White evangelical Protestants think they face more discrimination than Muslims –PRRI poll

A majority of white evangelical Protestants in the United States believe that Christians face more discrimination nowadays compared to Muslims. However, most people think the latter are more discriminated against, based on the results of a new study.

(REUTERS / Rick Wilking)A woman prays during a song at a gathering of pastors at an American Renewal Project dinner in Westminster, Colorado October 23, 2014.

Last month, the Public Religion Research Institute asked Americans about their thoughts on the discrimination that Christians and Muslims face. Their responses were radically different, with most of them twice as likely to point to Muslims as the religious group that faces more discrimination, The Atlantic details.

However, white evangelicals stood out in the survey, with 57 percent from the group saying Christians in the U.S. face quite a number of discrimination. Only 44 percent of them agreed that Muslims face more discrimination.

The Atlantic notes that "discrimination" may constitute of various instances of vandalism, intimidation, and assault. When quantified under such hate crimes, Muslims are the ones who face more discrimination because 22 percent of these crimes happen to them and only 13.6 percent target Christian denominations.

The publication suggests that aside from hate crimes, U.S. President Donald Trump's policies have affected white evangelicals' views on discrimination. Among the issues that have shaped their thinking are LGBT issues, same-sex marriage, gender identity, and court decisions in discrimination cases.

Although the PRRI survey results do not really explain the source of Americans' perceptions of bigotry, it reveals that white evangelicals are the only ones whose views on the issue are different from the rest of the religious groups.

In June 2016, a PRRI/Brookings Institution survey on immigration revealed that 59 percent of white evangelicals think that the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation. This figure is up by 11 points from just 48 percent in 2012, The Houston Chronicle reports.

The PRRI/Brookings survey also showed that white evangelical Protestants are the ones who are "most nostalgic" about the 1950s. Most Americans, however, agree that their country is headed to the wrong direction and 57 percent of the respondents believe they should exert effort to maintain their values amid the changing culture.