Shift in support for same-sex marriage greatest among black Protestants

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  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 24, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    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.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    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.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    March 24, 2014 6:45 a.m.

    "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.