Most Americans say religious leaders act unethically at least some of the time

St. Patrick Cathedral – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

St. Patrick Cathedral – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Source: Pew Research Forum

Roughly seven-in-ten Americans say that religious leaders behave unethically at least some of the time, according to a new Pew Research Center survey about trust in those in positions of power and responsibility. Meanwhile, about half of U.S. adults say religious leaders rarely or never admit mistakes and take responsibility for them. Views about unethical behavior shape the way Americans think about other parts of religious leaders’ jobs: Those who say religious leaders rarely admit and take responsibility for mistakes give the leaders lower ratings, on average, when it comes to providing fair and accurate information to the public and handling resources responsibly.

Suggested reading and listening

Dr. Zia H Shah’s interview by Voice of Islam: Is Morality Objective or Subjective?

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