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Support for Muslim ban up among white evangelicals

Artist Shepard Fairey, who created the 2008 "Hope" poster of Barack Obama, has produced a new set of images in time for Donald Trump's inauguration. RNS photo by Lauren Markoe

(RNS) Support for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States has dropped among all religious groups — except white evangelicals.


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Declining Support for Temporary Ban on Muslims Except Among White Evangelicals. Graphic courtesy of PRRI

In fact, among this group support for such a ban has only solidified since last May, when President Trump campaigned on that promise, according to a survey released Friday (Feb. 24) by Public Religion Research Institute, or PRRI.

A majority of white evangelical Protestants still favor banning Muslims temporarily from coming to the U.S., according to PRRI. That number has risen to 61 percent, up from 55 percent in 2016.

A majority of all white Christians — including Catholics (52 percent) and white mainline Protestants (51 percent) — had reported favoring the policy last year. That number has dropped to 44 percent of white Catholics and 39 percent of white mainline Protestants, according to PRRI.

Only 27 percent of nonwhite Protestants favor a ban, down from 34 percent.


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In total, just 35 percent of Americans support a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country, down from 40 percent in 2016.

Trump issued an executive order impacting immigrants and refugees in late January; it has since been blocked by the courts.

PRRI also found white Christian groups report more favorable feelings toward Trump in general than other Americans do. A majority of white evangelical Protestants (74 percent), white Catholics (55 percent), and white mainline Protestants (53 percent) reported a favorable view of Trump.

But just 31 percent of nonwhite Protestants and religiously unaffiliated Americans, 26 percent of Americans belonging to non-Christian religions and 25 percent of Hispanic Catholics reported a favorable view of the president. That’s even lower than the general public at 43 percent — a number that has not moved since last year.

PRRI surveyed 2,031 American adults by phone between Feb. 10 and Feb. 19, according to its methodology. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, it said.

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Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.

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  • Considering they make up the majority of both Trump supporters and people who would vote to attack civil liberties of others, this is not surprising.

  • According to 4 U.S.Code §8(d), titled “Respect For Flag”: “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, …” The image in Fairey’s poster suggests a violation of that code, literally displaying disrespect for the American flag, which isn’t helping the cause. Of course, most people don’t know or care about that code; in fact, it’s ironic that some of your most “patriotic” Americans are unknowingly disrespecting the flag every day by wearing flag apparel. Just sayin’.

  • Good……………tells us their “white guilt” programming is as not as complete as I once believed.
    Now if Christians could start asking themselves — “Where did Cain get his wife”?

  • Well bible study is not your strong point. Cain married one of his sisters. The bible just states that Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters so it is logical that he married a sister. How does incest strike you as the start of the human race. A myth of course.

  • It wasn’t declared to be incest until Leviticus, I believe Leviticus 18. Until the Lord called it “incest” it was just marrying a relative.

  • Easy answer, Adam and Eve may have been the first people, but they were not the only ones. God created others as well maybe a little later.

    Of course being myth, there is no reason for it to make a lick of sense.

  • The definition of incest is carnal relations with a close relative. Therefore they were guilty of incest. And I’ll be darned, after the Flood it happened again, albeit by 1st cousins! Some folks think that’s better than having chimpanzees in the family tree.

  • I am not at all surprised the Atheist has the most logical answer. Spuddie does not have evangelical BAGGAGE from years and years of false teaching.

  • Just because its a law doesn’t make it constitutional. Requiring respect for the flag is forced speech, and an absolute violation of the First Amendment. As such, its not the ones violating the flag code who should be punished, but rather the ones who enforce it. Not that this ever gets enforced; any prosecutor knows this would get thrown out of court immediately, leaving their municipality subject to a counter-suit for false arrest and violation of civil rights.

    We need an amendment that says if any law is found unconstitutional, then any legislator who voted for it becomes ineligible for reelection.

  • 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod,[f] east of Eden. 17 Cain made love to his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch.

    The Land of Nod? Building a CITY? Either we’re talkin a whole lot o’ incest, or The story of the first family might be just a story to help illuminate a few lessons. (do not Google “Whole Lot O’ Incest” – just sayin’)

  • The Trump Holocaust is now starting in the USA and the “Christians” are not speaking up enough against it. The world went through this 90 years ago and to our collective shame we as Christians did little to nothing in Germany -with noted exceptions until it was too late. It is time to speak out! 9 – 11 million people in the USA are at risk. Franklin Graham is dis-honoring Jesus by his words. The response is silence from a lot of Christians! “Stand up Stand up for Jesus” is an old hymn that must be sung by our actions by White Christians opposing the ban which is the holocaust root if we look back at history.

  • Well, you seem to be under the impression that Cain married when he was young. Adam lived a total of 930 years. One can make a lot of children in 930 years.

    Table 1. Ages of the Patriarchs from Adam to Noah

    Patriarch Age Bible Reference

    1 Adam 930 Genesis 5:4

    2 Seth 912 Genesis 5:8

    3 Enosh 905 Genesis 5:11

    4 Cainan 910 Genesis 5:14

    5 Mahalalel 895 Genesis 5:17

    6 Jared 962 Genesis 5:20

    7 Enoch 365 (translated) Genesis 5:23

    8 Methuselah 969 Genesis 5:27

    9 Lamech 777 Genesis 5:31

    10 Noah 950 Genesis 9:29

  • You really shouldn’t use the term Holocaust in this situation, because this ain’t the start of one.

  • Please stop with this Hitler and Holocaust comparison. It’s a knee-jerk reaction and you are embarrassing yourselves. What do you think is going to happen in America? A kristalnacht? Imprisoning and executing Jews and Muslims? He’s a Populist and a Nationalist. He is not going to become a dictator.

  • You really believe our ancestors live 900+ years? Jehovah’s Witnesses tried to “scientifically” explain why those lifespans finished by saying prior to the Flood, vast amounts of water vapor in the exosphere protected humans from harmful radiation allowing long lives. This moisture was the water source for the flood and afterwards more radiation got to the surface. Noah didn’t live as long, Abraham only made it to 180 and Moses to 120, etc. What a hoot!

  • Genesis 5
    4After the birth of Seth, Adam lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 5Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.

    Incest, baby, incest!

  • That was rhetorical. Of course you do since it is stated in the bible and as Paul wrote Timothy “All scripture is inspired of God” (2 Timothy 3:16), therefore it must be true.

  • The world went through this 90 years ago and to our collective shame we as Christians did little to nothing in Germany
    Maybe ‘christians’ did nothing because there was nothing wrong. The Red Cross sure didn’t think so.
    In regards to 9-11………………go watch “this is an Orange” on youtube.

  • Trump is far closer in tone to Vladimir Putin than Hitler. Putin marginalized and eventually destroyed a free press and incrementally destroyed civil liberties until there were none left.

  • Lol! Holocaust denial and 9/11 trufer nonsense. If you throw in a reference to the Protocols of Elders of Zion you would have the gonzo neo nazi trifecta.

  • Just look at the majority of police uniforms as they frequently have the US flag on their shoulder. Plus this is the same code used to attempt to ban flag burning which was found to be UN-Constitutional.

    BTW Hardees used a US flag motif barely there bikini wearing model to promote their hamburgers. If you want to verify accuracy go here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246487

  • I for one do not consider evangelicals “Christians”, but a pseudo religious/political cult. It is noteworthy Franklin Graham was denied the use of a stadium in Puerto Rico by the territory’s Southern Baptists organization. Additionally the mainstream Christian clergy are in opposition to letting him give a speech in Vancouver.

  • Cannot remember for sure, but didn’t the well endowed model used to promote Hardees hamburgers wear a flag motif bikini?

  • Thanks to the design of our government, Trump will be very limited in what damage he can do. So let’s call him a Putin Wannabe.

  • I would not put it past Trump to call up the military to support him when 1) he is impeached or 2) looses the 2020 election. If he tries to pull of this move I hope the military has enough sense to oppose him and send the information to the US Marshals and the FBI.

    The US military enlistment states the following: “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend
    the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and
    domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and
    that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and
    the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations
    and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

    It is important to note reference to the Constitution precedes the one to the POTUS.

  • Yes. Evidently there is a secret protocol that flag motif clothing is OK when it is close to ones “naughty bits”.

    🙂

  • I agree with you 100%.

    But you’re still dead wrong.

    They are indeed Christians, and are happy to tell you just how good Christians they are, while simultaneously flinging theopoo at other Christians for not being the right sort of Christian.

    Sound familiar?

  • Not as long as he has the full cooperation of the Republican Party and can stack the courts with constitutional originality, like the sort that said money is speech and corporations are people.

  • I support a ban against ALL MUSLIMS entering this country INDEFINETLY! And I am an atheist! Islam is BASED IN TERRORISM-PERIOD! “Judeo-Christianty” isn’t much better, as evidenced by both the OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS, but at least those terrorist acts were confined the Biblical times, and at the latest, the 20th Century (anyone ever hear of the HOLOCAUST? HITLER WAS NO ATHEIST!). Ridding this entire planet of Islam would be a STEP UP for civilization! And given the unceasing terrorism that Islam and its adherents perpetuate, maybe nuclear annihilation is just what they need!

  • As opposed to what-an atheist that somehow “tolerates” Muslims? Next time you are in one of their RELIGION-BASED TERRORIST ATTACKS, ask how that “tolerance” is working for ya! Assuming you live through it!

  • As a gay man and an atheist, I can tell you it’s is simply a difference in degree, not in kind.

    The problem here and everywhere that religion is an issue is between fundamentalism and live-and-let live. Right now, it’s radical muSlims but we have our own home grown terrorists as well. We just don’t like to call them terrorists because they are white. Aryan nation, KKK, Steve Bannon and his alt-right poltroons are good examples.

    And let us not forget the multiple threats, with some actions, that have threatened both synagogues and mosques. I’m pretty sure it isn’t the Jews and the Muslims out terrorizing each other.

  • “white mainline Protestants (53 percent) reported a favorable view of Trump.”

    That’s really surprises me. I’m sure it will drop steadily because Mainliners are mostly Red Letter Christians.

  • The JCC bomb threats are an almost daily occurrence now. Who knows when that might cross the line from threats to reality. We can’t afford to be be that sanguine.

  • I can see Trump trying to call on military support and the military ignoring him. The Pentagon (including his own Secretary of Defense) does not take him all that seriously on a lot of issues. They have been his most damaging critics.

    Putin was able to garner the respect of the military and state intelligence apparatus. Trump is being ridiculed and snubbed by that crowd.

  • That’s funny, but no. Red Letter Christians are the ones who place greatest emphasis on the words of Jesus* as they appear in the gospels, rather than OT hatred, violence and vengeance. “Red Letter” because in some gospels the words of Jesus* are highlighted in red.

    *It’s a best guesstimate that those are actually Jesus’ words. Actually they’re a paraphrase handed down second hand to the guys who wrote Matthew, Mark, Lukes and John.

  • You mean there have NEVER been “any terrorist attacks by Muslims against Jews”? Are you frigging serious? Ever hear of a place called the “West Bank” (its in is real!). ALL RELIGIONS ARE TERRORIST-BASED, and TERRORIST PERPETUATING! As John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson, “This would be the best of all possible worlds, were there no religion in it!”

  • Wearing flags on uniforms is permitted by the US Flag Code. Not the same as apparel. Actually, it’s kind of interesting to read it…there are a lot of things in there that people do all the time. I think flag bikinis should be encouraged, provided the displayed flag area is minimized.

  • Trump encourages hate. That is why he still has not condemned the murder of an Indian techie in Kansas. Hate has no place in the heart of true Christians. The question is can the white evangelicals who back this man be considered as true Christians? For that matter other groups such as the Catholics who back him, can they be called true Christians? BTW, Steve Bannon, Trump’s adviser is a white Catholic. I was under the impression that, after all said and done, Catholics were more liberal and broadminded than Protestants, particularly the evangelical Protestants who symbolize the epitome of hate in America.

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