Poll: Religious liberty a priority over 'gay rights'

Thursday, August 6, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A pro-family leader says a poll conducted last month indicates Americans are growing weary of the homosexual activist movement.

A national poll done by Caddell Associates (see below) shows almost three-quarters of Americans (71%) desire "a commonsense solution that both protects religious freedom and gay and lesbian couples from discrimination." Thus far, however, protection from such "discrimination" typically has come at the cost of religious freedom and freedom of conscience.

When asked which was more important – protecting religious liberty or protecting homosexual rights – voters by a 4-to-1 margin (31% to 8%) chose religious freedom. Most of the rest said both are important.

Read: Truce sought between LGBT, religion, but gays lose in 'culture war' 4-1
(Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner)

Survey of US Voters, Opinions on Religious Freedom

Peter LaBarbera, who heads Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, offers his take on the results of the Caddell survey, which was taken the week after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex "marriage" is a constitutional right.

LaBarbera, Peter"Americans overwhelmingly favor the right of people to exercise their conscience," he summarizes. "They do not believe, for example, that a Christian photographer should be forced by the state to go take pictures at a homosexual so-called wedding – and that's good news for America because this country was founded upon religious freedom."

When asked that specific question, 82 percent of those responding said the photographer should have the right to refuse.

Patrick Caddell also asked respondents whether it should be up to the federal government to determine what constitutes legitimate religious beliefs. "... [O]nly 11 percent agreed and a massive 79 percent disagreed. Indeed, even two-thirds of those on the 'left' of the segmentation disagreed," he wrote.

According to LaBarbera, the survey confirms that people are beginning to see a war on Christians – one he says is "coming specifically out of the homosexual activist movement."

"The movement is going to use gay marriage to force people to violate their beliefs – and Americans don't believe in that," he argues. "People are also getting tired of this in-your-face gay activism and now this transgender movement that is everywhere in the media – and they're saying enough is enough."

The pro-family spokesman says Americans must act to repeal sexual-orientation laws and gender-identity laws that he sees as the tools used to wage the war against people's freedom of conscience. He also says there's a need for the First Amendment Defense Act that declares those freedoms to come first.

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