By Mourad Anouar
By Mourad Anouar
Morocco World News
Oklahoma City, May 3, 2012
Over the past decade, American Muslims outnumbered Jews for the first time in most of the Midwest and part of the South, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
Dale Jones, a researcher who worked on this study, confirmed that thanks to immigration and conversions, the number of Muslims has risen to 2.6 million in 2010 from 1 million in 2000.
Buddhism is also making significant increase too, especially in the Rocky Mountain States. “Based on some of the temple names, I think some of the upscale yuppie types are looking for something different than the church they grew up in,” said Jones who presented the report in Chicago.
And even though slowly, Evangelical Protestants are also growing to 50 million adherents in urban areas as the report confirmed.
Mormons, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day, grew by 45 percent to 6.1 million in 2010 and the Southern Baptist Convention held steady at 19.9 million over the decade according to the census of American religions.
On the other hand, the study pointed to the constant decline of most mainline churches, while, surprisingly, according to Jones, “Christians are the largest group in every state, but some of the things we found interesting was the growth of the Mormons, who reported the largest numerical gain in 26 states,”
The decline in adherents was also witnessed among a major religion such as Catholicism, which the census confirmed that the number of Catholics declined 5 percent to 58.9 million during the decade.
Answering the reasons for this loss among Catholics, Jones said “Catholics had the largest numeric decline,” including big losses in Maine where a priest abuse scandal came to light”
Other large faiths such the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church both lost 18 percent to 4.2 million and 4 percent to 9.9 million adherents respectively.
But the number of Muslims in America might be more than what this report presented. According to a survey by Pew Research Center, Muslims were estimated to be 2.6 million in 2010 and are expected to double to 6.2 million in 2030.
According to CAIR, council on American Islamic relations, there are an estimated 7 million Muslims in the United States.
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