Editorial

Support religious liberty for all

Every religion deserves freedom

A recent study by the Associated Press and the National Opinion Research Center for Public Affairs Research revealed that 82 percent of Americans support religious liberty for  Christians.

However, only 62 percent support religious liberty for Muslims. The religious rights of Jewish and Mormon people are also supported less than Christian rights.

This is not just a one party issue. Both Republicans and Democrats have a disparity between who they believe deserves religious freedom.

The report found that 88 percent of Republicans supported Christians’ religious rights, while only 60 percent support Muslims.

On the Democratic side the numbers are closer, but still show a strong disparity. Democrats support Christians’ religious rights by 83 and only 67 percent support religious rights for Muslims.

We the Threefold Advocate believe that students should support everyone’s religious rights–not just the rights of the religion they adhere to.

A nation cannot say it will give rights to all and then only give rights to a few.

Christians would not like these statistics if they were the ones whose religious rights were seen by society as less valuable. People should look at these statistics and consider how they would feel if they were on the other side.

Some students may disagree and say that Muslims are more radical. In reality, a very small percentage of Muslims are radical. According to a Pew Research study conducted in December of 2015 most people surveyed in Lebanon and 94 percent in Jordan were opposed to groups like ISIS.

This shows that most Muslims are against terrorism unfortunately the media likes to focus on the other side.

There are also radical Christians who have bombed abortion clinics, killing in the name of life.

Another example of radical Christians is Anders Behring Breivik killed 92 people at a summer camp in 2011 could have been influenced by his fundamental Christian views, according to The Guardian.

No Christian wants assumptions made about them because of the actions of a few radical people. Because of this The Threefold urges students not to make judgments about any religion just because of a few people.

Therefore, We The Threefold Advocate believe that students should support the religious rights of all and not just those who they agree with.