Most Americans think their faith is not the only way to salvation and that there are different interpretations of their religious beliefs. But they also want their traditions to remain unchanged, according to a national study of religion released Monday.
According to U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 70 percent of Americans believe "many religions" can lead to eternal life. And 68 percent believe "there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of my religion…"
But most Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus favor "adjusting to new circumstances or adopting modern beliefs and practices…" (MORE)
For Muslims, the words come directly from the Quran, according to Dawud Walid, an assistant imam at the Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit, who also is the director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Michigan.
"According to Islamic teachings, all people should have the right to worship freely, as they choose," Walid said. "In particular, the Islamic faith has historically been more accommodating of Jews and Christians in this regard."