even conservative ones, think American Christianity, both Pro testant and Catholic, is a disgrace…so don't blame Democrats or Liberals or independents.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.