They are easily among the most positive of Christian denominations: 42 percent in favor, 48 percent against in the new Pew poll (compared with 14 percent in favor and 81 percent against among white evangelicals). While that cannot please the Vatican, it reflects my own experience of tolerance, acceptance and a commitment to social justice in the pews.

[Update: The first version of this post didn't mention the fact that mainline Protestants are in the same ballpark of tolerance.]

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