Half of Americans say Bible should influence US laws

16 April 2020

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The U.S. Constitution does not mention the Bible, God, Jesus or Christianity. Even the First Amendment clarifies that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Still, conservative Christians constantly claim that God wrote the Constitution or that it was divinely inspired.

In a new poll by Pew Research Center almost half of Americans say the Bible should influence laws in the United States to some degree – and almost a quarter say it should have significant sway.

Today, about half of Americans (49%) say the Bible should have at least “some” influence on U.S. laws, including nearly a quarter (23%) who say it should have “a great deal” of influence, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Among U.S. Christians, two-thirds (68%) want the Bible to influence U.S. laws at least some, and among white evangelical Protestants, this figure rises to about nine-in-ten (89%).

At the other end of the spectrum, there’s broad opposition to biblical influence on U.S. laws among religiously unaffiliated Americans, also known as religious “nones,” who identify as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.” Roughly three-quarters in this group (78%) say the Bible should hold little to no sway, including 86% of self-described atheists who say the Bible should not influence U.S. legislation at all. Two-thirds of U.S. Jews, as well, think the Bible should have not much or should have no influence on laws.

There also are differences on this question by age and political party. Older Americans are much more likely than younger adults to want biblical influence on U.S. laws, while Republicans – by a two-to-one margin – are more likely than Democrats to do so.

Startling statistics from a 2017 study by Pew Research found that nearly a third of Americans say that being “truly American” means subscribing to the Christian faith. In a country that is majority Christian, the researchers said, “The public is divided over whether one has to be Christian in order to be considered American, with roughly a third saying it is very important and another third saying it is not at all important.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. How would that even work? Christian themselves cannot even agree on what Christianity is. They can't even agree on what the Bible means. They all think their doctrine is right and all others are wrong. If you want to see a brawl just get a Calvinist and an Arminian together in the same room. And what about open disgust for another group? Ask a Catholic what they think of Protestants.

    Have I made my point yet?

  2. What exactly are these people talking about? Everything good in this book, society already has in place and working well. The only other things I can think of is the Gays. I will not one of these numbnuts can point to anything specific they want included in the bible.

  3. 10 commandments plus later teachings of Jesus Christ are the foundations upon which Western Civilisation created it's Laws.
    This article fails to recognise this.

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