The End of “Judeo-Christian” Hegemony?

Years of Education by Religious Identification: NIS

N Mean Std.Dev.
Jewish 99 16.0 3.5
Hindu 586 15.6 3.9
MainlineProt. 204 15.3 4.1
CatholicOther 960 14.4 3.9
OrthodoxChristian 725 13.8 4.3
Other Prot. 529 13.5 4.9
No Religion 912 13.4 5.0
Muslim 544 13.0 5.2
SectarianProt. 427 12.7 5.0
Buddhist 283 12.1 5.1
OtherReligion 193 11.6 5.2
Catholic 2784 11.2 5.4
Catholic Lat. Am. 1786 9.4 5.3
Total 7286 12.7 5.2

Most  discussions of the end of Christian hegemony in the US focus on the rise of secularism, which is certainly a good place to look, but observers in the know realize exactly where most of our secular checks on Christian fanaticism and hegemony have come from—they came from Jews sick of the Christianists shit. They were tired of having their kids be forced to pray to Jesus in their public schools. They were tired of being forced to pray to Jesus at public events, for legislative and judicial activity, for things for which religion should not matter, and which their Jewishness was relegated to a distinctive second class status. The ascendance of Jews in our economy certainly had a profound influence on removing religion from the public sphere. You know, try not to be like Hitler.

My former student Nadia Amin has some interesting new research on the educational attainment of immigrant groups, and one thing that glares from the data—and is also evident in the GSS—is that we now have a new elite religion on the horizon—and it hails from India and is distinctively outside of the “Judeo Christian” tradition. Hindus now vie with Jews for the top slot in educational attainment among immigrants—and they are nearly six times as prevalent among people who came to the US in the 00s and both NIS and GSS data show this. Hindu immigrants do suffer from a patriarchy problem, and while Hindu men exceed the attainments of mainline Protestant immigrants, Hindu women fall below them. Looking around most college campuses, I’m thinking maybe the second generation Hindu women are kicking ass (that’s an empirical question, however).

Table 3: Years of  Education by Gender and Religious Identification

Religious Affiliation Men Women
Jewish 16.83(15.77-17.88) 15.23(14.33-16.13)
Hindu 16.45(16.12-16.78) 14.17(13.58-14.76)
Mainline Protestant 15.70(14.92-16.49) 14.89(14.06-15.71)
Other Protestant 14.68(14.15-15.20) 12.37(11.75-12.99)
Orthodox Christian 14.35(13.95-14.76) 13.27(12.81-13.73)
Muslim 14.17(13.68-14.65) 11.65(10.92-12.39)
No Religion 13.62(13.19-14.05) 13.16(12.65-13.67)
Sectarian Protestant 13.28(12.58-13.98) 12.18(11.52-12.83)
Buddhist 13.13(12.31-13.94) 11.39(10.56-12.21)
Other Religion 13.08(12.06-14.11) 10.38(9.39-11.38)
Catholic 11.73(11.42-12.03)











Total 13.51(13.35-13.68) 11.96(11.79-12.13)

4 Responses to “The End of “Judeo-Christian” Hegemony?”

  1. schmielt Says:

    IS it ending? It seems like they’re louder and stronger and richer and more influential than ever.

  2. sherkat Says:

    It’ll be slow. But, immigration is catching up. About 19% of Americans are second or first generation immigrants, and that has held throughout the 20th Century. 64% of the immigrants are still Christians, but 38% are Catholic (most of them brown latin Americans who look nothing like Santorum), and only 9% are in traditional American-style Protestant denominations. The real key though is the high levels of educational attainment among distinctively non-Christian and non-“judeo christian” groups. Once they get tired of being shot by Christian terrorists and having their children taught that Jesus created the world in 7 days by ignorant Christians, they will likely mobilize—as the Jews did once they ascended the stratification hierarchy and we picked up highly educated immigrants fleeing Europe.

  3. schmielt Says:

    One more compelling reason to support immigration.

  4. darren Says:

    Absolutely, and we get the best of their people. Muslims who come to the US don’t do so because they think it is the great Satan. The Hindus who come here are not nationalist wackjobs. Buddhism is kind of interesting…refugee issues cloud the migration equation, but still the second and third generations of those groups will want freedom from radical Christianist hegemony—-even though their parents may be too docile to demand it.

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