The 1965 Immigration and Nationalization act opened the doors to world religions.
Amplifications in 1986, right before the release of The Last Temptation.
Today, there are more Muslims than Episcopalians or Presbyterians, as many as there are Jews, about 6 million. There are about 4 million Buddhists (3)
Today, there are more Muslims than Episcopalians or Presbyterians, as many as there are Jews, about 6 million. (3)
As we enter a new millennium, Americans are in the process of discovering who "we" are anew. (10)
...america's burgeoning interfaith movement...
Harvard's new multi religious groups. (14-16)
Locations of new temples. (20-21)
Perhaps nowhere in the world is it more interesting to study the process of dynamic religious change in this new century than in America. (22)
[american] Christianity is dynamic and multivocal...
The engine of immigration has plowed up another deep-seated contradiction in the mind of many Americans: the coexistence of commitment of religious liberty with deep structures of Chrostian entitlement and ideological Christian exclusivism. (46)
For exclusiveits, the answer to the tumultuous influx of cultural and religious diversity, which seemed to threaten the very core civilization of America, was to close the door, especially against the entry of the truly "alien," whether Asians, Carholics, or Jews. The message, in brief, was stay home, or go home, or in any case be excluded from the table of participation here in America... For the exclusivist, the oneness of the UNUM plrequires the exclusion of those who are different. The manyness of too muc difference poses a threat to oneness. (47)
In 2001,Around a million Muslims in New York City area. (65)