The good news: 48 percent of Americans still believe in the fundamental principles of freedom and tolerance upon which the nation was founded. The sad and frightening news: 44 percent do not.
A survey by Cornell University reveals that 44 percent of Americans support some sort of restrictions on the freedom of Muslim Americans simply because of their religious beliefs. More than a quarter believe that all Muslim Americans should be required to register their location with the federal government. Unsurprisingly, the people who hold these decidedly un-American views tend to identify themselves as "highly religious" and as supporters of the Republican party.
Memo to the 44 percent: you live in the United States of America, not the Christian States of America. The same freedoms that you enjoy, including the right to practice your religion without governmental interference, apply to others as well. Deal with it.
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