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America's Less Religious: Study Puts Some Blame On The Internet

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A computer scientist used statistical modeling to prove how America is losing its religion. Other factors: a drop in religious upbringing and an increase in college-level education.
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This article talks about religious disaffiliation, and three factors for which this increase in disaffiliation can be accounted. According to computer scientist Allen Downey, these three factors are: a drop in religious upbringing, an increase in college-level education, and finally the Internet. While this article doesn't speak explicitly about sports, or even mention sports at all, I found it intriguing because it touches on the rapidly decreasing population of religious affiliates in our country. Although our project is, in a more specific sense, about the religious role that sports play in our country, we really just want to prove that America's religious culture is in trouble, and it's evident that this drastic drop in religious affiliation cannot be attributed to simply one factor. 

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America remains among most positive countries on religion - Utica Observer Dispatch

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America remains among most positive countries on religion
Utica Observer Dispatch
America remains one of the world's most positive about the role of religion in everyday life, a new survey reveals.
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A net 43% of Americans said they think religion plays a positive roll in their country.  This is among the world's highest percentages.  Some countries such as Belgium, France, Denmark, and Spain all have negative percentages, meaning more people think religion plays a negative roll in their society.  Its point is that religion has some presence in America and people think at least somewhat highly of it, as it is reflected in our legal system and will likely not change any time soon.

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Fan gets a tattoo of UFC champ Jon Jones' face on his arm - FOXSports.com

Fan gets a tattoo of UFC champ Jon Jones' face on his arm - FOXSports.com | Do Americans value sports more than religion | Scoop.it
Fan gets a tattoo of UFC champ Jon Jones' face on his arm
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Jones, though, told FOX Sports earlier this week he doesn't mind those people so much, because of all the love he gets from the fans who do appreciate him.
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The article won't pull up anymore, but this is just an example of a very extreme fan and the lengths some people will go to support their favorite team or athlete.  This guy got a rather large tattoo of a UFC fighter named Jon Jones' face on his arm and it's only slightly strange...

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Let's go to the chapel, bro - New Zealand Herald

Let's go to the chapel, bro - New Zealand Herald | Do Americans value sports more than religion | Scoop.it

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Let's go to the chapel, bro
New Zealand Herald
People may say they're not religiously affiliated, but they're doing the church's work." When the ....
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This article talks about the struggle between culture and religion in New Zealand.  The culture is very tolerant and accepting of a sexually promiscuous, party, and rock n' roll atmosphere while most religions (specifically Christianity in the article) do not promote such activities and they are generally looked down upon. 

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Fast Facts about American Religion

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Fast Facts about American Religion offers quick information about US religious life based on the best social science research and focuses on clergy data, church and denominational growth and decline, megachurches, women in religion and other topics helpful to church leadership.
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About 20% of all Americans attend church on sunday and this number has been backed up by studies done in 2011. In 2012 membership in the top 25 churches was down 1.15 percent, which is not a very drastic change percentage-wise but equals around 16 million Americans. Median church attendance is 75 people on Sunday.

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A Fandom is like a Religion

Basically, a very rambling video about my experience with visiting The Field Museum and partaking in the Brain Scoop and setting forth the idea that a fandom...
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"A fandom has a dialect, a culture, and a media source". Religious people go to church or go on pilgrimages while sports fan go to games home or away. Not much separation between fandoms and religion because of similar characteristics and how each has very similar aspects and routines.

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Are sports our new religion?

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Church attendance is down, while devoted fandom is up.
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This article talks about how sports are on the rise while it seems religion may be decreasing a little. For example it says, "20 percent of Americans “claimed they had no religious preference,” compared with an unaffiliated population of 8 percent in 1990...Fifty years ago, just three in 10 Americans considered themselves sports fans. By 2012, that proportion exceeded six in 10". It also talks about how in some cases sports are replacing religion and that some people prefer to watch football than attend church. It does not fail to mention that many athletes show the public that they are religious.

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Tim Tebow and the Role of Religion in Sports | The Rubin Report - Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

Tim Tebow and the Role of Religion in Sports | The Rubin Report Beaver Dam Daily Citizen Dave Rubin and the panel discuss Tim Tebow, his signing to the Patriots and the role that religion plays in sports.Tim Tebow was recently signed to the...
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This video is by a few people who do a sports report type thing and talk about various topics.  They are discussing Tim Tebow and his religious affiliation and it was made around August of 2013.  Tebow is very public about being a Christian and although made fun of by some on social media, it is largely accepted and respected. They analysts propose the situation of a Muslim athlete who pulls out a rug to pray and how the American public would react compared to Tebow's actions.

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They Hook You When You're Young - New York Times

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They Hook You When You're Young
New York Times
Fandom is determined by a huge number of factors, like what team your father supports, but winning when boys are young stands out clearly in the data. ....
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This guy tried to determine how childhood events affected which teams people become fans of.  He decided to gather data from facebook and see how a team's success affects the number of fan's they receive and at what age fans are most impressionable.  The study concluded that men between the ages of 8 and 12 are most impressionable and more likely to pick a team, while age doesn't play as apparent a role for women. And when teams when championships, they hook more 8-12 year old boys for life than any other age group.

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Chris Kluwe: Almost easier to be a criminal than an atheist in NFL - Examiner.com

Chris Kluwe: Almost easier to be a criminal than an atheist in NFL - Examiner.com | Do Americans value sports more than religion | Scoop.it
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Chris Kluwe: Almost easier to be a criminal than an atheist in NFL
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And that makes people look at it and say, "You don't have to be religious to play sports. You can be who you are.
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This is an interview done with a former NFL punter for the Minnesota Vikings, Chris Kluwe.  Kluwe is a big public supporter of LGTB rights and he believes that the Vikings released him due to his feelings on the matter.  The interview is mostly about atheism in sports and how one doesn't have to be religious to play or enjoy sports.  They then discuss the ways in which atheism in sports might become more prevalent in future generations.

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No Surprise: 64% Of Americans Watch NFL Football; 73% of Men, 55% of Women

No Surprise: 64% Of Americans Watch NFL Football; 73% of Men, 55% of Women | Do Americans value sports more than religion | Scoop.it
Almost two thirds of U.S. adults say they currently watch NFL football (64%), including almost three quarters of men (73%) and over half of women (55%)
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64% of American adults watch football regurlary (73% men and 55% women). Most of these Americans watch it on their TV and watch between 1-5 hours per weeks. However, there are some Americans who watch between 5-10 hours, 10-15 hours, and over 16 hours, although these numbers decrease as the time spent watching increases. These numbers are interesting to compare with the church attendance numbers.

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Super Bowl Sunday is America's biggest religious holiday

Super Bowl Sunday is America's biggest religious holiday | Do Americans value sports more than religion | Scoop.it
A decline in formal religious participation makes this game the event of the year
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The super bowl operates as a major religious event. The only day Americans consume more food is on Thanksgiving. The super bowl has become an American tradition entrenched in society to such a great extent that even people who aren't football fans go to the party because "It's the Super Bowl". The overall hype of the super bowl rivals that of christmas with large preparations and parties.

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Palm-powered Protest (Matthew 21:1-11) - Huffington Post (blog)

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Palm-powered Protest (Matthew 21:1-11)
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Have you ever noticed that society allows fans to do things that, short of fandom, we would deem absolutely crazy? When do grown adults ...
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In olden times people gathered for religious purposes e.g. when Jesus entered Jerusalem there was a large gathering there. Now, not only do we gather for religious purposes, but also for sports games and protests. Sports gatherings bring out the crazy side of people as they paint their faces and bodies, yell at the top of their lungs, jump up and down in victory, and sulk in defeat. However, all these actions are acceptable and in general gatherings have evolved and my be more common for sporting events rather than religious purposes.

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