Muslims are the fastest growing religious group in the world, which, in this day and age, is another fact we can expect the Trump administration to soon contort into another baseless claim that Islam is a threat to American culture. There’s plenty most of us don’t know about modern Muslims, who are more often villainized with ignorant comments stemming from president than they are seen as equals. Thankfully, a new, considerably large Pew study is here to clear the fog and misinformation surrounding the religion. Because the volume of information is so substantial, we’ve condensed it below.
MUSLIMS COMPRISE A QUARTER OF THE GLOBAL POPULATION
As of 2015, roughly 1.8 billion Muslims accounted for the world’s population, which is roughly one-quarter of the global population. The Muslim faith is second only to Christianity. However, as previously noted, Isam is the fastest growing religion and its followers will exceed the number of Christians by the end of this century. Most Muslims currently inhabit the Asia-Pacific region, with large populations in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey.
The reason Muslims are the fastest growing religion is based on two factors. One, Muslims traditionally bear more children than members of other religious groups. Two, at seven years younger than non-Muslims on average, they’re the youngest major religious group. As such, a greater percentage of Muslims are at the point in their lives to start having children and pass on their beliefs.
MUSLIMS MAKE UP ONLY ONE PERCENT OF THE U.S. POPULATION
Pew estimates 3.35 million Muslims live in the U.S., roughly one percent of the entire U.S. population. Two million are adults who immigrated to the country. By 2050, this statistic is expected to more than double. Muslims will soon comprise 2.1 percent of the U.S. population, surpassing those of Jewish faith. The number of immigrants being granted green cards has doubled from five percent in 1992 to 10 percent in 2012.
AMERICAN RESPECT ISLAM THE LEAST OF ANY RELIGION
A recent Pew survey asked Americans to rate different religious groups from zero to 100, where zero represented feelings of negativity and 100 was positive. Americans ranked Muslims 48, a figure similar to atheists, who were rated 50. Of all the religions in the survey, Muslims ranked lowest. When the nation was divided by political party, Republicans rated Muslims far lower than Democrats, 39 to 56, respectively.
HOW ISLAM IS POLITICIZED IN THE U.S.
Opinion toward Muslims is largely impacted by political beliefs. While half of Americans think some U.S. Muslims are anti-American, Republicans are twice as likely to be concerned about Islamic extremism (64 percent versus 30 percent). Republicans are also more likely to think the religion encourages violence, say Islam is not part of American culture and believe there’s a natural conflict between Islam and democracy.
MUSLIM AMERICANS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE DEMOCRATS
A survey of U.S. Muslims found that even though these civilians experience discrimination, they are proud to be American. However, Muslim Americans say it has become harder to practice their faith in the U.S. as of late. Forty-eight percent have experienced “at least” one incident of discrimination in the last year. Half say someone has expressed support. Generally speaking, more than half of Muslim Americans think most Americans are friendly toward the religion.
Concerning political and social views, U.S. Muslims are more likely to lean left (66 percent) than right (13 percent) and more than half–52 percent–say homosexuality should be accepted by society, a stark increase from 2011 (39 percent) and 2007 (27 percent).