citizens responds "none" when asked which religion he or she affiliates with, all nine U.S.
The important legal reasons for appointment of a none to the Supreme Court can be summed up by the observation that religious justices have demonstrated an utter lack of understanding of the none perspective.
The most important problem with this ruling (and one that a none justice might have emphasized) is that it ignores the negative implications of requiring the government (and therefore taxpayers) to pay for employees' contraception when corporate employers won't foot the bill on religious grounds.
A "none" justice would be able to drive home the broader point that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, on which the Hobby Lobby decision rested, is an unconstitutional attempt to interpret the Constitution so that it grants privileges that the Establishment Clause prohibits.
Having a none on the Court could force the majority to address the fact that they claim to speak for those with no religious affiliation without knowing what they're talking about.
A none justice is also needed so that the Supreme Court's decisions better reflect the concerns of nonreligious Americans regarding the posting or recitation of religious creeds.
The demographic analysis presented in Part 1 of this article (FREE INQUIRY, December 2003/January 2004) poses, rather than answers, what we might call the question of causality: Why did the "Nones"--that is, the minority reporting no religious preference on major social surveys--rise so precipitously around the turn of the twenty-first century?
The much-better-quality data documenting the rise of the Nones in the 1990s have been expertly analyzed by Michael Hout and Claude S.
Figure 2 does not by itself reveal the increasing tendency for persons reared as Nones to remain so in adult hood.
At the opposite extreme is the comparison fur the Nones: there were 4.6 + 16.6 = 21.2 moves, resulting in a net gain of 12.0 million.
While only a minority of the Nones can be described as the fully committed secularists we might wish they were, the evidence suggests that many more would be susceptible to some of the appeals that the community of reason can offer.
The three right-hand columns of the table deal with the origins of the recruits to the None category, and the destinations of those leaving it.