Nonsequitur: Intolerance in the United States
March 31, 2015
Religious Freedom Restoration Act laws, currently active in 20 states, and under Federal Law, may or may not lead to discrimination against the LGBT community. (There is a pretty good discussion of RFRAs here.) But there is NO doubt that intolerance towards believers of various religious faiths is increasing within the United States.
The Pew Research Center’s 2012 study, the Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion, not only reported a world-wide increase in government restrictions and social hostilities toward members of faith, but an increase in government restrictions and social hostilities within the US. In both indexes, the US was moved from a “low” measure to “moderate” measure of intolerance. Pew’s most recent study of hostilities towards religions and followers (2015) shows that the US is still listed as “moderate” for government restrictions and social hostilities towards religious believers.