A new study conducted in England and Wales has found that prejudice around religion, rather than on race or xenophobia, is the “final frontier” for diversity, where individuals are prepared to express negative attitudes.
The study, “How We Get Along: The Diversity Study of England and Wales 2020,” published by the UK-based Woolf Institute, said attitudes between faith groups are more harmful than between ethnic and national groups.
“Religious prejudice, rather than racism or xenophobia, is the ‘final frontier’ for diversity, a place where individuals are willing to express negative attitudes,” said the study.
The word ‘Muslim’ appears to trigger more negative sentiment than the word ‘Pakistani’ the report found.
While about 75 percent of people in England and Wales are comfortable with a close relative marrying an Asian or Black person (70 percent and 74 percent), fewer than half (44 percent) are comfortable with the idea of a close relative marrying a Muslim.
Woolf Institute says it combines teaching, scholarship, and outreach, focusing on Jews, Christians, and Muslims, to encourage tolerance and foster understanding between people of all beliefs. With this survey, the institute sought to find out what people think of their neighbours and others. It looked at race, religion, and immigration, what divides people and what brings them together.
It also examined if they share the same experiences of the diverse everyday world around them.
“Or is diversity something other people do? These are some of the questions that motivated the Woolf Institute to produce How We Get Along: The Diversity Study of England and Wales 2020,” the institute said.
The study is the largest known study of diversity undertaken in the United Kingdom said the institute.
Source: Ecumenical News
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