A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in by Stephen Prothero

By Stephen Prothero

The U.S. has lengthy been defined as a country of immigrants, however it is usually a kingdom of religions during which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists reside and paintings aspect via aspect. This ebook explores that state of religions, concentrating on how 4 non secular communities—Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs—are shaping and, in flip, formed by way of American values.

For a iteration, students were documenting how the landmark laws that loosened immigration regulations in 1965 catalyzed the improvement of the U.S. as ''a kingdom of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, in addition to Christians,'' as superb courtroom Justice Tom Clark positioned it. The members to this quantity take U.S. non secular range no longer as a proposition to be proved yet because the truism it has turn into. Essays deal with no longer no matter if the us is a Christian or a multireligious nation—clearly, it really is both—but how spiritual variety is altering the general public values, rites, and associations of the country and the way these values, rites, and associations are affecting religions centuries outdated but rather new in the US. This dialog makes a huge contribution to the intensifying public debate in regards to the acceptable position of faith in American politics and society.

Contributors: Ihsan Bagby, collage of Kentucky Courtney Bender, Columbia college Stephen Dawson, wooded area, Virginia David Franz, collage of Virginia Hien Duc Do, San Jose kingdom collage James Davison Hunter, college of Virginia Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse college Gurinder Singh Mann, college of California, Santa Barbara Vasudha Narayanan, collage of Florida Stephen Prothero, Boston collage Omid Safi, Colgate collage Jennifer Snow, Pasadena, California Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia collage R. Stephen Warner, college of Illinois at Chicago Duncan Ryžken Williams, college of California, Berkeley

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Most mosque leaders, therefore, approach the political system not to give reverence to it but to protect their rights and use it to promote policies that reflect their values and interests. S. mosques. July 4 is a holiday in most Muslim organizations, but little celebration takes place. The tension between Muslims and the American system regarding moral values and policy issues remains real. Especially in the area of foreign policy, Muslims are upset with America’s strong support of Israel, war in Iraq, backing of corrupt regimes in the Middle East, and neglect of Kashmir and Chechnya.

Muslims previously entered the spotlight almost always in response to Middle Eastern political events such as the Iranian hostage crisis, the first Gulf" war, the rise of the Taliban, and the ongoing Palestine/Israel tragedy. However, the fact that the devastation of 9/n took place on American soil has resulted in a multiyear gaze at Muslims. This phenomenon is new and has radical consequences for all Muslims, including those with commitments to global justice and gender equality who are the main concern of this essay.

3 \ ‘‘America Is Immoral’’ by Predominant Ethnicity (Percentage Agreeing/Disagreeing with Statement) Ethnicity of Mosque African American Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree 39% 31 26 4 South Asian 23% 42 29 6 Arab 20% 48 24 8 South Asian and Arab 26% 41 27 6 All Others 28% 39 27 6 Note: N = 402. Not statistically significant. Islam in part because they were repulsed by the racism they experienced and the spiritual vacuum that they saw in American society. The African American Muslim community contains sharp internal di√erences between the American Society of Muslims (asm), which constitutes approximately 56 percent of all African American mosques, and the historically Sunni African American mosques (hsaam), which constitute about 44 percent of African American mosques.

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