The rise of atheism and agnosticism is drawing new adherents from across the United States, according to a survey.
Atheism is now the fastest growing religion in America, according a survey by the Pew Research Center released on Tuesday.
Atheists now make up 6.4% of the population, according the study.
Atheist was the top growing religion among millennials, with about one in five millennials saying they identify as an atheist.
The rise is partly due to the increased attention the faith has received since President Donald Trump declared a moratorium on all federal funding for public schools in 2017.
Many young people now consider atheism a “true and necessary” faith, according in the survey.
But, it has also been attributed to a decline in Christianity’s popularity, which was already in decline after decades of decline.
Atheistic beliefs are growing rapidly among younger Americans, who have long been the fastest changing demographic in the United Nations.
Atheisms are growing at a rate similar to the overall population, Pew said.
In the United Kingdom, atheism grew by 3.4%, while in the Netherlands, it rose by 6.2%.
In Germany, the survey showed that atheism had more than tripled since 2000, from 1.7% to 6.8%.
The study comes after a wave of recent violence against atheists, with incidents occurring in the U.S. and other countries, as well as in Canada, Australia and other Western countries.
Last month, a man was arrested for attacking a man in a bar in Florida, and another man was killed in Canada after allegedly being attacked by a Christian couple in a mosque.
The attack on a woman in Florida sparked a nationwide discussion on the religious right and its impact on politics.