Survey: Americans Want Religious Liberty, but Christians Need Protection More Than Muslims

When it comes to religious freedom, more Americans think Christianity needs protection than Jews, Mormons, or Muslims.

That’s according to a new poll from the Associated Press and the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center.

In fact, 82% of all Americans surveyed said religious freedom for Christians was important compared to only 61% who said the same thing about Muslims. (Atheists weren’t included in the poll, though I suspect that percentage would have been even lower.)

The results aren’t entirely surprising since Christian politicians and leaders constantly complain about how their rights are being eroded, even though no such thing is happening and Christians are arguably the leading cause for certain minority groups being deprived of their own civil liberties. Squeaky wheel gets the grease, I support, even though everyone deserves proper lubrication… and that last bit sounded way better in my head.

As someone who sees story after story of atheists having to fight to get the same treatment as Christians, I wonder if some of those respondents aren’t really worried about Christians having their rights disappear so much as they think everyone else getting the same treatment is an affront to their privilege.

Everyone deserves religious freedom in the eyes of the government. The Christians who tend to complain about not getting it usually just want an exception to the rules.

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About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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