And once again we have those who claim to be Christian stating that those who
disagree with them are not "real" Christians.And people
wonder why so many people are choosing not to attend church.
Article: "To Ellis, the new number 'doesn't sound
reasonable,' he said. 'If you count the SO-CALLED Protestants that do
not believe in the authority of scripture, then maybe so,' he added.
'But among those who take the Bible SERIOUSLY, I haven't seen any
change.'" [emphasis added]This rationalization has the
"No True Scotsman" logical fallacy painted all over it. It is
reminiscent of the line attributed to NY Times critic Pauline Kael on
Nixon's election in 1972 ("I can’t believe Nixon won. I
don’t know anyone who voted for him."). He should mingle with the
masses more.Article: "Smith said he could not offer a specific
theory about the relatively 'flat' numbers for white evangelical
acceptance of same-sex marriage, which remained at 23 percent for this year and
last, after a fairly steady rise from 13 percent in 2001."Here's a plausible scenario to explain the "flat" numbers:
Evangelicals who support SSM are likely to leave the evangelical world. In
other words, evangelicals who support SSM no longer self-identify as
evangelicals. They leave the fold and identify as mainline Protestant or
somesuch. SSM support within evangelicalism remains constant and low.
"It just depends on folks who don't take the Bible seriously go along
with whatever's out there; they have no rudder," he said...No, we have a rudder, it just isn't the same rudder he has (and I must
say, his rudder is quite arrogant).Marriage equality is coming; get
used to it.