Steve Rice wrote: > And yet proportionately more US Christians are > fundamentalists than Muslims are fundamentalists > (terrorists, whatever). All dangerous Christian > (or Jewish) fundamentalists could be accommodated > in a fairly small prison; their muslim > "counterparts" would require a city. About 15% of global Muslim population have positive opinion about al-Qaeda. (Down from 25% 2 years ago.) Nearly all Christian fundamentalists live in the USA, where they make up one-quarter of the population. ___________________________________________________ source: http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?ReportID=253 Confidence in Osama bin Laden also has fallen in most Muslim countries in recent years. This is especially the case in Jordan, where just 24% express at least some confidence in bin Laden now, compared with 60% a year ago. A sizable number of Pakistanis (38%) continue to say they have at least some confidence in the al Qaeda leader to do the right thing regarding world affairs, but significantly fewer do so now than in May 2005 (51%). However, Nigeria's Muslims represent a conspicuous exception to this trend; 61% of Nigeria's Muslims say they have at least some confidence in bin Laden, up from 44% in 2003. ___________________________________________________ source: http://tinyurl.com/y6vfrx (New York Times) Defying predictions of widespread disillusionment, white evangelical and born-again Christians did not desert Republican Congressional candidates and they did not stay home, nationwide exit polls show. When it came to turnout, white evangelicals and born-again Christians made up about 24 percent of those who voted, compared with 23 percent in the 2004 election. And 70 percent of those white evangelical and born-again Christians voted for Republican Congressional candidates nationally, also little changed from the 72 percent who voted for such candidates in 2004. ___________________________________________________ source: http://www.alternet.org/story/36640/ According to the City University of New York Graduate Center's comprehensive American religious identification survey, the percentage of Americans who identify as Christians has actually fallen in recent years, from 86 percent in 1990 to 77 percent in 2001. The survey found that the largest growth, in both absolute and percentage terms, was among those who don't subscribe to any religion. Their numbers more than doubled, from 14.3 million in 1990, when they constituted 8 percent of the population, to 29.4 million in 2001, when they made up 14 percent. "The top three 'gainers' in America's vast religious marketplace appear to be Evangelical Christians, those describing themselves as Non-Denominational Christians and those who profess no religion," the survey found. (The percentage of other religious minorities remained small, totaling less than 4 percent of the population).