Gallup Poll on Religious Bigotry
aw605 at LAFN.ORG
Fri Jan 31 09:32:10 PST 1997
But is this really bigotry? One may have inferred from
legitimate observations that some groups have a greater
likelihood of producing noise, crime, or drug activity,
or some other behavior one doesn't want, than others in
the general population. As long as I can't stop people
from moving in based solely on the characteristics that
were covered, I can't see the harm in private opinions.
>I thought members of this list might be interested in a Gallup Poll I
>recently discovered. The poll sheds light on the degree of religious
>bigotry that exists in our society. The poll sought to discover
>"Groups Not Wanted As Neighbors." The following question was asked in
>"I am going to read you a list of various groups of people. As I read
>each one, please tell me whether you would or would not like to have
>them as neighbors."
>Catholics: 94% Would, 3% Would Not
>Protestants: 92 % Would, 5% Would Not
>Jews: 91% Would, 5% Would Not
>Blacks: 83% Would, 12% Would Not
>Hispanics: 78% Would, 16% Would Not
>Unmarried People Living Together: 71% Would, 23% Would Not
>Religious Fundamentalists: 58% Would, 30% Would Not
>Members of Minority Religious Sects
> or Cults: 31% Would, 62% Would Not
>1989 Gallup Poll, p. 63-79.
>As I have argued in the past, the use of the label "fundamentalist"
>when used by the media (and in cases like Mozert) etc., is a label
>that stigmatizes those so labeled as dirty and unworthy. If people
>self-identify with that label, that's their choice. But when the term
>is used to label persons who don't claim it (such as when it is used
>to label, say, conservative Christians who would self-identify not as
>fundamentalists but as, say, Southern Baptists or Assembly of God), it
>is equivalent to a racial epithet.
>Also, this poll suggests that civil rights legislation like RFRA may
>be needed to protect "fundamentalists" and members of minority "sects"
>against a democratic process that may underprotect the religious
>freedom of these despised religious minorities.
> Rick Duncan (rduncan at unlinfo.unl.edu)
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