More Americans are now saying that other religions deserves their freedom, just like #Christians.
According to a #poll by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Most Americans believe Muslims deserve religious freedom . 61 percent said religious liberty was important for people of Muslim faith, though the number is dwarfed by the 82 percent who believe Christians’ religious liberty is important.
The figure wasn’t drastically different along political lines either, as 60 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats supported religious protections for Muslims. Those numbers for Christians were 88 and 83 percent, respectively.
“These numbers seem to be part of a growing climate of #anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States,” Madihha Ahussain, an attorney for Muslim Advocates, a California-based civil rights group, told AP. “This climate of hatred has contributed to dozens of incidents of anti-Muslim violence in recent weeks.”
Representatives from American Muslim groups said at a press conference earlier this month that anti-Muslim sentiment and Islamophobia in the U.S. is worse now than at anytime since 9/11. Following the ISIS attack on Paris that killed 130 people, the U.S. experienced a number of retaliatory attacks on Muslims or mosques.
#Religious freedoms for Christians were more highly supported than those of Jews (70 percent) and Mormons (67 percent) — even though Mormons consider themselves Christians.