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The American war on religion

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 17, 2008 | 1:32 pm

A new survey performed for the Anti-Defamation League, found that 61 percent of Americans think religion is under attack and 43 percent think a coordinated attack is being led by Hollywood and national media leaders.

“It shows that in this age of pervasive media and the widening availability of the Internet, many Americans still maintain a very parochial view toward the information age, and even believe in censorship to ‘protect morality,’” ADL national director Abe Foxman said in a statement. “If anything, it points to the need for a greater awareness of the fundamental role that the First Amendment has played in helping religious freedom in America to be sustained, and indeed, to flourish.”

The survey, “American Attitudes on Religion, Moral Values and Hollywood,” also found that 40 percent of Americans agree that “dangerous ideas should be banned from public school libraries” and 49 percent believe in the United States is becoming too tolerant of lifestyle choices.

Surprisingly, though, only 22 percent of Americans believe that Jews control Hollywood, while 63 percent disagree with that statement. Well, I guess not everyone reads The God Blog.

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