Islam, the fastest growing religion in America
Indonesian student of international relations Anisa Widya Lestari, 20, holds a US flag as visitors watch US presidential elections. (AFP/Romeo Gacad)
When you hear about the number of Muslims in the US, it may sound pretty insignificant: Americans who identified as Muslim in 2014 totaled less than 1 percent. But the big picture is, it's growing — and fast.
In just seven years Muslims became 0.4 percent to 0.9 percent of Americans in the study. That's more than a 50 percent increase.
Don't get it wrong, Christianity is still by far the dominant religion in the US, with seven in ten Americans identifying in the majority. But a new study by the Pew Research Center shows there's been a major drop in the past seven years, as Americans of religious minorities, or with no religious affiliation at all, grow.
Who are the people making the shift? The most significant population is young people, but the Pew Reseach Center says the change is happening across the board, regardless of ethnicity, gender or age. More people are also marrying into families of different faiths.
Many Muslims in the Middle East have fears of discrimination and hate crimes in America. Well, the religious lanscape in the US is changing, and who knows what it'll look like in ten years.Follow @AlBawaba_loop
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