How deep do the seams of tolerance run in this country? Sometimes you wonder…ultimately, I’m pessimistic about the human love of liberty. I tend to agree with Matt McIntosh that to some extent American defense of individual freedoms is based on custom & tradition rather than reasoned acceptance of core principles. In any case I had a book on my shelf which I just had some spare time to open today, America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity, and I saw this table:
|Spiritual Shoppers (%)||Christian Inclusivists(%)||Christian Exclusivists(%)||All Respondents (%)|
|Percentage who said they favored:|
|Making it illegal for Muslim groups to meet in the United States||15||27||27||23|
|Making it illegal for Hindu groups to meet in the United States||12||25||24||20|
|Making it illegal for Buddhist groups to meet in the United States||12||24||23||20|
Of course, the standard caveat applies that many respondents are probably too dumb to understand the questions.