In a strange interpretation of the teachings of Jesus, a majority of white Protestant Christians support Donald Trump’s plan to stop Muslims from coming into the US.
A Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 62 percent of white evangelical protestants and 54 percent of white mainline protestants think the US should discriminate against people from Muslim-majority countries.
That’s in sharp contrast to other religious groups: 68 percent of black protestants and 62 percent of Hispanic Catholics oppose the ban. Americans with no religious affiliation rejected the temporary Muslim ban by the highest margins, at 74 percent.
The multifold problems with Donald Trump’s “plan” to temporarily ban Muslims from the US have been hashed out innumerable times during the election: it’s unconstitutional, counterproductive, and basically impossible to implement, to name just a few.
But the plan’s lack of grounding in reality should hardly dissuade the White Christians polled: an even larger majority would like to go back to the 1950s. According to the poll, three-quarters say America has gone gotten worse since that decade. Unsurprisingly, that view is not shared by majorities of other races: 65 percent of Hispanic Catholics say America has changed for the better.