You may be surprised to hear this, but Muslims in the United States are more accepting of LGBT individuals than Evangelicals are. In a campaign speech last summer, the now President Donald Trump said:
“A Trump Administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration: we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people.”
“In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles—or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.”
“Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country.”
“Only those who we expect to flourish in our country – and to embrace a tolerant American society – should be issued immigration visas.”
A new Pew Research survey found that 52 percent of Muslims believe that homosexuality should be accepted by society. So, President Trump was wrong as usual.
The statements made with the poll said:
“While homophobia certainly still exists in American Muslim communities, as a whole, American Muslims are slowly becoming more accepting of homosexuality.”
“And notably, they’re doing it at a faster rate than white evangelical Protestants.”
“A Pew Research Center survey conducted this year found that 52 percent of U.S. Muslims say homosexuality should be accepted by society. In contrast, only 34 percent of white evangelical Protestants believed in 2016 that homosexuality should be accepted by society.”
“The rate at which white evangelicals are shifting their views is slower than the rate for Muslims. White evangelicals shifted their views by 11 percentage points between 2006 and 2016. Muslims’ acceptance of homosexuality shot up by 25 percentage points between 2007 and 2017.”
Baby Boomer Muslims are actually more accepting of gay people than Baby Boomer Evangelicals.
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