Some 60% of Coloradans now feel their religious freedom is being threatened by the prevailing political and cultural forces in America over the past 20 years, according to a new survey done for Centennial Institute by SmartVoice.com.
These fears have intensified with recent events, including the federal government mandate for many religious organizations (who provide health insurance plans) to include contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization coverage for their employees.
Hobby Lobby, a Christian-based arts and crafts company, faces a daily $1.2 million fine for non-compliance with the same requirement. Labor unions have been disproportionately granted Obamacare waivers arousing concerns about fairness and religious freedom in the minds of the American public.
The survey also asked whether economic and political rights, religious freedom, or tolerance was the most important value to Coloradans. Over 57% of those surveyed said religious freedom was the most important value, followed by tolerance (25%) and economic/political rights (17%.)
Among the survey respondents, 66% identified themselves as Christian (Protestant or Catholic) while 16% identified as "other", 15% stated no religious preference, 2% were Muslims, and 1% were Jewish. Clearly, the issue of religious freedom is on most people's minds today, irrespective of religious affiliation.
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Institutions of civil society, not activist government, play the biggest role in making America a better place for everyone, according to Coloradans who claim a religious faith and came of age before the 1980s. This is the conclusion from a statewide public opinion survey taken for Colorado Christian University by Smartvoice.com.
John Andrews, Director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University
Christopher Leland, PhD, Professor of Communications and Director of Debate, Colorado Christian University
Gregory Schaller, MA, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Colorado Christian University
Kevin Miller, MBA, Executive in Residence and Professor of Business, Colorado Christian University
Barry Clark, Founder and President, SmartVoice.com
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