Well, this is not surprising:
About one-third of all Americans think that you have to be a Christian to truly be an American — despite the history of religious pluralism that dates back to the nation’s very earliest days.
In a timely survey released Wednesday afternoon, just as the United States is debating the merits of suspending immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, the Pew Research Center asked residents of numerous nations what it takes to truly belong in their countries. Americans were far more likely than residents of other countries included in the survey to say that religion was key to sharing in the national identity.
Thirty-two percent of Americans said one should be Christian to really be American, compared to just 13 percent of Australians, 15 percent of Canadians and 15 percent of Europeans who felt the same way about belonging in their homelands.
The same number of Americans — 32 percent — said that being born in the United States is key to being an American. More Americans — 45 percent — said that sharing “national customs and traditions” was important, and many more — 70 percent — said being an American meant speaking English.
Religion was the only question on which Americans were an outlier. On birth, language and customs, America fell in line with other industrialized nations.
Statistically, most of these people are from states like Alabama, Mississippi, and such which are a financial drain on the country and have to have their weight carried by places like California. And yet, they think they (and, more specifically, their churches which are exempt from taxes and therefore contribute less to the country than a single, destitute atheist) get ownership of what it means to be American.
Oh, you were born here, pay taxes, and are generally kind to everybody you encounter? Sorry, your status as a REAL American hinges on whether or not you believe a Jewish guy rose from the dead in a country that isn’t America long before America even existed.
This is a special kind of stupid and a really special kind of arrogant self-importance. And yet, I’m willing to bet these same people will drone on and on about their religion of humility.
If only people paid attention to the parts of the bible decrying hypocrisy the same way they do about the parts talking about how gay people are icky.
Welp, now I’m agitated. Here’s a kitten who finds the concept of a comb fascinating: