Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Pew Forum

The latest report as part of the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey on religious beliefs and practices and their relationship to social and political views was recently released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The report offers a multitude about the role religion plays in the nation’s social and political spheres. A comparative analysis of the findings indicates that Muslims, on both ends of the political spectrum, have views that generally align with the national average. On questions ranging from party affiliation and political ideology, to specific issues from abortion and environmental protection, to the role of the U.S. in foreign affairs, the Muslim voice echoed that of other faith-based communities from around the nation. While the sample size is not substantial, the Pew Forum’s findings here and in other reports have been useful in depicting the variety of interpretations and ideologies in the religion, rather than the one or two that is thought by many, and the similarity of Islam's diversity to the diversity found within other faith traditions.

Guess those “Moslems” aren’t so different after all...


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