“Memo from the Middle” is an opinion column written by RGJ columnist Pat Hickey, a member of the Nevada Legislature from 1996 to 2016.
Conventional wisdom suggests there are two subjects never to be discussed around the holiday dinner table: politics and religion. It’s not Turkey Day yet, and I don’t mind occasionally breaking a few eggs to make an op-ed omelette.
Tradition aside — the problem for conventional political parties and established religious institutions alike is they are both experiencing a loss of active membership.
Just as voters are increasingly inclined to identify as independents, Americans say they are still spiritual — but not necessarily as religious. Apparently, “none of the above” is not just an option in voting booths in Nevada, it’s also becoming the choice for a growing number of worshipers, especially younger ones.
Looking at the dwindling membership numbers for both great institutions, it’s hard to deny.