I think it is long past time we should stop believing in a Santa.<quoted text>
Actually, if you look at the Pew Research study that looked at religion in America, you'd see that the biggest losers were the more conservative denominations and biggest gainer was "non-affiliated". People are stepping away from religion overall, and mostly, apparantly, from the idiotic jerks that want to dictate to everyone else how things should be. They're the ones painting the ugly picture of Christianity and refuse to take responsibility for that exodus.
But I do agree that the nail in the coffin was the politicization of the churches, they aligned with a political party, they are so deep in politics it has become one of their primary messages when folks go to church.
They have totally lost their way, and people are leaving in droves.