One the one hand, yeah, it’s sad to see this St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Ohio, leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America because its governing body voted to let (monogamous) gays service as clergy members. But then we hear from Pastor Roger Miller — about how the decision to leave ELCA isn’t about gay people, but about church leadership — and then it’s like, Okay, buh-bye!
Baxter: That is absolutely false.
Stricter and more Conservative (your words) religions are shrinking because they are made up of primarily
older people. Christians that self-define as “literalists” or “very religious” are now less than 1/3 of all religious people in America.
divide for many denominations is based on whether or not the Bible is the literal word of God. Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Methodists are all dividing. Even some Catholics are considering leaving for more liberal or progressive groups.
Religion is taken much
less seriously than in the past. The fastest growing group in America is “Non-religious.”
All of this is good news for America and the LGBT Community.
Javier: Religion is declining rapidly. You need to look at actual research and polling. Have a look at Gallup:
Barna, ARIS and Pew have a lot of information, too.
What is clear from all the research is that “conservative Christians” get all the attention and people perceive them to be growing and/or powerful. But, the truth is they are declining rapidly. Non-Religious or “Spiritual” are the fastest growing segments of the American population. What is happening in Third World countries is a bit different – religion is being introduced into ignorant societies. It is having some success because it is offering hope. But, in America religion is on a very rapid decline.
Javier: You are using data supplied by “Conservative Christians.” I wonder how you out any (forgive me) “faith” in those assertions?
Independent polling data gives much more
reliable information. “Literalists” are declining rapidly. Good news.
Cassandra: There is no need to preach Cassandra. Any encouragement to think should be supported – even by the “faithful.”
jeffree: Instead of promoting the power of the “religious Right,” you should do some research. They are going out of business.
Start with Gallup:
Religious influence in individual States is
important. States where the majority of their residents do not make religion important we are doing very good. Very religious States are still hurting us – especially in the US Senate.
Anti-gay politicians are immutable
until we change the minds of their constituents. That’s the only thing that will change their minds/votes. Lobbying politicians and protesting don’t change any minds. We need to lobby fellow citizens. Gay Christians should be doing that at their churches. “We” are the issue that is dividing many denominations, including the Lutherans. It is a chance for religious members of our community to take a stand for equality.