Christian researcher Ryan T. Anderson is claiming that it’s harder to admit to being an evangelical Christian than it is to come out as an LGBTQ person.
The Christian Post reports that Anderson made the argument at an LGBTQ business summit organized by The Atlantic.
“What I see here is that if you are a conservative Evangelical at a major law firm or at an Ivy League university, you have a much harder time coming out of the closet as a conservative Evangelical than you do coming out as a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
“That’s an empirical question but my experience at Princeton, and that was a decade ago, that it was much more of a contentious subject to say that you were opposed to same-sex marriage than to say that you were in favor of it.”
Anderson made the claims while discussing the need for a national non-discrimination act to address the myriad Christian-owned businesses that are turning away same-sex couples.
He’s opposed to such an act, saying it could criminalize Christians for their views on homosexuality.
“What I would suggest,” he sayid, “the protections here would be market competition.
“Already 89 percent of Fortune 500 companies have voluntarily enacted non-discrimination statutes on the basis of sexual orientation. This is working its way out on a voluntary basis.”
Anderson has gone on the record as saying he believe same-sex marriage is “based on a lie.”
Earlier this year, in an interview with Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, he claimed that gay marriage advocates are akin to people who opposed interracial marriage:
“In the same way when there were some racists who tried to say that you can’t have interracial marriage, that was propaganda, it was a lie, and it failed. In the same way, trying to eliminate that marriage is about uniting the two halves of humanity, not black and white, because that’s not the two halves of humanity, the two halves of humanity, male and female, husband and wife, mom and dad, you can’t erase that, and in the long run the truth will win out.”