Religion has always been a sensitive issue among many people. Religious beliefs incite strong emotions and when opposing views are held, fireworks tend to go off. What does Hollywood have to do with religion? According to a large number of Americans, religion is under attack from Hollywood. This was the result of a recently held poll title “American Attitudes on Religion, Moral Values and Hollywood.” The poll was carried out by the Marttila Communications Group and it involved 1,000 adults from all over the United States.
So what exactly are the findings of the poll? Reuters has this report:
— 61% of respondents agree that “religious values are under attack in this country,” while 36% disagree with that statement.
— 43% said that Hollywood and the national media are waging an organized campaign to “weaken the influence of religious values in this country.”
— 63% disagree with the statement that “the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews,” while only 22% agree with that point. When ADL conducted its first survey on anti-Semitic attitudes, in 1964, nearly half of the respondents believed that the television and film industries were run by Jews.
— Nearly 40% support the notion that “dangerous ideas should be banned from public school libraries,” and nearly the same number disagree with the statement that “censoring books is an old-fashioned idea.”
— Nearly half of those surveyed — 49% — believe that the United States is becoming “too tolerant in its acceptance of different ideas and lifestyles; 47% disagree with that statement.
What does this mean in practical terms? I have no idea except that maybe, just maybe, there will be a push for the incorporation of more religion in society. Now that for sure will open a whole new can of worms.