A new survey that shows Americans ranking Muslims as least deserving of religious freedom is disheartening, said an attorney who advocates for Muslims in central Ohio.

Romin Iqbal, staff attorney at the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the findings are especially troubling in light of recent decisions by the city of Columbus declining to make accommodations for a Muslim police-officer candidate who asked to wear a head scarf with her uniform.

"The numbers were troubling," Iqbal said of the survey. "Even when we have a non-significant percentage of Americans who believe it's not important for them to uphold the religious liberties of Muslims, that's something that is certainly concerning to us."

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