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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Republicans really don’t like atheists and Muslims

The article follows my commentary

It's amazing! Yesterday while I was updating my disclosure page on my site, I wrote independent for political affiliation but changed it back to Republican, and it has been going on for a while, almost since 2006. 

When this report came out, a few of my Hindu acquaints seemed happy that the Republicans don't like Muslims.  The poor men don't know that there is always a small percentage of people who don't like others.  I wrote back to him;

Not all of them.

However, they  also don't like Jews (yes), Hindus, Sikhs and African Americans (though on the face they don't. Cantor was the only one Jewish leader in the congress, he was defeated badly, and questions were raised about it, but did not go further. Do you recall Romney was the nominee, they hated Mormons too... it was blatant hate, even now they don't.

If an individual is packed with hate for me, I guarantee you, they have it for you on your back. We have to be careful with the people who malign others to make friends.

Jews and Hindus too...
I have defended plenty and written plenty on it. I have spoken up on every issue that I am aware of.... do your remember the anti-Hindu School text book issue - it was the republicans...
A small percent of Republicans have an intolerant streak in them, the shameful thing is the good majority does not speak up when the few spew bigotry.

I would say, for every ass in one group, there is another in the other group.
Thank you

Mike Ghouse

Republicans really don’t like atheists and Muslims

Photo by Flickr user Rupert Ganzer, used under a Creative Commons license.
Republicans express a much wider array of feelings toward people of different religious groups than do Democrats, according to a new Pew Research Center report. Pew asked respondents to rate different faiths on a "feeling thermometer" ranging from 0 (most negative) to 100 (most positive). Overall, Americans had the most positive feelings toward Jews, Catholics and Evangelical Christians, and more negative feelings toward atheists and Muslims.

But there are striking differences between respondents of different political parties. Republicans are much more positively disposed toward Evangelicals and Mormons than Democrats, and they have significantly more negative views of atheists and Muslims. The chart below says it all.
Overall, the Democratic spread between most-liked and least-liked faith groups is 18 points, compared to 38 points among Republicans. This reflects a number of political realities, the first being that Republicans are more than three times as likely as Democrats to be white evangelical Protestants. Republicans are also more likely to say that religion plays an important role in their lives.

Republicans' embrace of a predominately white, evangelical flavor of Christianity is both an asset and a liability at the ballet box. It's been great for shoring up their support among religious conservatives, but their support among the religiously unaffiliated - a rapidly growing demographichas been eroding for decades.
Today's Pew study indicates that these trends are self-reinforcing. Republicans hold negative views of atheists and Muslims, which causes these groups to leave the Republican party, which in turn leaves the party with a more religiously homogeneous core. Meanwhile, the opposite dynamic is occurring among white Evangelical voters.

Religious identity is less fundamental to the Democratic party, so Democrats' disposition toward religious groups are more muted than Republicans'. In the end this makes for a broader religious coalition, but one with less intensity of feeling.

For more on the Pew poll, read Michelle Boorstein's take: "Which is your favorite faith group? Most Americans answer: My own."