Why the Protestant decline?

So the big Pew Forum study showed that only 51 percent of Americans identity themselves as Protestants these days.

The always-funny Onion asked some “ordinary people:”

Since the 1980s, the percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Protestant has dropped from two-thirds to just 51 percent. What do you think?

onion_front.jpgOne answer:

Katla Mirk,
Attorney at Law
“Then I’m really proud of my law firm’s commitment to diversity.”

And the second:

Bryan Goudiva,
Systems Analyst
“And that 1 percent edge is all I need to be self-righteous and judgmental.”

Oh, heck, here’s the third and last:

Sam Fischer,
Heating and Cooling Installer
“That’s because everyone started doing yoga and eating weird beans and stuff.”

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.