Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Scholars debate whether religious beliefs and practices promote or hinder human rights. In an article recently published in HRQ, Cingranelli and Kalmick present evidence suggesting that religion is an "enemy" of human rights. They conduct regression analyses showing that frequent religious service attendance and Muslim-majority status are associated with worse human rights practices. This reply challenges their core theoretical arguments and empirical findings. Our attempts to replicate their analyses produced little evidence that religion is detrimental to human rights. Additionally, our findings revealed that the negative Muslim-majority effect is largely localized to Middle Eastern countries.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1085-794X
Print ISSN
0275-0392
Pages
pp. 902-932
Launched on MUSE
2020-11-20
Open Access
No
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