Where the Public Stands on Religious Liberty vs. Nondiscrimination

Sep 30, 2016

By Pew Research Center Staff

The U.S. public expresses a clear consensus on the contentious question of whether employers who have religious objections to contraception should be required to provide it in health insurance plans for their employees. Fully two-thirds of American adults say such businesses should be required to cover birth control as part of their employees’ insurance plans, according to a new Pew Research Center survey, while just three-in-ten say businesses should be allowed to refuse to cover contraception for religious reasons.

The survey of more than 4,500 U.S. adults explores recent controversies that have pitted claims of religious liberty and traditional morality against civil rights and nondiscrimination policies. And it finds that Americans are more closely divided on two other hotly debated questions: whether businesses should be able to refuse service to same-sex couples, and whether transgender people should be required to use particular restrooms.

About half of U.S. adults (49%) say businesses that provide wedding services, such as catering or flowers, should be required to provide those services to same-sex couples as they would for any other couple. But a nearly equal share (48%) say businesses should be able to refuse services to same-sex couples if the business owner has religious objections to homosexuality.


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5 comments on “Where the Public Stands on Religious Liberty vs. Nondiscrimination

  • The objections that Christians have to contraceptives is simple: they object to women having sex for only pleasure. That is the ONLY reason for all their objections to contraceptives. But people are not rats or rabbits. Most consensual sex can be a social lubricant that tends to hold relationships to gather peacefully. Religious leaders know that everyone has a sex drive and people need sex occasionally and some people need it very frequently. So the “leaders” claim that sex only for pleasure is a “sin” too control peoples lives. And how successful they are!

    Religious leaders want to control peoples’ behavior, NOT to help people to get to some delusionary heaven. It is tragic to see so many people that are sucked into this lie !!



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  • @OP – About half of U.S. adults (49%) say businesses that provide wedding services, such as catering or flowers, should be required to provide those services to same-sex couples as they would for any other couple. But a nearly equal share (48%) say businesses should be able to refuse services to same-sex couples if the business owner has religious objections to homosexuality.

    The US is a society with lots of personal insecurity and people who want to assert some “authority” over others. – Possibly as self-reassurance as to status, or assertion of privilege.

    Opportunities to bully, pressurise ,or manipulate others are energetically sought, with positions in business or officialdom, used or abused for this purpose.
    It could also be the basis of the gun obsession.

    It provides lots of willing stooges for tribalistic religions and the rich ideologists of right-wing politics.



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  • But a nearly equal share (48%) say businesses should be able to refuse services to same-sex couples if the business owner has religious objections to homosexuality.

    This nothing short of madness and the height of stupidity. As I said on another thread, a religious person, according to this logic, should be able to discriminate against just about everyone: non-believers, gays, people who go to doctors, divorced people, people who have pre-marital sex, etc. The number of religions out there is large and the number of things that are frowned upon or not allowed by these religions is endless.

    Pence doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state. It was quite clear. He should get the hell out of here and move to….wherever.



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  • Unless bakers and photographers want to inquire into the personal lives of every customer before selling any services, they are inconsistent and have and inflated view of their part in the weddings. A wedding cake is not a sacrement. It’s a snack. A photograph is not a holy icon. It is a memento.



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  • Discrimination and religious demands, seem to be a characteristic of many religions where religious majorities dominate!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/37583319

    Far-right nationalists have forced Bollywood star Nawazuddin Siddiqui to cancel his performance in a Hindu festival “because he is a Muslim”.

    Some members of the Shiv Sena said they were against “a Muslim actor going on stage in a Ramlila”, a theatre festival based on the Hindu religious epic Ramayana and performed across India.

    The actor had said performing in the Ramlila was “his childhood dream”.

    The Shiv Sena often resorts to violence and threats to push its agenda.

    The dramatic folk re-enactment of Hindu god Ram’s victory over the 10-headed demon king Ravana celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

    Villages across India stage their own performances, and spend a long time rehearsing and preparing for the event.

    Siddiqui, who was performing the Ramlila in his village Budhana in northern Uttar Pradesh state, was forced to cancel his appearance minutes before going on stage, after the Shiv Sena told organisers that they did not want him to act.

    “In the 50-60 year history of the Budhana Ramlila, no Muslim artist has set foot on the stage. We couldn’t allow that now. It’s about tradition,” Shiv Sena member Mukesh Sharma told The Times of India.

    Siddiqui has said however, that he is confident of performing in the Ramlila next year.

    The Shiv Sena party is a junior coalition partner in the western Maharashtra state government, which is ruled by India’s governing BJP.

    The party was founded in 1966 to keep south Indian migrants out of Maharashtra state and to halt the spread of Islam.

    Over time, it has acquired a reputation for promoting religious and ethnic chauvinism while allegedly targeting minorities, especially Muslims.



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