New study finds religious congregations are more accepting of gays

  • metta

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    Sep 12, 2014 5:20 PM GMT
    New study finds religious congregations are more accepting of gays


    Overall acceptance of gays and lesbians in U.S. religious congregations rose significantly between 2006 and 2012, but it declined in Catholic congregations, according to new data released Thursday.

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/09/new-study-finds-religious-congregations-are-more-accepting-of-gays/
  • metta

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    Sep 12, 2014 5:22 PM GMT
    "Perhaps surprisingly, given the support for gays and lesbians among Catholics in general, representatives of the Catholic churches surveyed expressed less acceptance of gay and lesbian members in 2012 than in 2006. Interview subjects were asked specifically whether openly gay or lesbian couples in committed relationships would be permitted to be full-fledged members of the congregation.

    In 2006, 74 percent of those surveyed said yes. That number decreased to 53 percent in 2012. While the decrease is large, the rate of acceptance, 48 percent, still remains higher than that for all congregations surveyed.

    Asked whether the same couples would be permitted to hold any volunteer leadership position that was open to other members, 39 percent of Catholic respondents said yes in 2006 but only 26 percent said the same in 2012. That is the same as the number for all congregations surveyed.

    Several Catholic scholars said they were surprised by the findings.

    Thomas Reece, a senior analyst with the National Catholic Reporter, thought it might reflect the fact that younger Catholic clergy tend to be more conservative than their older counterparts."
  • tazzari

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    Sep 12, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
    "Perhaps surprisingly, given the support for gays and lesbians among Catholics in general, representatives of the Catholic churches surveyed expressed less acceptance of gay and lesbian members in 2012 than in 2006."

    Got to crack down on those tolerators!


  • metta

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    Sep 12, 2014 5:33 PM GMT
    tazzari said"Perhaps surprisingly, given the support for gays and lesbians among Catholics in general, representatives of the Catholic churches surveyed expressed less acceptance of gay and lesbian members in 2012 than in 2006."

    Got to crack down on those tolerators!




    I'm wondering if Pope Ratzinger made a few changes to make sure that the new clergy are more conservative. Would not surprise me. That man was obsessed with hating gay people.
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    Sep 14, 2014 5:08 AM GMT
    metta8 saidNew study finds religious congregations are more accepting of gays


    Overall acceptance of gays and lesbians in U.S. religious congregations rose significantly between 2006 and 2012, but it declined in Catholic congregations, according to new data released Thursday.

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/09/new-study-finds-religious-congregations-are-more-accepting-of-gays/
    The hell you say! haha. I would definitely have to see the science and psychology behind this study. None of the Christians I know are more accepting of homosexuals or homosexuality. Damn, I would love to see who these religious people are, lol. If they are becoming more accepting it is only for the purpose of being able to "correct" you from your "sinful" orientation. But true open acceptance from American Christians, no I'm skeptical about that. But I'm a scientist by training and nature so facts are important to me. But I will look at the link you provide here to examine the "empirical evidence" presented.