Poll: Majority of evangelicals support LGBT privileges

Friday, March 15, 2019
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

church congregation (rear view)Nationwide poll results released Tuesday reveal that most white evangelicals in the United States favor laws granting the LGBT community special privileges in the workforce, housing and public accommodations – in the name of so-called “anti-discrimination.”

The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) divulged that not only does the overwhelming majority of Americans favor so-called “LGBT protections,” but a notable majority of evangelicals are buying into the LGBT agenda, which has used slogans containing the words “equality” and “inclusion” to garner the American public’s support.

“Americans remain supportive of broad nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, [as] nearly seven in 10 (69 percent) Americans favor laws that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in the job market, public accommodations and housing,” the PPRI report informed. “White evangelical Protestants (54 percent) and Jehovah’s Witnesses (53 percent) are [the] least likely to support LGBT nondiscrimination protections, but even among these groups, support remains in majority territory.”

Left’s LGBT propaganda winning out?

Homosexual activists’ promotion of the LGBT lifestyle is permeating the values of Americans as new pro-LGBT legislation continues to pass, granting the LGBT community more and more legal privileges that force others to support them in financial matters and abide by special laws giving them more protections than the average citizen.

The release of PRRI’s 2018 American Values Atlas research project surveying more than 54,000 Americans from all 50 states came right as Congressional Democrats reintroduced the “Equality Act” on Wednesday.

Demographic breakdown

Breaking down LGBT support in America demographically, it was found that some groups favor LGBT privileges more than others.

“Younger Americans are 17 percentage points more likely than older Americans to say they support laws protecting LGBT people from various forms of discrimination,” PRRI’s Daniel Greenberg, Emma Beyer, Maxine Najle, Ph.D., Oyindamola Bola and Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., shared from the findings. “More than three-quarters (76 percent) of younger Americans (ages 18–29) favor such laws – compared to 59 percent of seniors (ages 65 and older).

When sorted by partisan groups and ideology, it was found that advocacy for LGBT nondiscrimination protections spreads from one side of the political spectrum to the other.

“Majorities of Democrats (79 percent), independents (70 percent) and Republicans (56 percent) say they favor laws that would shield LGBT people from various kinds of discrimination,” PRRI pointed out. “While support among Democrats and independents has remained relatively constant, Republican support for these provisions has fallen five percentage points over the past few years – down from 61 percent in 2015.”

More than three out of four leaning to the left and middle side of politics give a thumbs-up to LGBT privileges, while just over half of those on the right approve of the additional protections.

“Majorities of liberals (81 percent), moderates (76 percent), and conservatives (55 percent) all favor nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people,” PRRI informed. “Ideological differences are more pronounced among Democrats and independents than among Republicans, [and] the biggest intra-party divide is among Democrats: Liberal Democrats (87 percent) are likelier than moderate (76 percent) and conservative (61 percent) Democrats to favor nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBT people, [while] liberal (79 percent) and moderate (78 percent) independents are also likelier than conservative independents (58 percent) to support nondiscrimination protections.”

The further those in allegiance with the GOP and Democratic Party stand to the right, the more likely they are to stand on the side of biblical values on the LGBT issue.

“Notably, self-identified moderate Republicans (69 percent) are likelier than self-identified liberal Republicans (59 percent) or conservative Republicans (53 percent) to favor laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination,” PRRI researchers explained. “Conservative Democrats (61 percent) are about as likely as liberal Republicans (59 percent) to favor nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.”

When it comes to religion, ever major faith and denomination in the U.S. is now on board with the LGBT agenda when it comes to granting those practicing unbiblical sexual behaviors various special privileges while continuing their lifestyles in the workplace, housing and public accommodations.

“More than three-quarters of Americans who identify with New Age religions (86 percent), Jews (80 percent), Hindus (79 percent), religiously unaffiliated Americans (78 percent) and Buddhists (75 percent) support these protections,” the survey results indicate. “Similarly, robust majorities of Mormons (70 percent), Hispanic Catholics (72 percent), white mainline Protestants (71 percent), white Catholics (71 percent), other non-white Catholics (68 percent) and Americans who identify with other religions (67 percent) favor LGBT nondiscrimination protections, along with majorities of black Protestants (65 percent), other non-white Protestants (61 percent), Muslims (60 percent), Hispanic Protestants (60 percent), and Orthodox Christians (59 percent).”

Specific regions of the U.S. are more likely than others to support LGBT privileges.

“[R]esidents of New England states express the most robust support for laws designed to protect LGBT people from discrimination,” the PRRI survey found. “At least three-quarters of the residents of New Hampshire (81 percent), Vermont (77 percent), Connecticut (76 percent), Massachusetts (75 percent), and Rhode Island (73 percent) favor nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans.”

A huge dichotomy in the support of LGBT privileges was found when comparing those living in the West with those in the South.

“More than seven in 10 residents of several Western states – including Washington (75 percent), California (73 percent), New Mexico (73 percent), Colorado (72 percent), and Oregon (72 percent) – favor laws that would protect LGBT Americans from discrimination,” PRRI researchers stated. “Conversely, states with the lowest levels of support are primarily located in the South, where about six in 10 residents of West Virginia (63 percent), Oklahoma (62 percent), Mississippi (59 percent), Kentucky (59 percent), Alabama (59 percent), South Carolina (58 percent), and Arkansas (56 percent) say LGBT people should be legally protected from discrimination.”

LGBT gains privileges, Christians lose freedoms …

PRRI’s findings about evangelical support for LGBT privileges were questioned by one Christian legal nonprofit organization that argues Christian groups and businesses need exemptions from pro-LGBT laws to protect their biblical beliefs about gender and sexuality.

“All Americans should be treated with dignity and respect, and our laws should protect the freedoms of speech, religion and conscience of every citizen – no matter who they are,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Greg Baylor, who leads the firm’s Center for Religious Schools, told The Christian Post (CP). “Unfortunately, the polling presented by PRRI fails to accurately portray the views of conservative evangelicals and fails to reveal the implications of so-called ‘nondiscrimination’ laws.”

This assessment corroborated with findings published the previous year, which indicated that evangelicals are aware of LGBT privileges’ infringement on Christian’s religious freedom.

“[I]n 2017, LifeWay Research found through a survey of over 1,000 Americans that when issues of sexual freedom rights and religious freedom come under conflict, about 90 percent of white evangelicals believe religious freedom is more important,” CP’s Samuel Smith recounted. “In total, 68 percent of Protestants and 48 percent of Americans said the same.”

Baylor noted similar findings with another poll conducted by the Heritage Foundation – a conservative think tank.

“A majority of Americans do not support forcing transgender ideology on others – including parents, doctors, nurses, business owners, charities and women,” Baylor insisted.

But Christians could find it much more difficult to live their lives according to their faith in the near future.

“[B]efore Democrat lawmakers reintroduced the Equality Actin the House and Senate, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi previously vowed to pass the Equality Act in the Democrat-controlled House,” Smith stressed. “The legislation would ensure federal civil rights protections for members of the LGBT community. Although LGBT rights groups have praised the legislation, critics say that the bill does not include exemptions for religious objectors.”

PRRI researcher Maxine Najle was surprised that her organization’s findings show significant LGBT support from every group.

“Especially in these times – and with this sort of politically charged issue – to see this level of agreement is actually pretty striking,” Najle expressed, according to Religion News Service. “We found broad support from pretty much every demographic, from every state and every major religious group – even among the groups who are generally more conservative on these LGBT issues.”

Hard times ahead?

Serving as senior fellow in Christian ethics with the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Andrew Walker is concerned about the challenges new LGBT laws will pose for Christians.

“The Equality Act represents the most invasive threat to religious liberty ever proposed in America,” Walker argued, according to CP.

He contended that LGBT privileges will affect virtually every facet of evangelicals’ lives.

“Given that it touches areas of education, public accommodation, employment and federal funding – were it to pass – its sweeping effects on religious liberty, free speech and freedom of conscience would be both historic and also chilling,” Walker explained in an op-ed posted by the Gospel Coalition. “Its passage would sound the death knell for hopes of détente in the culture wars that pit conservative Christians against their LGBT neighbors. For progressives, it would be winner-takes-all. Virtually no area of American life would emerge unscathed from the Equality Act’s reach. No less significant would be the long-term effects of how the law would shape the moral imagination of future generations.”

Christian theologians agree about the degree to which LGBT laws can and will impede Christians from living out their beliefs.

“While Walker’s argument may sound a bit exaggerated to some, Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies at Boyce College in Kentucky, tweeted that Walker is not engaging in ‘alarmism,’” Smith pointed out. “Burk called Walker’s claim that the Equality Act represents the ‘most invasive threat’ to religious freedom ‘a fact.’ Baylor [said] that the more Americans learn about ‘coercive’ pieces of legislation like the Equality Act, the more they will see them as ‘threats to the fairness and freedom for all Americans.’”

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