A profound shift is taking place in this country. It has already taken place in much of Western Europe. It has also happened in Canada. It is just now that the United States is catching up. That shift is the movement away from Christianity in places where it was once dominant. For a whole variety of reasons those who claim to be Christian and those who affiliate with a particular church are slowly declining.
But there is a difference between what is happening in Europe and what is happening in North America. The difference is that in Europe there is still, even if vague, a dim memory of a pre-Christian past. Those of us in North America, at least those of us of European descent, have no such memory. Our collective memory does not include a time when we were not, at least in North America, Christian.