Polls are showing that the percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Christians has dropped ten points in the last two decades.
Naturally the polls vary, but the trend (as they say in the stock marked) is indisputable. Christianity in America is increasingly seen as irrelevant.
Of course, this trend is far more dramatic in most European countries that now have nearly totally empty churches. "Preaching to the choir" is what most Christian European churches are now quite literally doing.
One can only speculate about this trend, but surely it has to do with the identification of churches with the politics of war, particularly during the murder in the name of God Bush years and similar murder in the name of God policies of the Israeli lunatic fringe right wing. Naturally, Palestinian "holy warriors" simply reinforce the documented fact that religion has become a synonym of war mongering religious fanatics.
But, surely it also has to do with the sudden profusion of Armagendonties who are so intellectually challenged they actually believe the world (or is it the solar system, the local group, our galaxy -- no one seems to know the specifics about this) is scheduled to go *boom* any day now. George Bush shared this blatantly irrational belief and this identification of Christianity with loony tunes pushed many religious fence sitters into an intellectual contempt for institutionalized Christianity.
Anther plausible factor is the incalculable cowardice of most Christian churches (e.g., Catholicism) during the horror show Bush years when even barnyard animals knew Jesus was being re-re-re crucified (to borrow Christian jargon) by the satanic policies of psychopaths like Dick Cheney and his dufus hand puppet, George Bush.
Its one thing to play it cool and wait for a miracle, but Pope X, Y, or Z settled for trying to jam moral pontifications that were outdated in the 9th Century down the throats of American Catholics (for whom Rome has always had open contempt). This is like being in a home under attack by organized crime thugs, while the resident "priest", whose role in society could actually make a real difference, gives sermons in the bathroom about how this family needs to hand over all the core values and beliefs of the parents to this babbling coward in a dress.
In short, the Christian Churches have blown it, and blown it big. Basically, they have: