Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Religious freedom addressed in survey

Americans believe firmly in religious freedom but think atheists are more welcome than Muslims in the United States, Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds.

More than 90 percent say people should be free to choose and practice religious beliefs. Nearly 7 in 10 call America a nation of many religions.

Yet Americans acknowledge the nation embraces Christians and Jews more heartily than atheists or Muslims. While 92 percent agree America is a welcoming place for Christians and 87 percent agree for Jews, the number drops to 67 percent for atheists. LifeWay released the study Wednesday (July 29), based on a survey taken last fall.

Muslims are the least welcome, in Americans' estimation. Fifty-seven percent say America is a welcoming place for Muslims, and 35 percent believe it is not.

"Americans are deeply committed to religious liberty, but they can look at today's culture and see America does not always welcome everyone," Scott McConnell, LifeWay Research vice president, said. "Welcoming people of all religions means being open to both immigrants of other faiths and citizens who choose to change their beliefs." Keep reading

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