A poll released last week seems to show that many Christians want religious liberty for themselves but not for others.
“While these Christians are particularly concerned that religious freedoms are being eroded in this country, “they also want Judeo-Christians to dominate the culture.”
The poll showed that half of Americans worry that their religious freedoms are under attack which, for many, means not being allowed to make their own religious views the norm. The pollsters point out that a consistent view of religious liberty would have to include freedom from religion as well.
“They cannot have it both ways… This does not mean putting Judeo-Christian values aside, but it will require a renegotiation of those values in the public square as America increasingly becomes a multi-faith nation.”
“Asked for their opinion as to why religious freedom is threatened, 97 percent of evangelicals agreed that “some groups have actively tried to move society away from traditional Christian values.”
The poll also revealed that almost a third of those asked blamed gays and lesbians for the cultural shift.
“And 72 percent of evangelicals also agreed that gays and lesbians were the group “most active in trying to remove Christian values from the country.” That compares to 31 percent of all adults who held this belief.”
There is a huge gulf between conservative evangelicals and the rest of Christendom, but their numbers are so large that they seem to be speaking for us all. A chart showing the break down of those differences is included below.