Religious Freedom an Area of Unity in Divided America

Religious Freedom an Area of Unity in Divided America
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In a year that has seen Americans polarized on a number of issues - the election, racial justice, how to best handle the pandemic - a new study shows one area of agreement.

The second annual Religious Freedom Index - released Tuesday by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty - finds that most Americans are broadly supportive of a wide array of religious freedoms. The study shows that, for a majority of Americans (60%), faith and religion are an essential component of identity - which helps explain why both Republicans and Democrats are widely supportive of religious freedom.

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