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Most in France Blamed Muslim Intolerance for 2006 Cartoon Controversy – Pew Research Center

This week, the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo printed controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, raising fears of violent protests, particularly in the Middle East. The events are reminiscent of a similar incident in 2006 when cartoons of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper sparked demonstrations. At the time the Pew Research Center found a huge gulf between public opinion in the Middle East and opinion in Europe and the United States over what was to blame for the confrontations.

For example, 67% of those who had heard about the cartoons in France blamed the controversy mostly on Muslims’ intolerance to different points of view; only 28% put most of the blame on Western nations’ disrespect for Islam. Around six-in-ten of those who knew about the publication in Germany (62%), the U.S. (60%) and Britain (59%) agreed that intolerance by Muslims was mostly to blame.

In contrast, fewer than 10% in Jordan, Egypt, Indonesia, and Turkey who had heard about the controversy believed that it was caused by Muslim intolerance. Instead, overwhelming majorities in those countries, including 90% in Jordan and 87% in Egypt, thought that Western disrespect for Islam was the root cause of the problem.

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Statistics on Religion in America Report — Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

An extensive new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details statistics on religion in America and explores the shifts taking place in the U.S. religious landscape. Based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans age 18 and older, the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey finds that religious affiliation in the U.S. is both very diverse and extremely fluid.

Key Findings and Statistics on Religion in America

More than one-quarter of American adults (28%) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion – or no religion at all. If change in affiliation from one type of Protestantism to another is included, 44% of adults have either switched religious affiliation, moved from being unaffiliated with any religion to being affiliated with a particular faith, or dropped any connection to a specific religious tradition altogether.

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Religion in American Culture — Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Based on interviews with more than 35,000 American adults, this extensive survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details the religious makeup, religious beliefs and practices as well as social and political attitudes of the American public. This online section includes dynamic tools that complement the full report. For a video overview and related material, go to the resource page.

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Why Islamism Is Winning – NYTimes.com

EGYPT’S final round of parliamentary elections won’t end until next week, but the outcome is becoming clear. The Muslim Brotherhood will most likely win half the lower house of Parliament, and more extreme Islamists will occupy a quarter. Secular parties will be left with just 25 percent of the seats.

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Americans and God – NYTimes.com

THE holidays are upon us again — it sounds vaguely aggressive, as if the holidays were some sort of mugger, or overly enthusiastic lover — and so it’s time to stick a thermometer deep in our souls and take our spiritual…

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