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By Stephen Prothero

The USA has lengthy been defined as a state of immigrants, however it can be a country of religions within which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists reside and paintings facet through part. This e-book explores that state of religions, concentrating on how 4 non secular communities—Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs—are shaping and, in flip, formed via American values.

For a new release, students were documenting how the landmark laws that loosened immigration regulations in 1965 catalyzed the improvement of the us as ''a country of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, in addition to Christians,'' as best courtroom Justice Tom Clark positioned it. The members to this quantity take U.S. spiritual range no longer as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has turn into. Essays tackle now not even if the USA is a Christian or a multireligious nation—clearly, it really is both—but how spiritual variety is altering the general public values, rites, and associations of the state and the way these values, rites, and associations are affecting religions centuries previous but fairly new in the United States. This dialog makes a massive contribution to the intensifying public debate concerning the acceptable position of faith in American politics and society.

Contributors: Ihsan Bagby, collage of Kentucky Courtney Bender, Columbia college Stephen Dawson, woodland, Virginia David Franz, collage of Virginia Hien Duc Do, San Jose kingdom collage James Davison Hunter, collage of Virginia Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse collage Gurinder Singh Mann, college of California, Santa Barbara Vasudha Narayanan, collage of Florida Stephen Prothero, Boston collage Omid Safi, Colgate college Jennifer Snow, Pasadena, California Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia college R. Stephen Warner, collage of Illinois at Chicago Duncan Ryžken Williams, college of California, Berkeley

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Muzammil Siddiqi states that pluralism is manifest when four principles are recognized: ‘‘The dignity of all human beings. The basic equality of all human beings. Universal human rights. Fundamental freedom of thought, conscience and belief. ’’≤≤ Peter Berger’s pluralism does not demand that one relativize one’s truth claims. A person in a pluralist society does not have to accede that his or her truth is of equal value as other truths. ) Muslim advocates of political participation are adamant about holding fast to that truth.

Although the di√erences are not overwhelming, the more conservative mosques are more likely to be highly critical of American culture. 6 \ ‘‘America Is Immoral’’ by Islamic Approach (Percentage Agreeing/Disagreeing with Statement) Islamic Approach Contextual Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree 26% 41 29 5 Literal 39% 33 16 13 Madhhab 13% 48 39 0 Note: N = 390. 004. Leaders who follow a traditional madhhab are less likely to ‘‘strongly agree’’ that America is immoral.

7). 7 \ ‘‘American Society Is Hostile to Islam’’ (Percentage Giving Each Response; ‘‘Don’t Know’’ Excluded from Percentages) Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree 15% 41 32 12 56 percent) believes that American society in general is hostile to Islam. Respondents comment on three components of that society: the American people, media, and government. Those who ‘‘strongly agree’’ that America is hostile believe that all components of American society are hostile. Mosque leaders who ‘‘somewhat agree’’ almost invariably argue that hostility is real but that the American people are good-hearted and reasonable.

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