Whether Judaism, Christianity or Islam – in the case of the members of the different religions, democratic values and principles of a study initiated according to broad approval.

The vast majority of 89 percent of the population – across all religions – it keeps the democracy in Germany is a good form of government. This is the result of one of the Bertelsmann Foundation published a study on the Basis of the representative “religion monitor”. In the case of religious tolerance, the investigation looks but deficits. Especially the Islam, it is difficult and is perceived by many to be negative.

With immigration and globalization has increased the religious diversity in Germany. Neither the plurality nor the degree of religiosity and the attitudes toward democracy affect according to the analysis. “Members no matter what Religion can be good Democrats,” said study author and sociologist of Religion, Gert Pickel.

On the duration of harmful for the democracy in dogmatic, rigid beliefs and intolerance of other religions, however, are. Here the study sees a cause for concern because: half of The respondents perceives Islam as a threat. In Eastern Germany, where few Muslims live, the reservations stronger than in the West. So 30 per cent in the East and 16 percent in the West, want to according to the survey, not Muslims as neighbors.

nd Such boundary, with negative attitudes could jeopardize the democratic political culture, warned pimples. Nationally, the number of Muslims is estimated at around five million, with 1.5 million living in all of the länder, the most in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The fairly widespread Islam-scepticism was not, however, necessarily equate with hostility towards Islam, stressed the Foundation’s expert Yasemin El-Menouar in Gütersloh. This, however, is definitely present at 13 percent of the population that wanted to stop the immigration of Muslims.

according to The study, the democratic culture is, in principle, as a stable, by the vast majority to be worn over the Foundation: Among Christians, 93 percent, among Muslims, 91 percent favour, under the denomination of 83 percent from the free for democracy.

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