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Deep roots yield respect, openness

People with strong congregational ties are not only more tolerant of other faiths but actively seek out members of other traditions, a study finds.

Gallup, which calls such a perspective "integration," found that 52 percent of those engaged in their congregations seek out, respect and learn from adherents of other faiths. They also were more likely to feel respected by members of other faith communities. Another 36 percent are "tolerant" — with a live-and-let-live attitude toward other faiths.

"Over the years, our research has shown that the more secure and rooted individuals are in their own faith traditions and within their own congregations, the more open they are to those of other faiths," said Gallup's Albert L. Winseman in a Web summit hosted by the polling organization.


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