I’ve said this before, but it’s a mixed bag for me that so many Christians treat gay people the way they do.
On one side, they’re pushing gay people (and many liberal allies) away from their churches and faith. And that’s a plus.
On the down side, they hurt many gay people in the process. And I wish that didn’t happen.
But times are changing and the likes of bigots like James Dobson and Rick Warren and Pat Robertson and all those anti-gay Christian leaders (who secretly have gay sex) are losing their power.
Gallup polled Americans on their “perceived moral acceptability of gay/lesbian relations” and the trend is in the right direction:
Acceptance of gay/lesbian relations are above 50% for the first time.
Catholics, moderates, and independents showed the largest increases in support of gay relations:
The religious grouping with the biggest increase in moral acceptance: Catholics, with a 16 point gain in tolerance since the hierarchy decided to demonize gays and banish them from the seminaries. Keep it up, your Holiness. And the issue of homosexuality isolates Republicans from Independents more than any other issue I’ve seen: 61 percent of Independents and Democrats alike see gay relationships as morally acceptable; only 35 percent of Republicans do. And the moderates are changing twice as quickly as Republicans.
We’re getting to a point where Republicans will find it increasingly difficult to demonize gay people in order to galvanize their base.
We’re not there yet, but it’s happening.
The more Christians push an anti-gay agenda, the faster intelligent younger Christians will move away from them (and hopefully see the problem with religion in general).
It’s pretty fun watching conservative Christians self-destruct because of their own homophobia.