UMC ban of intelligent design presenter an unpopular decision

Friday, January 29, 2016
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

UMC logo United Methodist ChurchAfter the Discovery Institute was banned from sponsoring an information table at the United Methodist Church's upcoming General Conference, a poll shows that a super-majority of Americans oppose the decision. 

UMC officials cited, among other things, a conflict with their "social principles' for banning the pro-intelligent design think tank.

Using SurveyMonkey Audience, Discovery Institute surveyed nearly 2,000 adults about the decision. The group's vice president, Dr. John West, tells OneNewsNow their findings.

West

"More than 70 percent of respondents said that they shouldn't have banned us, and more than 78 percent of the respondents agree that the Methodist Church's ban on us was inconsistent with their stated commitment to encourage 'open hearts, open minds, open doors,' which is sort of their slogan," he says.

He says the opinion was across the board.

"Virtually every group from differing beliefs about God, including those who are skeptical of belief in God and even half of the atheists, thought that we should have been allowed to present at the conference,” he says. “Also, two-thirds of Democrats, 70 percent of Independents and 77 percent of Republicans, so basically every demographic category, were pretty much opposed to what they've done and think that it is inconsistent with its own stated standards." 

He says that decision by the UMC shows that its leadership is out of touch with its congregants and the general public.

“United Methodist officials who want to prevent discussion about intelligent design in their denomination are not only out of step with their own membership, they are out of step with most Americans," he says.

Discovery Institute is asking people to voice their disagreement with this decision by taking action on their webpage. 

 

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