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Barnes writes: "A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters believe evangelical Christians face more discrimination in society than women, Muslims, and black, Latinx, and LGBTQ people, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, published Monday."

'Republican fears over evangelical discrimination appear at odds with the statistical rise in hate crimes, which increased for the third year running from 2016 to 2017, under the Trump administration.' (photo: Kyle Reid/Getty Images)
'Republican fears over evangelical discrimination appear at odds with the statistical rise in hate crimes, which increased for the third year running from 2016 to 2017, under the Trump administration.' (photo: Kyle Reid/Getty Images)


Majority of Republicans Think Evangelical Christians Are More Discriminated Against Than Minorities

By Luke Barnes, ThinkProgress

16 April 19


Hate crimes against minorities have in fact risen under the Trump presidency.

majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters believe evangelical Christians face more discrimination in society than women, Muslims, and black, Latinx, and LGBTQ people, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, published Monday.

According to the survey, there is a broad consensus that certain groups in America face persistent discrimination. Approximately 82% of the 1,503 respondents said Muslims face at least some form of discrimination. That number was around 80% for black Americans; 76% said Latinx people suffered some form of discrimination in society, and 75% said LGBTQ people faced at least some form of discrimination as well.

Broken down by party affiliation, however, responses were vastly different. Only 34% of Republican or Republican-leaning voters believed Muslims experience “a lot” of discrimination in society, compared with 75% of Democrat or Democratic-leaning voters. Sixty-nine percent of Republican or Republican-leaning voters believed Muslims faced “some discrimination,” compared with 92% among Democrat or Democratic-leaning voters.

Only 19% of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents said they believe black Americans faced “a lot” of discrimination. Sixty-six percent said black Americans faced “some” discrimination. Approximately 22% of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters said “gays and lesbians” faced “a lot” of discrimination, while 60% said they faced “some” form of discrimination.

Ten percent and 52% said women faced “a lot” or “some” discrimination, respectively, and 16% and 59% said the same of Latinx people.

By contrast, among Democrats and Democrat-leaning respondents, 69% and 92% said they believe black Americans faced “a lot” or “some” discrimination, respectively. Fifty-seven percent said “gays and lesbians” faced “a lot” of discrimination, while 87% said they faced at least “some.” Approximately 44% and 84% said they believe women faced “a lot” or “some” discrimination. Among Democrats, 58% also said Latinx people faced “a lot” of discrimination while 89% said the group faced at least “some” discrimination.

Asked about evangelical Christians, Republicans and Republican-leaning voters said the group faced the most discrimination of any in the United States, with 70% saying they faced at least “some” discrimination and 30% saying they faced “a lot.”

Among Democrats, only 32% said evangelical Christians faced “some” discrimination. Just 8% said evangelicals experienced “a lot” of discrimination. (The poll did not break down evangelicals by race.)


Republican fears over evangelical discrimination appear at odds with the statistical rise in hate crimes, which increased for the third year running from 2016 to 2017, under the Trump administration. The vast majority of this violence — as exemplified by the Tree of Life synagogue attack in Pittsburgh, the recent spate of arson attacks targeting historically black churches in Louisiana, and a foiled 2016 plot by Kansas militiamen to attack a housing complex where Somali Muslims lived — has targeted minority groups.

Compounding problems, the FBI’s collating of hate crimes has been repeatedly criticized as woefully incomplete.

Reporting hate crimes to the Bureau is currently voluntary, meaning that many police departments don’t bother to submit reports or, when they do, vastly under-report the number of incidents occurring in their jurisdictions. As The New York Times noted last November, for instance, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department initially reported zero hate crimes for all of 2017, before later claiming the report had been made in error and adjusting the figure to 61.

The perception of who faces discrimination in the United States has remained relatively unchanged since 2016, when Pew last conducted the survey. One noticeable change was a 20-point jump in the number of participants who said that Jews faced discrimination, rising from 44% in 2016 to 64% in 2019.

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+7 # grendel 2019-04-16 22:49
Well of course the majority of Republicans believe this.

If they are not themselves evangelical Christians, Republicans have the same trinity of motivational cores which are drawn from a communal hip.

Though very few have the courage to follow through they view themselves as martyrs. They wallow in their hand ringing victimhood. And they live in deep resentment towards anyone they believe just might have even a crumb of what they have deluded themselves into believing they are denied.

How sad it is that as they sing joy to the world on Sunday, they live such a joyless life.
 
 
+4 # tedrey 2019-04-17 01:34
I do find Trump's penchant for excusing the crimes of dictators vile and abhorrent. To keep the balance, I also find assassinations and wars of choice carried out under the authority of past American presidents equally vile and abhorrent.
 
 
+4 # Citizen Mike 2019-04-17 07:58
I have never heard tell of any hate crimes against evangelical christians. But I do think many modern Americans hold evangelicals in contempt and ridicule them for their outmoded, anti-sex, devil-haunted superstitious take on religion and adamant biblical literalism. I am sure they would like to be taken more seriously and not pushed aside as ridiculous but that does not rise to the level of discrimination.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2019-04-23 08:01
Quoting Citizen Mike:
I have never heard tell of any hate crimes against evangelical christians. But I do think many modern Americans hold evangelicals in contempt and ridicule them for their outmoded, anti-sex, devil-haunted superstitious take on religion and adamant biblical literalism. I am sure they would like to be taken more seriously and not pushed aside as ridiculous but that does not rise to the level of discrimination.

- mike? what are we supposed to make of this rubbish? are you color-blind?

3 black baptist churches just burned to the ground!

in this country the history of continual hate crimes against evangelical christians PROBABLY DATES BACK BEFORE SLAVERY!
 
 
+5 # WorkingClass 2019-04-17 10:14
If they think they are being picked on now wait till they have to explain to their God how they skipped over, or missed, the teachings in Mathew 25: 31-46.
 
 
+6 # randrjwr 2019-04-17 12:41
Quoting WorkingClass:
If they think they are being picked on now wait till they have to explain to their God how they skipped over, or missed, the teachings in Mathew 25: 31-46.


Right on. Often paraphrased as "whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers that you do unto me" (Verse 40).

I, personally "hold in contempt" (see Citizen Mike) any christian, evangelical or not, that does not behave according to this precept in all his/her affairs.
 
 
+1 # Glen 2019-04-19 13:31
I've heard this all my life. These folks -christians -appear to believe they are being persecuted, which I guess is a carry over from serious days past. Who knows. What we all do know is that for centuries christians have waged war, persecution, and punishment on any who are non-believers. Is it any wonder various other groups and religions are filled with resentment.
 

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