Support the Café

Search our Site

Pew study sheds light on denominational views of homosexuality

Pew study sheds light on denominational views of homosexuality

More from the Pew Research Center today: Interesting statistics regarding how different Christian denominations view homosexuality and how those views have and have not shifted over the last decade:

The public is divided over whether engaging in homosexual behavior is a sin: 45% say it is a sin while an identical percentage says it is not. In 2003, a majority (55%) viewed homosexual behavior as was sinful, while 33% disagreed.

Among several religious groups, there has been relatively little change in these opinions over the past decade. Fully 78% of white evangelical Protestants view homosexual behavior as a sin; 82% said this in 2003. About as many black Protestants view homosexuality as a sin today (79%) as did so ten years ago (74%).

However, opinions among Catholics have changed substantially. In 2003, more Catholics said homosexual behavior was a sin than said it was not (49% vs. 37%). Today, a third of Catholics (33%) say it is sin, while 53% disagree.

White mainline Protestants are less likely to believe that homosexual behavior is sinful than was the case 10 years ago, according to the survey. Read more here.


Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

1 Comment
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

I’m just speculating, but I wonder if Something Else is going on among black Protestants, than strictly religious beliefs.

Two things come to mind:

1) The idea that “the Black Family is under siege”—poverty, one-parent families, high incarceration rates—and that homosexuality (somehow) adds to it, and

2) that the Civil Rights struggle of LGBTs is (somehow) a direct *competitor* to the Civil Rights struggle of African-Americans. (As if progress towards Civil Rights is a zero-sum game: if one group wins, another group must lose—nevermind the overlap of the two groups!)

Thoughts? [OCICBW]

JC Fisher

Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café