Prayer Shaming, Anti-Muslim Sentiment, and Religious Freedom


Recent violence both in the United States and abroad, have precipitated a new wave of anti-Muslim sentiment here in the U.S. The call for a ban on Muslims entering the US is one example. Also, in the wake of the San Bernadino shootings last week, the Daily News outright dismissed calls for prayer, in what many haved called acts of "prayer-shaming." As the country is faced with new threats, reactions will continue to be mixed, with anger funneled toward religious groups in this country. How this will affect religious freedom is yet to be known, but Americans are certainly beginning to feel that religious freedom is worse today than 10 years ago.

A recent study from Barna Group reveals the tension many Americans are feeling on the topic of religious freedom. Concern about religious freedom in the U.S. has grown among every segment compared to Barna's 2012 study. The growth from one-third of the general population (33%) expressing concern over religious freedom in 2012 to the more than four in 10 adults today (41%) is mirrored among the generations as well. Among Millennials, there’s been a nine percentage point increase in those who say that religious freedom is worse today than it was 10 years ago (25% to 34%); the increase is even more marked among Gen-Xers (29% to 42%) and Boomers (38% to 46%).

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