One must wonder about the efficacy of the UUA decision to invite more mainstream religion into the Unitarian church. At a time when non-believers are just beginning to carry the fight back to the religious right machine, the UUA is instead pandering to that same machine in order to become bigger, stronger, and more powerful.
If that is not bad enough, as Ray Bradley points out, the UUA has been consistently losing membership, as compared to the US population, since they began their project calling for the jesusification of the UUA, as this chart clearly shows. The UUA plan to make their association rich and powerful is failing miserably.
At the same time, the number of Americans that define themselves as churchless has been growing by leaps and bounds. Even if you use the conservative numbers from the ongoing Pew Research religion poll, the number of unbelievers has leaped up to nearly 20% of the US population while the UUA plan to bring more big-time religion into the church has completely fizzled.
It is conceivable that the UUA has lost more Humanist members than it has gained in Christian membership during this period. This is a clear situation in which the patient was perfectly well, yet the UUA decided to operate anyway. It would appear as if that operation has gone badly wrong, and the patient may well be dying, or at least getting significantly sicker.
If David Niose, in his new book Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans, is correct, the American Humanist, secular movement in the USA is on the verge of becoming a much larger voice of reason in American society and politics. His case is a good one, and worth looking at, as I am at the time of this writing. A review of the Niose book will appear in this space soon.
Meanwhile, all unbelievers need to take a close look at what we DO believe, and how much longer we need to put up with the Creationist, anti-Darwin, anti-Choice, anti-Science idiocy that characterizes the religious right, and which has taken over the Republican party during the last 30 years. The UUA apparently felt that the way to more power was believing the rhetoric of these enemies of the intellect and critical thought.
We need to show them, powerfully, that they are wrong.