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Seven in 10 Americans say religion as a whole is losing its influence on American life. This is a near-record high percentage since Gallup began asking the question more than 50 years ago.
According to the Gallup poll, released Wednesday, 54 percent of Americans say religion is "very important" in their lives, down slightly from the past two decades. Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans who say religion is "not very important" continues to edge upward and is currently at 20 percent.
Jane Russell the actress died yesterday and was described on the news as "deeply religious." Her fame as a "voluptuous" actress seemed in conflict to this description. I found this interview where she makes interesting points.
"Russell: Well it wasn't difficult in those days to be a Christian. (in Hollywood) In fact, most of the studio heads and everything were Republicans, not Democrats, and today, Hollywood is nothing like it was, when I was in there. It's just turned around. I used to go, with the chaplain of California, to Republican things, and people would say, "You're from Hollywood, what are you doing here?" And I said, "Listen, when I was in Hollywood, everything was absolutely different." And I have a funny saying that what I am is a mean-spirited narrow-minded right-wing conservative Christian bigot -- and I'm not bigoted about race at all, I am bigoted about those idiots that are trying to take the Ten Commandments off the wall [in courtrooms], the Bible out of school, and prayer even out of football games. So they just laugh and say, "Oh, well, you're one of us."" Interview
What is interesting is the "attitude" change of people such as those in Hollywood today.