Dimensions of Religious Free Exercise: Abstract Beliefs and Concrete Applications

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Based on a 1993 telephone survey of the greater Washington, D.C., area, the correlates of support for religious free exercise are investigated. Specifically, I consider sources of belief that religious principles should allow people to violate otherwise valid laws. I find that evangelicals and fundamentalists are generally supportive of the abstract principle of religious free exercise. However, many of these same characteristics are negatively related to support for concrete applications of the value of religious liberty.


American Politics | Political Science | Religion