Poll: Christians Are Much More Likely to Condone Violence Than Muslims or Atheists

Preface: I personally come from a Judeo-Christian background, and am not Muslim. This post is not criticizing Christians as whole as being violent, nor to promote atheism or any particular religion.

As Christian writer and psychiatrist M. Scott Peck explained, there are different stages of spiritual maturity. Fundamentalism – whether it be Muslim, Christian, Jewish or Hindu fundamentalism – is an immature stage of development. There are peaceful, contemplative Muslim sects – think the poet Rumi and the whirling dervish Sufis – and violent sects, just as there are contemplative Christian orders and violent Christian groups (and peaceful and violent atheists).


Muslims do not hold a monopoly on terrorism, as the Norwegian mass murderer, Timothy McVeigh, Adolph Hitler and those pushing for nuclear war against Arab countries (and torture of Arab suspects) show.

The Egyptian revolution demonstrated that most Arabic peoples want the same things we do: a freedom, prosperity and stability.

A major new poll reinforces these facts.

As Raw Story reports today:

New data from polling firm Gallup shows that out of all the religious groups in the U.S., Muslims are most likely to reject violence, followed by the non-religious atheists and agnostics.

Through interviews with 2,482 Americans, Gallup found that 78 percent of Muslims believe violence which kills civilians is never justified, whereas just 38 percent of Protestant Christians and 39 percent of Catholics agreed with that sentiment. Fifty-six percent of atheists answered similarly.

When Gallup put the question a bit more pointedly, asking if it would be justified for “an individual person or a small group of persons to target and kill civilians,” the responses were a bit more uniform. Respondents from nearly all groups were widely opposed to such tactics, with Protestants and Catholics at 71 percent against. Muslims still had the highest number opposed, at 89 percent. Seventy-six percent of atheists were also opposed.

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  • Phil

    Your comment is taking semi-factual data without explanation of who or why?

    First, the American people in general are ignorant when it comes to politics or religion. Look at that Azz Hole who went into the Sikh temple killing rag-heads. There are rag-heads who are foaming at the mouth Muslims, and there are rag-head cow-worshipping Hindus. The point is most Americans are ignorant even the ones who read politics, who are minorities.

    Christianity in the US has never been organized as us Christians against them Jews or Muslims. On the other hand, both Muslims and Jews have been organized as us against them.

    Finally, during the Reagan “silent majority” campaign, he tricked the voters into voting for him because he was a “CHRISTIAN”, AND HE WAS GOING TO BRING BACK PRAYERS IN SCHOOLS. Of course he never went to church, and was simply playing politics with simple minded ignorant population. The organization of evangelicals, and right wing politicians, however, continued to capitalize on the resurgence of “Christian” identity. The Israeli Zionist lobby, who hate the Christians, managed to usurp the movement. Now American Christianity means 1- supporting Israel in a fascist way, 2- opposing Abortion in a militant way. These ignorant Christians do not represent Christianity. But, like every other thing in America, everything is manipulated, and has hidden agenda, and the public at large are lied to routinely by their leaders. The concept of free press is a myth. The public at large are simply a bunch of robots that response only to the main-stream press. They have been programmed to dismiss conspiracies by the conspirators.

  • Jeffrey Hardin

    This is an absolute lie! Proof plus is the fact that you don’t see Christians going around killing people you! But you do however as a fact are seeing Muslims slaughtering people including those in their own family! Lying propagandist Jihadi BS is what this article is, only a fool would believe such rubbage!

    • Trevor Gowe

      You’re not very bright are you?

      • He’s brighter than you, that’s for sure.