With atheism being the fastest-growing "religious denomination" in America, vastly undercounted in the last census at about 30 million, is it any surprise that both candidates stated, for the first time in history as far as I know, that one can be an atheist and still be an American (wiping my sweaty brow in a sign of visible relief)!
I was wrong abot the Census being the source of information. It is a collection of various surveys, summarized, for instance, here:
Raving Atheist, of course, has a raving review of this portion of the debate:
I had assumed that any discussion of religion by the candidates in last night’s
debate would be meaningless, incoherent and pandering. Looks like I was wrong.