The poll covered Americans in general, then broke down the stats by people overall and people who specifically self-identify as born-again, evangelical, or fundamentalist Christians.
Americans: 58% believe gay marriage is a civil right, 64% think gay marriage legalization is inevitable
The self-identified group (the ones who should all agree with the views of the SBC): less than 20% believe employers should be allowed to discriminate against gay employees, less than 40% believe landlords should be allowed to discriminate against gay tenants
Either that's a statistical anomaly with odds so great it would win the lottery, or 80% and 60% respectively of the members of SBC churches feel the same.
If it's the minority of members are so opposed to gay rights, why are the majority of members sitting by while that conference lobbies against them in Washington, preaches to their congregations to support anti-gay candidates, and counsels their congregation's pastors to teach anti-gay curriculum in Sunday school and bible study?
Wouldn't the logical choice be to either publicly denounce the leadership or to leave the denom for one more in line with their beliefs?
That would be the logical and honorable choice, but I imagine that it's easier said than done. Few people are willing to speak out against injustice, anyway, when the injustice is perpetrated by authority figures that are farther removed from them. I imagine that many people in those churches feel a community connection to it and that makes it difficult to speak out against what they imagine to be the majority. I think many people are willing to be honest in polls where they can maintain their anonymity, but may not feel safe enough to be able to openly express their beliefs like that. Plus, when we consider the authority and reverence that preachers are given, I'm sure it's a perfect storm for keeping those wishes for equality quiet. Not enough people are that brave.
Answer by jsbenkert at 7:08 PM on Mar. 12, 2013
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Answer by missanc at 9:18 PM on Mar. 12, 2013
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Answer by gdiamante at 1:03 AM on Mar. 13, 2013
I've witnessed what missanc is talking about above. In fact, one of my best friends has started attending church, even though she is atheist, because her husband would stand a better chance of advancement within his company if he attended the same church as his boss. Turns out she was right.
Answer by jsbenkert at 11:06 PM on Mar. 12, 2013
Answer by missanc at 9:37 AM on Mar. 13, 2013
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