According to some studies, it seems that more and more people in the Cowboy State are shunning their religious affiliations. It continues to drop as the years go by.  In 2009, a study found that 28 percent of Wyomingites stated that they had no religious preference. That was up 14 percent since 1990, when 14 percent of those living in Wyoming stated that they had no religious preference.

According to one local pastor, who pastor's a Christian church here in Cheyenne, he states that, "There's a sense that churches aren't seen as relevant today to some folks."

The American Religious Identification Survey says these numbers are rising in every state of the Union. Secularism is on the rise according to survey's done in our colleges across the United States. More and more students are not identifying to any particular religious sect and tend to lean more toward humanism and secularism.

Could this be the downfall of our nation? A nation that was historically found upon God and His principles, seem to be getting lost amongst the sea's of the new up and coming generations.

According to Barry Kosmin, at the S.A.N.E. Convention, he states that in the 2000's the northwest saw a major decline of those going to churches, whereas the New England states such as: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts had a higher degree of participants and he accredited the Catholic Church may have had something to do with it.

Is the lack of people affiliating their self with religion a sign that people lack the presence of God in their life and could this affect the direction of Wyoming? This is simple a rhetorical question for us to ponder and something else for us to think about as we view the fact that religion is not as important to the residents of the Cowboy State as it once was.

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