New Battle Lines Over Religious Liberty

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  • America was founded on the idea of religious freedom for everyone, including religious groups that are unpopular:Democrats: 89% agree, 11% disagreeIndependents: 88% agree, 10% disagreeRepublicans: 92% agree, 8% disagreeTea Party: 89% agree, 8% disagreeWe must maintain a strict separation of church and state:Democrats: 72% agree, 27% disagreeIndependents: 69% agree, 29% disagreeRepublicans: 59% agree, 40% disagreeTea Party: 58% agree, 40% disagree
  • Right of Religious Liberty Threatened?Democrats: 29% yes, 69% noIndependents: 36% yes, 58% noRepublicans: 60% yes, 37% no
  • White Catholics: 28% yes, 63% no
  • New Battle Lines Over Religious Liberty

    1. 1. New Battle Lines over Religious LibertyReligious Liberty Secure and Important, Not Absolute Presented by Robert P. Jones At the Center for American Progress (Washington, D.C.) June 14, 2012 Public Religion Research Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO Daniel Cox, Director of Research Institute
    2. 2. Religious Liberty in the United States Religious Liberty in the United States Agree Disagree 100 88 90 80 70 66 60 50 40 32 30 20 10 10 0 America was founded on the idea of religious We must maintain a strict separation of church and freedom for everyone, including religious groups state that are unpopular Source: Public Religion Research Institute, Pluralism, Immigration, Civic Integration Survey, August 2011 (N=2,450)New Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 2
    3. 3. Religious Liberty Threatened? In America Today, Do You Believe that the Right of Religious Liberty is Being Threatened? 90 Yes No 82 80 70 61 60 56 57 56 53 49 47 50 43 39 38 37 40 35 30 20 14 10 0 All Americans White White White Catholics Minority Unaffiliated Evangelicals Catholics Mainline Christians Protestants Source: Public Religion Research Institute, PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, March 2012 (N=1,007)New Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 3
    4. 4. Perceived Threats to Religious Liberty Perceived Threats to Religious Liberty Among those who say religious liberty is threatened Removing religion from public 21 square 23 General government interference in religion Hostility towards Christians/religion 4 Changing culture Personal liberties threatened 6 Contraception mandate 20 6 Other sexuality issues 9 10 Other/Dont know Question Wording: In just a few words, in what way is the right of religious liberty being threatened? Source: Public Religion Research Institute, PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, March 2012 (N=1,007)New Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 4
    5. 5. In just a few words, in what way is theright of religious liberty being threatened? The state is meddling in the affairs of the church too much. As I understand it, church and state, the separation, isnt so much the church being kept out of the state, but the state being kept out of the church. --Evangelical Christian As a Christian, I feel that I am afraid to even speak about my religion without offending people. --Non-denominational Christian You cant pray and teach children about the 10 commandments. --CatholicNew Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 5
    6. 6. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY CONTEXT I The Contraception Coverage MandateNew Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 6
    7. 7. Support for Contraception Coverage [These organizations] should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost Percent of Americans that agree 70 62 60 57 52 53 54 50 42 40 30 20 10 0 Churches and Religiously Privately owned Religiously Religiously Publicly held other places of affiliated social small businesses affiliated affiliated corporations worship service agencies colleges hospitals Source: Public Religion Research Institute, PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, March 2012 (N=1,007)New Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 7
    8. 8. Catholic Support for ContraceptionCoverage [These organizations] should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost All Catholics White Catholics 70 65 60 59 59 61 60 58 55 50 47 48 43 43 44 40 30 20 10 0 Churches and Religiously Religiously Religiously Privately owned Publicly held other places of affiliated colleges affiliated social affiliated small businesses corporations worship service agencies hospitals Source: Public Religion Research Institute, PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, March 2012 (N=1,007)New Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 8
    9. 9. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY CONTEXT II Adoption and Marriage by Gay and Lesbian CouplesNew Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 9
    10. 10. Adoption Agencies and Federal Funding Should [these agencies] be able to refuse to place children with qualified gay and lesbian couples? Religiously Affiliated Agencies that Religiously Affiliated Agencies that Receive Federal Funding Receive NO Federal Funding 70 70 63 60 60 50 50 50 44 40 40 32 30 30 20 20 10 10 0 0 Yes No Yes No Source: Public Religion Research Institute, PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, March 2012 (N=1,007)New Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 10
    11. 11. Gay and Lesbian Adoption by Religion Should Religiously Affiliated Agencies that Receive Federal Funding be Able to Refuse to Place Children With Qualified Gay and Lesbian Couples? Yes No 90 85 80 70 63 63 57 59 60 50 47 47 39 40 34 32 30 30 20 14 10 0 All Americans White Minority White Mainline Catholics Unaffiliated Evangelicals Christians Protestants Source: Public Religion Research Institute, PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, March 2012 (N=1,007)New Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 11
    12. 12. Religious Liberty Concerns Religious Liberty Concerns: Allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally*Question Wording:“If the law guaranteed 4that no church or Favorcongregation would berequired to performmarriages for gay and 39 Favor with religious libertylesbian couples, I would 52 assurance*support allowing them to Opposelegally marry."Asked among those whodid not initially support 7same-sex marriage. Source: Public Religion Research Institute, PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, March 2012 (N=1,007)New Battle Lines over Religious Liberty 12
    13. 13. NEW BATTLE LINES OVER RELIGIOUS LIBERTYReligious Liberty Secure and Important, but Not Absolute Follow us Online: www.facebook.com/publicreligion www.twitter.com/publicreligion www.publicreligion.org Public Religion Research Dr. Robert P. Jones, President Institute Daniel Cox, Director of Research

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