African Americans are more religious

African Americans are more religious than other Americans, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has found.

No surprise, really. The “black church” has been a seminal institution in the black community since the days of slavery, offering spiritual and material sustenance through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the northern migration and on and on.

The Pew Forum has a very detailed breakdown HERE.

87% of African Americans belong to a religious group. 79% say that religion is very important in their lives (compared to 56% for all Americans).

Also, 88% are certain that God exists, 76% pray at least daily and 53% go to church at least once a week.

The church breakdown: 78% of African Americans are Protestants and 59% belong to the historically black churches. 5% are Catholic, 1% Jehovah’s Witness, 1% Muslim.

12% are unaffiliated (compared with 16% overall).

This is interesting: When it comes to politics, only 23% of African Americans describe themselves as liberal. 32% say they’re conservative, and 36% moderate.

46% of African Americans say homosexuality should be discouraged (compared to 40% overall).

Here are some findings on opposition to abortion (straight from the Pew Forum):

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.