As President Obama seeks to ramp up military action against the terrorist group ISIS, Americans are unsure of Islam’s place in the United States, a LifeWay Research survey shows, as reported by Baptist Press.
37 percent of Americans say they are worried about Sharia law — an Islamic legal and moral code — being applied in America.
Roughly 1 in 4 Americans (27 percent) believe the terrorist group ISIS reflects the true nature of Islam.
4 in 10 (43 percent) believe Islam can create a peaceful society.
Most Protestant senior pastors (76 percent) say they support military action against ISIS.
Those are among the results of two surveys of 1,000 Americans each, along with a survey of 1,000 senior pastors of Protestant churches, from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
“ISIS has stirred an odd religious debate in America today,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research.
A terrorist attack on a satirical magazine in Paris last month and the rise of ISIS have possibly renewed concerns over extremist versions of Islam. In particular, ISIS is known for its brutality. The shooting deaths of three Muslim Americans in North Carolina recently has also made headlines and caused concern about possible backlash against Muslims.