National Press Club Discussion

On October 9, 2012, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club to explore the impact of the rise of the religiously unaffiliated—often called “the nones”—on politics. The discussion was based in part on a new joint survey by Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly and the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life which looked at the characteristics, beliefs and practices of the 46 million Americans who now describe themselves as not affiliated with any particular religion.

The panel featured Bob Abernethy, host and executive editor of Religion & Ethic NewsWeekly, Kim Lawton, managing editor of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Greg Smith, senior researcher at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Mike McCurry, veteran communications strategist and spokesperson, and Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Watch video excerpts of panelists discussing the survey findings and how the rise of the “nones” may challenge political parties.