Land use and attitudes will test America’s religious freedom
A Time magazine poll released Thursday found that 43 percent of Americans hold unfavorable views of Muslims, far outpacing the numbers for Mormons (29 percent), Catholics (17 percent), Jews (13 percent) and Protestants (13 percent). Twenty-five percent of those polled said most Muslims in the United States are not patriotic Americans. These attitudes go a long way in explaining some of what is going on in America these days when it comes to granting permits for religious organizations. A Washington Post article detailing a proposed mosque in Murphreesboro, TN offers a good example. These issues will be laid squarely on the desks of public officials who make decisions about how land is used in their jurisdictions.