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Account for this increase in the number of a religious groups lobbying.
The -- little Washington DC.
What one is this is the growing pluralism of religious life in America it seems that every religious group.
Feels it has to have a place at the -- table and having a Washington office.
There's a way to signify that they have -- so in addition to Catholic and Protestant and evangelical and Jewish groups.
We -- have numerous Muslim sikh Hindu behind.
And so forth but in addition I think just a growing reach of the federal government has caused a lot of religious groups to feel like -- have to be there.
To protect their interest and their concerns.
And finally I just think that it the global role of the United States has a little lot of groups with concerns about issues abroad to be engaged in religious advocacy on behalf.
Of their Brothers and sisters around the globe.
We have a pie chart up right now the doctor -- giving the breakdown of the religious affiliation and you can see there.
Maybe you can't see their but I quit my upper Sinclair is -- religious groups but that's -- at 19% Catholic.
And 12% Jewish 8% Muslim what strikes you most about these numbers.
Well well first of all I think with striking.
Is that he had a tremendous range and diversity.
And I think the fact that so many are into religious.
And and finally I think it's notable that seventeen.
They're seventeen Muslim groups.
India in -- nation's capital and often competing with one another.
For a representing the Muslim -- so.
Not only do we have a wide range of different religions but we have diversity within the religious community.
But also in this far outpaced their percentage.
It the United States.
Yes that bit there -- that that the Jewish and Muslim groups so I do outpace.
On the percentages in the United States and that's an interesting feature.
I think the Jewish groups are are more institutionalize.
But the Muslim groups are coming alone.
So it is is when you you brought this point before but in society means changing so much since becoming less religious in terms of do you religious groups feel.
That they're being targeted -- they have more to fear from.
That civil society than they ever did before.
I think that's true for some organizations.
Are clearly there are some groups that far because they felt threatened by trends in secular society.
Where they felt threatened by government policies.
But that's certainly isn't the only motivation or perhaps even the prime motivation because one of the things I found.
As I read the mission statements which are all online so people can actually read the mission statements -- -- 200 trips.
Is that they really are motivated by religious values they want to bring their religious principles in the public policy.
You know one thing is that AMP illusions -- -- not to long ago was that in the 1950s and sixties you know secular society really reflected.
And the religious beliefs -- anybody is in terms of like on social issues on -- economic issues even now.
Even then -- but now you see there's a split.
That secular society is sort of gone a different direction in terms of what it believes and then the religious groups are still kind of try to whole -- To those values it do you do you see that kind of -- as part of this reason as well.
I think you do see it among a number of the groups are some of the groups that are concerned about traditional marriage or about.
-- religion in the media about religious freedom.
I certainly -- -- been a number of groups formed to protect religious freedom both at home and around the world.
Reflecting the concern that there are assaults on not a religious liberties.
You know what things that's interesting is how they break down sort of -- they have to do -- other issues some of our domestic issues and some of them -- international issues.
Ain't gonna talk about that because it -- a domestic issues -- with our which we expect but -- the national issues aren't what we'd expect either.
Well is fascinating really the that the public policy the agenda of the religious groups is incredibly broad some 300 different issues we identified.
And they run the full gamut of that the domestic concerns from environmental poverty to the budget.
What's notable is how much human rights and development are part of the agenda so issues like aids in Africa human rights.
Those kinds of issues are poverty are extremely important to move though the religious community.
And that's in part because the religious community is so deeply embedded in the global scene -- international relief and development groups human rights groups mission organizations.
-- so that -- the issue agenda reflects the reach.
Of religious communities around the world.
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