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For those of you who don't know, the Barna research group is a group that focuses on researching religious trends in America.  Although they are very DEFINITELY Christian and doing this for a Christian audience, they are also quite firm in their belief that in order to make good choices people need good, reliable information to base it on.  So they're pretty good about being as fair and accurate as they can in their research practices.

Their newest finding?  That in the last year, public opinion in America has swung quite dramatically in favor of immigration, diversity, and refugees, with most population segments adding at least 10% to their approval.  And practicing Christians who believe the US should welcome refugees more than doubled between 2016 and 2017, which is why there are currently more religious leaders across the board speaking to refugee and immigration issues.  (Evangelicals are the lone holdouts, surprise, surprise.)  For example, the Christian community is pretty much united in opposition to ending or limiting the DREAM program.  Even the Evangelicals agree there.

Unfortunately, the shift doesn't seem to be from racists, nationalists, and other right-wingers changing their minds.  Where the shift seems to be coming from is the people who were undecided a year ago moving towards open-mindedness, tolerance, and compassion.  So it's not that the whole country is moving towards tolerance, it's that the people in the middle are moving leftward on this issue.  Which is good, don't get me wrong!  It just means we've got our work cut out for us to reach out to the Evangelicals and the FOX newsers and all and help them see things in a different light.

(Obviously I'm not talking to people who aren't safe or wouldn't be safe if they tried to reach out, whether psychologically or physically.

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Date: 2017-09-20 05:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_rck
My main hesitation on reaching out to my in-laws directly is that they're both 75. Right now, they mostly don't talk about anything political with any of their kids or grandkids because they realize it will lead to fights. They tried to convince us the Terrible Things would happen if Obama won in 2008 but haven't said anything since.

Mainly, at this point, I just don't let them forget that our daughter's best friend is Muslim and the daughter of immigrants who have only recently become citizens. They like the girl and her parents and know how much the family has helped us with things like keeping Cordelia over night when I had surgery and helping her learn how to use the bus system. I'm not sure if it helps at all, but my in-laws are so very terrified of everything that Fox News tells them is Bad.

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Date: 2017-09-20 06:38 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
Every little bit of positive news helps. :)

I wonder if the Evangelicals are the whole bloc, or more the white Evangelicals over the Black?

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Date: 2017-09-20 09:28 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
I just read an article the other day that talked about the difference between the two (like the huge split in voting for/against Buttercup), though there's a tendency to lump them together. That's why it was on my mind.

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Date: 2017-09-20 11:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tielan
I don't suppose you have the link on you? I'd be interested in that, if you can find it again.

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Date: 2017-09-21 12:48 am (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
I think it was this one from 2015 at NPR, linked from this one on DailyKos (obvious bias is obvious, sorry).

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Date: 2017-09-21 12:51 am (UTC)
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
From: [personal profile] tielan
Thank you!

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Date: 2017-09-21 01:12 am (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
You're welcome. :)

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Date: 2017-09-21 12:00 am (UTC)
laurajv: Don't give me any wild ideas! (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurajv
I was just trying to think of the Evangelical churches around here, and the differences between them. The Black churches from what I think of as non-mainstream sects (such as Pentecostals) are mostly pretty established and have been around a while. They have their own buildings and families all attend, etc.

The white Evangelical churches tend to be based out of, like, rented office space in cheap districts and they focus on attracting college students.

I have no idea if this holds true in other cities in the US, but it is a very distinct divide where I am.

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Date: 2017-09-21 12:49 am (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
Absolutely no argument from me on that.

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Date: 2017-09-20 11:56 pm (UTC)
laurajv: Don't give me any wild ideas! (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurajv
My mom called me up today and ranted about some anti-immigration, anti-Muslim friends-of-a-friend, then complained about transphobia and about Fox News.

I can't quite figure out what happened to my mother, but...I think she might have been one of those on the fence people and what is going on has pushed her over. I don't know. It was a very odd conversation to have.

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