16 April 2020
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.
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. https://t.co/zOeZcIyhQq
— Pew Research Fact Tank (@FactTank) April 14, 2020
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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