2 Out Of 3 Americans Believe Right Wing Christian and Church Views Contribute to Gay Suicides

The Public Religion Research Institute asked 1,017 Americans their views  on religion and homosexuality between October 14 and 17, in the wake of a highly publicized rash of suicides by gay people and two out of three Americans believe gay people commit suicide at  least partly because of messages coming out of churches and other places of  worship, a survey released Thursday

Only five out of 100 people gave churches generally an A for their handling of “the issue of homosexuality” in the Public Religion Research Institute survey, while 28 percent said their own church handled it well.  One in three people said that messages from places of worship contribute “a lot” to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth. Another one in three said they contribute “a little.” Only one in five said they do not contribute at all. The rest said they did not know.

Jim Daly, the head of Focus on the Family, argued in a commentary for  CNN that Christian churches are not to blame.  To violate the dignity of another person, in any form or fashion, is to contradict the very basis of Gospel-centered living. And to suggest that an orthodox understanding of Christianity encourages abuse against homosexuals is a sad misreading of the very tenets of the faith,” he said.”Some self-described Christians do not act in Christ-like ways toward those who are different than they are,” he conceded. “They save their harshest judgments for the sins they don’t struggle with themselves. That is not biblical Christianity in practice,” he said.

I’m not going to say a word about the last paragraph.  I think that you all can fill in the blanks.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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