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WASHINGTON (RNS) A new survey finds the rapid shift toward favoring LGBT rights in the past decade has a wide impact on American religious and political life.


  1. Cathy: Good reporting. No editorializing from you, but I expect we’ll see some strong disagreement in the comments.

  2. Is it any surprise that culture will continue to drift farther and farther away from the Will of God? We were told this was going to happen.

      • Matt Westwood: You must hold multiple PHD’s in the study of God. The only way you could rationally dismiss the concept of God is if you know everything there is to know about Him. Otherwise your comment is itself quite irrational.

    • “We were told this was going to happen.”

      When every possible outcome is foretold – as in reading astrology, zodiac charts or Bible verses – the result is not something foretold but something “looking for a mark”.
      It is a parlor trick.

  3. As Americans drift farther away from religion, they drift closer to morality. A great example of social evolution.

    Religion is poison to humanity!

    • Funny, an atheist philosopher is boasting that under atheism there really is no basis for morality:
      “Why do I now accept hard atheism? I was struck by salient parallels between religion and morality, especially that both avail themselves of imperatives or commands, which are intended to apply universally. In the case of religion, and most obviously theism, these commands emanate from a Commander; “and this all people call God,” as Aquinas might have put it. The problem with theism is of course the shaky grounds for believing in God. But the problem with morality, I now maintain, is that it is in even worse shape than religion in this regard; for if there were a God, His issuing commands would make some kind of sense. But if there is no God, as of course atheists assert, then what sense could be made of there being commands of this sort? In sum, while theists take the obvious existence of moral commands to be a kind of proof of the existence of a Commander, i.e., God, I now take the non-existence of a Commander as a kind of proof that there are no Commands, i.e., morality.”

  4. The sooner we all understand
    that religion is a useless charade
    the sooner we
    will abandon it and treat each other
    with kindness.

    • “we
      will abandon it and treat each other
      with kindness.”


      Just like the Soviet Union did. And they murdered 40 million of their own people.

      • @Steve,
        Are you talking about Josef Stalin, the Orthodox Seminarian
        who placed himself in the Holy Position of Czar, one step and intermediary from God and with his sidekick produced “the miracles of Lysenko” here on earth – the most enormous fruits and vegetables thanks to the power of the Holy Czar, Josef Stalin?

        That is NOT Atheism.

        To this day there are Holy Icons of Stalin with a halo on his head on the walls of the Russian Orthodox Churches from Stalingrad to Siberia – by order of Stalin himself.

        Atheism is the lack of belief in a God.
        Not the replacement of oneself in the position of God!

        Please don’t think you can smear Atheism with that record.
        Stalin’s Russia was the worship of Stalin as a one true God, and it was death to all who wouldn’t obey. That is not Atheism.

      • @Steve,
        Let’s not do the body count tallies.
        The dead in the name of religion outnumber all the atheists in the world.

        • Hardly.

          The atheist countries murdered 100 million or more.

          Killing in the name Christ? Maybe a couple hundred thousand. Not that it makes it right.

          Anyway, we will all stand before Christ Jesus one day.

          But the great part about that is this;

          the One who will be your judge is the same one who died on the Cross for you.

          • @Steve, WOW!!!!

            You said,
            “Killing in the name Christ? Maybe a couple hundred thousand.
            Not that it makes it right”

            Know what? I simply can’t let you think that!

            500 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE DIED at the hands of Christians.

            War on Aids – 20 Million Dead – Catholics obstructed condoms over a 20 year period through their clinics as women begged to be saved from their husbands (“Aids is bad but condoms are worse” – the Pope)
            Spanish Inquisition – 900,000 dead – Catholic
            The Crusades – (1095 c.e. -1291 c.e.) 2 Million dead – Catholics
            Anti-Semitism – 5 millions dead over 2000 years excluding the Holocaust
            Witch Hunts – 500,000 dead
            Ireland – 600,000 dead (Catholic vs. Protestant)
            Rwanda 1994 (Catholic Facists killed 1,000,000 with machetes)
            Boznia-Herzegovina (Catholic Facists)
            The Ivory Coast civil wars (Catholic Facists)
            Franco, the Spanish Civil War (Catholic Facists)
            Cypriat War (Catholics)
            East Timor civil war
            Sri Lankan civil war
            Syria vs. Israel
            Kashmir civil war
            Chechnya civil war
            Thirty Years War (Protestants VS. Catholics)
            WW1 – War of Christendom (37 Million dead)
            WW2 Nazi Anti-Semitism, “Gott Mit Uns” Axis powers – 50 Million dead
            • Albigensian Crusade, 1208-49
            • Algeria, 1992-
            • Baha’is, 1848-54
            • Bosnia, 1992-95
            • Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901
            • Christian Romans, 30-313 CE
            • Croatia, 1991-92
            • English Civil War, 1642-46
            • Huguenot Wars, 1562-1598
            • India, 1992-2002
            • India: Suttee & Thugs
            • Indo-Pakistani Partition, 1947
            • Iran, Islamic Republic, 1979-
            • Iraq, Shiites, 1991-92
            • Jews, 1348
            • Jonestown, 1978
            • Lebanon 1860 / 1975-92
            • Molucca Is., 1999-
            • Mongolia, 1937-39
            • Northern Ireland, 1974-98
            • Russian pogroms 1905-06 / 1917-22
            • St. Bartholemew Massacre, 1572
            • Shang China, ca. 1300-1050 BCE
            • Shimabara Revolt, Japan 1637-38
            • Sikh uprising, India, 1984-91
            • Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1834
            • Taiping Rebellion, 1850-64
            • Tudor England
            • Vietnam, 1800s
            • Witch Hunts, 1400-1800
            • Xhosa, 1857
            • Arab Outbreak, 7th Century CE
            • Arab-Israeli Wars, 1948-
            • Al Qaeda, 1993-
            • Dutch Revolt, 1566-1609
            • Nigeria, 1990s, 2000s

            If you add up all of the lives that were lost in the name of one religion or another, you come up with a staggering figure that is in excess of One Billion

            800,000,000 people dead JUST BECAUSE OF RELIGION.
            500,000,000 attributable to Christianity alone.

            For shame.

          • @Atheist Max
            So according to your figures, some 800 million people died over some 3000 years of religion.
            According to Steve 100 million people died in the atheist countries. I think it was only in the 20th century that organised atheist countries came into being. So let’s say 100 million people died in 100 years of atheism.
            Which means that if there was 3000 years of atheism, we can expect 3000 million deaths.

  5. C’mon … how about crediting the United Church of Christ (UCC)? We’ve been welcoming GLTBQ members (and ordaining open GLTBQ ministers since 1972).

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