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Poll: Americans who believe homosexuality is a sin has decreased significantly

Friday, January 11, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The percentage of Americans who believe that homosexuality is a sin has decreased significantly in a year, according to a recent survey released Thursday by LifeWay Research, a Christian-oriented firm.

The November 2012 survey of adults in the United States found 37 percent affirm a belief that homosexual behavior is a sin – a statistically significant change from a September 2011 LifeWay Research survey asking the same question. At that time, 44 percent answered, “Yes.”

In contrast, the percentage of Americans who do not believe homosexuality is a sin remains nearly the same between the two surveys – 43 percent in September 2011 and 45 percent in November 2012. Seventeen percent in the November 2012 survey said, “I don’t know;” an increase of 4 percent over the September 2011 survey.

The poll results reflect a a considerable shift in attitudes from the previous year, according to researchers.

According to Reverend Cindy Andrews-Looper of Holy Trinity Community Church in Nashville, whose congregation has a significant number of LGBT persons, the polling data was not a shock.

In an interview with The Tennessean, Andrews-Looper said that being LGBT person isn’t any more sinful that being left-handed.

“Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn anyone,” she said. “To use the gospel to condemn anyone is missing the point.”

Researchers also noted that persons who answered that they believe homosexuality is a sin also attend church at least once a week or identify themselves as Evangelical. Those who never attend religious services were more likely to say they do not believe homosexual behavior is a sin (71 percent).

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32 more reader comments:

  1. Which means stupidity has decreased significantly.

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:23pm
  2. ^^that right there

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:24pm
  3. Yay! I’m not gay but still great!!

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:24pm
  4. sin is not real

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:24pm
  5. In Spanish, sin means without.

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:25pm
  6. being homosexual is as natural as being hetrosexual.

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:27pm
  7. …And those that know it was first perceived as a sin out of fear, know continuously searching for acceptance is not an option. Like racism, fear and hate is human nature.

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:29pm
  8. … In-MORE-than 600+ species TOO!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:31pm
  9. You don’t live in East Texas

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:32pm
  10. and not a moment too soon

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:33pm
  11. Evolution taking it’s course in humanity.

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:41pm
  12. Great to hear!

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:43pm
  13. I wouldn’t say evolution for this subject, more like better understanding and acceptance which is good. “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less”. – Marie Curie

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:55pm
  14. Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:58pm
  15. As to whether homosexuality is a sin or not is all in religion, and therefore has little merit on those who are non-religious. They SHOULD have asked “Do you believe homosexuality is wrong/immoral/etc?”

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:59pm
  16. evolution at work!

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:03pm
  17. And our revolution will be televised!!

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:03pm
  18. worry not many things are “sinful” n yet done everyday

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:23pm
  19. Its Because people realize how hypocritical and irrelevant the religious – GOP Christian Taliban – really are! The country has woke up and finally said no to hate and bigotry disguised as a religious belief! The majority simply do not want to become a Christian version of Iran!

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:40pm
  20. Why so much focus on sin? Keep telling yourself you’re a miserable sinner & that’s all you’ll ever be. Keep telling others they’re sinners & you’ll never stop judging them.

    Instead, just live your life striving to do the right thing & respecting the lives & choices of others–especially the ones who don’t do you any harm. Forget about what’s sin & what isn’t, & live a good, loving life.

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:50pm
  21. It is time to pass ENDA! Please sign and share this petition: http://wh.gov/P59n

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:52pm
  22. The Dark ages are coming too an end

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8:28pm
  23. @Dollar Or, according to the Bible, they’re just beginning…

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8:37pm
  24. A marginal decrease in idiocy is hardly laudable.

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8:41pm
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    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 9:04pm
  26. Not a very significant change, but who are they surveying ? I would have thought less than 25% of even churchgoers wd condemn se gender relationships!

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 9:44pm
  27. I could care less if anyone thinks what I do is a sin…what I am calling for is a violation of my Constitualtional rights is every way! both on the federal level and state level…untill ACLU starts suing state governments to obtain my rights then nothing will EVER change! The Blacks went thru the same thing in the 40′s and 50′s! So what now ACLU???? Are you willing to protect my rights?

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:44pm
  28. I hope so!

    Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:46pm
  29. Help us destroy this page, they do HUGE hate speech against LGBT & his publicly recognized as an entity

    https://www.facebook.com/HeteroAwarenessMonth

    Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3:43pm
  30. DON”T ASK DON”T TELL

    Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 7:35pm
  31. Please, whenever you see hate speech in Facebook, such as the little thing two posts above (which I can’t see anymore), click the “X” on the top-right corner of the post, and “Report” it for the reason that applies.

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6:12am
  32. DEAR GOD THAT IS LOVE, please send angels and Your people, on this page, so that maybe some of more of them would be saved! :) Please Lord of Love, dont let them die in their sin! please

    Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 7:49am