The Pew Research Center just released the results of a new survey on the American Muslim experience, and the findings are pretty much what you’d expect, unfortunately: A majority of American Muslims feel they face a lot of discrimination in the United States, they say life hasn’t become any easier for American Muslims in recent years and they’re understandably worried about President Donald Trump.
I was born in the United States, as were my parents and three-quarters of my grandparents. I was educated at public schools, I pay taxes and I vote. I’ve spent most of my adult life working as a journalist and now for an organization that advocates for religious freedom, so you could say I live and breathe the First Amendment.
But according to a third of my fellow citizens, I’m not “truly American” because I’m not a Christian.
As I watched the election results come in last week, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. Everyone had gotten it wrong, from research centers to media polls to political pundits. I thought to myself, how could America elect a man who ran a campaign anchored in so much hateful rhetoric?
So I waited for the election data. And when I saw this article from Pew Research Center, I can’t say I was surprised.
Religiously unaffiliated Americans are on the rise, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest Religious Landscape Study. Roughly 56 million Americans now identify themselves as agnostic, atheist or “nothing in particular.” That’s more than 22 percent of the population.