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LifeWay: Most Pastors Think Negatively of Islam


According to data collected by LifeWay Research and reported by The Christian Post, most Protestant pastors in the U.S. have a negative view of Islam. When asked if they agreed with Franklin Graham’s controversial statement that Islam is an “evil” religion, more than half of the Protestant church leaders surveyed said yes. More than 40% said Islam promotes violence and is inherently dangerous. 69% of surveyed pastors disagreed that “Christians and Muslims pray to the same God,” and 42% said Islam promotes violence. A whopping 82% said Islam is “fundamentally different from Christianity.” But regardless of their expressed views about Islam, 6 in 10 church leaders agreed that Christianity and Islam should seek to co-exist in America. In a Gallup survey taken near the end of 2009, 43% of Americans admitted to feeling at least “a little” prejudice toward Muslims. Half that number said the same about Christians (18%), Jews (15%) and Buddhists (14%).