Survey: Public 'warm' to Jews, Catholics and 'cool' to Muslims and atheists

How Americans feel about religious groups

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  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    July 25, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    In Europe it seems antisemitism is more popular. Hard to understand why Jews tend to vote left wing when right wingers seem to like them. I would think they would want to cultivate their supporters.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    July 25, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    Whip out that broad brush!

    Gotta love being chastised for not being as "christian" as some think you should be. Because, we are all sinners and fall short...

  • Kellie Wood Orem, UT
    July 23, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    There are Mormons who ARE evangelical Christians who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The study should've differentiated between that church and apostate Mormon groups who belong in jail.

  • Filthy Kuffar Spanish Fork, UT
    July 22, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    To A Scientist and RanchHand:

    I wonder how warmly the money changers felt while Jesus was turning their tables and chasing them from the temple.

  • nicholdraper West Jordan, UT
    July 22, 2014 4:27 a.m.

    Wow so many made up quotes for Jesus on this comment list. Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. That doesn't sound like he rated them warmly.

    July 21, 2014 2:16 p.m.


    Jesus taught the ideal. He set the example. That His followers fail in living up to is is simply proof to me of His Divinity and the help He offers us to be better than we can be by ourselves.

    That atheists hold up the example as a means of ridicule and judgement shows that even they make Jesus the standard for conduct and behavior....

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    July 17, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    Jews lead the list because both extremes have reason to like them: the secular liberals, because they are (1) themselves liberal, and (2) historically persecuted, and liberals love victims (until they stop being victims; see Israel, self-defense of); and evangelicals, because modern evangelical teaching has evolved from disliking Jews to viewing them, properly, as God's chosen people.

    Mormons, on the other hand, take flak from both directions: from evangelicals, for being heretics (and, more importantly, effective competitors for the same market); and from secular liberals, for being unapologetically *not* secular liberals.

    Frankly I'm surprised we are as close to the Hindus as we are.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    July 17, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    Mormons would have scored higher if people who aren't mormon know you. We don't know you. You spend all your time in church, activities related to church, with fellow ward members. Your interaction with the rest of us is knocking on our door because you want us to be mormon. The new rules for missionaries to remain in contact after baptism is a good call. When our children marry your children they elope in the temple with the other side in attendance and have a reception for all, rather than be sealed separately as done in some countries that require a separate civil public service. You are missing out on a great opportunity. Wedding, then temple sealing ASAP. That is what the ancestors did.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    Could it be that public opinion can be molded by who has the best public relations campaign?

    Are there attempts to mold or manipulate public opinion by foreign countries?

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    July 17, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    Didn't Jesus teach "love thine enemies. Rate warmly those who believe differently than you. Don't be cold toward those who are just like you in every way except they don't believe in any god?"

    I'm sure I read that somewhere.

  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    July 17, 2014 6:01 a.m.

    Religion doesn't divide us any more than any other thing people associate with divides us. Some people love football and dislike baseball, but we don't say that sports divide people it's an absurd notion. what truly divides people are areas where people try to force people into a particular point of view or stance which ought to be a matter of free choice and liberty. Americans are cool to any religion which fundamental to its doctrines are: supplanting rule of law with religious law, a blatant disrespect of other religions to the point of outlawing them wherever it becomes dominant, extinguishing free conscience and free speech, relegation of women to second class citizenship and acts of terror worldwide and particularly in areas where it has a significant but not majority portion of the population. This divides people for sure because most people resist restrictions on liberties guaranteed in our constitution forced upon them in the name of religion. Our First Amendment never contemplated a religion which has as a fundamental doctrine subjugation of other faiths and for that matter people by force? I'm permanently glacial to it.

  • mhenshaw Leesburg, VA
    July 17, 2014 4:58 a.m.

    >>So much for Christians being Christ-like.

    That article doesn't support that assertion. A careful reading shows that the study evaluated how a multitude of variables affected public views of religious groups; one's own religion was just one of many factors affecting how other religious groups are perceived. The lone example in the article of Christianity affecting a view of another religion showed that Evangelicals viewed Jew more favorably than the reverse, which would run exactly counter to your assertion.

    >>Religion, then, is what divides us.

    That's a massive over-generalization.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2014 11:56 p.m.

    Re Gary O
    Virginia Beach Virginia

    "Evangelicals support Zionists and Jews reciprocate by feeling warmly toward Evangelicals>"

    I guess you have never been to Israel. It is against the law for Evangelical missionaries to search out Jews to teach about Christ. It is almost like the prohibition in the Islamic Nations.

    As I remember even BYU students at the Israel Center have to sign a written pledge not to teach about Mormonism.

    This does not sound to friendly to me.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 16, 2014 10:05 p.m.

    Religion, then, is what divides us.

  • donn layton, UT
    July 16, 2014 5:43 p.m.

    RE: GaryO, The dispensationalism movement, that had first taken root in the 1970's.

    But,Amillennialism is by far the most dominant eschatological position in the history of Christianity. ("Eschatology" refers to the doctrine of "last things," meaning the end times. “Latter Days”.) The view is held by the Roman Catholic Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, Lutheran, and by a large segment of Protestantism. In recent years, amillennialism has seen an increase in adherents due in part to the decline of dispensational premillennialism.

    Christians should support Israel", And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed."(Genesis 12:3)

    "For if the Gentiles have shared in their (the Jews) spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things." (Romans 15:27).

    Jesus never denied his Jewishness. He was born Jewish, He was circumcised on the eighth day in keeping with Jewish tradition. He kept the law of Moses. He died on a cross with an inscription over His head, "King of the Jews!

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    July 16, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    Jesus would have considered everyone, of every stripe warmly.

    So much for Christians being Christ-like.

  • Howie L SLC, UT
    July 16, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    The Washington National Cathedral is an Episcopal facility. The Catholic Cathedral is St Matthew the Apostle. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is also Catholic, just not a cathedral. Edit, edit, edit

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 16, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    The coziness between Jews and Evangelicals is due to the idea that the Jews returning to the Holy Land was foreordained in the Bible, the Book of Revelations, and absolutely necessary for other events to occur. The Jews must possess the Holy Land in order for Jesus to return, according to Evangelicals.

    Thus, Evangelicals support Zionists, and Jews reciprocate by feeling warmly toward Evangelicals.

    Strange, isn't it? . . . . How the Book of Revelations can actually determine the course of world events . . . and perception becomes reality at least to a point.

    In the 1980's, Israel's Ministry of Tourism started offering American pastors low-cost trips to the Holy Land, and that turned out to be a very effective means of dispersing pro-Zionist propaganda. The dispensationalism movement, that had first taken root in the 1970's, quickly spread.

    This was all a huge contrast to previous years when anti-Jewish beliefs prevailed in Protestant America, with such high-profile figures as Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh expressing their antisemitic sentiments.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    July 16, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    Interesting. Here is one area that I wonder if the poll considered. Many Jews are in fact athiest or agnostic. Being Jewish does not automatically infer a belief in God and or religion as it does with any other religious group.