From IRISH CENTRAL:
According to a poll by Gallup International, Ireland now ranks among the top ten atheist nations worldwide, in a huge shift from the last poll in 2005. In the six years between polls, according to the results, one in five Irish set aside religion. In 2011, 23% said they considered themselves as not religious, and 13% as convinced atheists. When the same poll was conducted in 2005, 25% said they considered themselves as not religious, and 3% as convinced atheists. The 2011 poll results reflect a 22% drop in Irish identification as ‘religious’ in the six years between poll conduction, with a corresponding increase in the ‘not religious’ and ‘convinced atheist’ categories. The United States saw a 13% drop in identification as religious over the same period.
Well, I wonder what the reason for this is. The dualistic, Christian traditions, with their fear and loathing of the flesh which has resulted in widespread abuse, misogyny and homophobia, is going to do for the Christian faith. If only we had stuck to following the teaching of Jesus Christ there would have been a lot less violated children and a lot more people in the pews of our churches.