they prayed daily (Table 13.5), and around 30 percent attended church weekly (13.3). Similarly, while there has been some slow changes in religious preference ( Smith, 1988), the balance of major religions has not undergone any major alteration (13.2).
The Fundamentalization of American politics notion is also on the shaky ground. Support for the Supreme Court's ruling against mandatory school prayers increased moderately from the 1960s to the early 1980s (13.9) while belief in the inerrancy of the Bible fell from the 1960s to the 1980s (13.6). The possible impact of the recent activism of the Fundamentalists appears in the recent levelling off of support for the separation of church and state in the public schools and in belief in Bible inerrancy. In both cases however the levelling off follows a swing away from Fundamentalism and shows no clear sign of a reversal back toward religious conservativism ( Smith, 1988).
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