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How much do Americans know about religion? Based on a new survey from the PEW Forum, not all that much.
PEW surveyed 3,400 Americans on their religious knowledge – asking them 32 questions about world religions, famous religious figures and constitutional principles governing religion in public life.
On average people answered half the questions correctly, and many were unable to event answer questions about their own religions. And turns out agnostics, atheists, Jews and Mormons are the most knowledgeable about religion, out performing Protestants and Catholics.
Some of the topics covered were: “Where was Jesus born? What is Ramadan? Whose writings inspired the Protestant Reformation? Which Biblical figure led the exodus from Egypt? What religion is the Dalai Lama? Joseph Smith? Mother Teresa?” (New York Times).
Here are some of the findings (Journal Sentinel):
- Mormons and white evangelicals knew the most about Christianity and the Bible.
- Jews, atheists and agnostics were most knowledgeable about world religions and the role of religion in public life, including what the U.S. Constitution says about religion.
- Nearly half of all Catholics surveyed did not know their church teaches that the bread and wine in Communion actually become the body and blood of Christ.
- More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.
- And four in 10 Jews did not know that the medieval philosopher Maimonides was Jewish.
For one of the most religious countries in the world, we could clearly all afford to learn more about each other’s faiths (and our own). A start would be making religious literacy an emphasis in school curricula, starting with our youngest students, so we can create more educated, tolerant adults who are prepared to enter a pluralistic society.
Reports of religious discrimination at work against Muslim employees are on the rise, with the number of complaints even higher than right after 9/11. Although Muslims make up only 2% of the U.S. population, they accounted for 25% of religious discrimination suits with the EEOC last year.
Human Resource Executive Online writes: “Companies should be doing all they can to avoid any discrimination claims, as they can be expensive and time-consuming — even if there is no finding of wrongdoing.”
And one way for companies to avoid discrimination claims and navigate their religiously-diverse workplaces is with Tanenbaum’s online toolkit, Religion at Work: A Human Resource for Managers. Take a look!
In a 7-6 vote, Texas’ State Board of Education approved a resolution instructing publishers to counter the "pro-Islamic/anti-Christian bias" that is supposedly present in world history textbooks. The resolution is not binding, and most likely changes won’t make it into textbooks until 2016, if at all.
As always, few more headlines to check out:
Clear Lake church, mosque live side by side in peace Houston Chronicle
Alleged Discrimination Rocks NY Waterways CBS New York