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Christianity’s decline: gays are to blame

Christianity’s decline: gays are to blame

News dominating religious (and other media) this week is the sharp fall of the number of people identifying as Christians in the US.

A recent Pew Research Center survey showed that the number of Americans calling themselves Christians had dropped by 8 points in the last seven years. At the same time, Americans who were not affiliated with a religion rose from 16 percent to 23 percent. According to this report:

Roughly 56 million Americans now identify themselves as agnostic, atheist or ‘nothing in particular’. That’s more than 22 percent of the population.

Why is this happening? One man who thinks he has the answer is right-wing loon and radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh,  above, who told his listeners that “less than one million” gay activists had managed to “bully and steamroller an entire country”.

Limbaugh explained that the drop in self-identifying Christians could be explained by “homosexual marriage”, noting that many churches were already performing same-sex weddings and ordaining gay clergy.

“Female and lesbian ministers” may also account for an exodus of members from denominations such as the Methodists, the Presbyterians and the Lutherans.

They have left their churches because of social issues and the evolution of their churches to social areas they didn’t want to go and don’t feel comfortable being in.

But:

If you look at the evangelical churches, they haven’t lost anything. Their membership is holding pretty steady. Where the message has remained, where the mission has remained the same, where the members of the church don’t think any corruption is taking place. They’re still hanging in there.

And he asked:

How is it that 70 percent of the population can be bullied and silenced and coerced into accepting societal evolution with which they disagree because of their religious beliefs?

15 responses to “Christianity’s decline: gays are to blame”

  1. Broga says:

    It doesn’t occur to Rush Limbaugh that people are abandoning religion because what they are asked to believe is incredible.

  2. Denny Law says:

    Then, how come Christians command, by Christmas carols, that we “don gay apparel” at the time of Christmas?
    The delusion that homosexuality is “curable” vanishes when you spend time on a farm and observe some animals also are homosexual.

  3. Robster says:

    The conservative bigot seems to be upset about this positive development. It’s a surprise it’s taken this long. It’s the free market, crap products fail, it’s just business.

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    I would have thought that the organized sheltering of child raping clergy (for the RRC) and general irrelevance (for Protestants) would be the reason for a decline. But if one thousand homosexuals can achieve all that in a few decades then good for them.

  5. dennis says:

    “nothing in particular” may simply be a way to say I believe in a god but
    not the god of any organized religion. I have several friends who do not attend church of any kind but they believe in heaven. they do not believe in a personal god from the bible and do not believe in the hell side of the bible. this way they still in their heart of hearts believe in the wonder of heaven because they all ways say to me “What if you are wrong? Then we start down the logical reasoned science gambit.

    so if evangelistic xtians are even we are starting at the top of the bell curve and headed to zero.

    Oh, by the way fuck you rush.

  6. gedediah says:

    What he’s saying makes no sense. Surely the peole upset with the rise of LGBT rights are the ones staying in the Church. It’s the denominations that accept everyone as they are that might survive and then I’ll have no reason to oppose them.

  7. Angela_K says:

    Us GLBT people have the power to cause earthquakes and tsunamis and now to bring people out of the stifling darkness of religion. Wow!

  8. Daveygod says:

    Who would have thought people being in love could be such a potent weapon of mass destruction.

  9. jay says:

    “The delusion that homosexuality is “curable” vanishes when you spend time on a farm and observe some animals also are homosexual.”

    In the interest of logical consistency, the naturalistic arguments are problematic. Usually that behavior in animals is quite different from humans. They randomly opportunistically mount etc , but usually it’s not a permanent or primary behavior of the animal. It’s quite rare to see an animal that is exclusively same-sex.

  10. Laura Roberts says:

    The best news of all was the rate of growth in people who self-identify as agnostic or atheist, which nearly doubled over the period. As for why this is happening, the study failed to mention the elephant in the room: the internet. As many have said, it’s where religions go to die.

  11. Stuart H. says:

    Might the real reason numbers in evangelical churches are holding steady be that most evangelicals have difficulty counting beyond 10 (even lower if they live near a sawmill)?

  12. John the Drunkard says:

    ‘How is it that 70 percent of the population can be bullied and silenced and coerced into accepting societal evolution with which they disagree because of their religious beliefs?’

    Not so difficult, when those beliefs are WRONG. And morally repugnant to Americans who have any respect for their country.

  13. Marky Mark says:

    (“The delusion that homosexuality is “curable” vanishes when you spend time on a farm and observe some animals also are homosexual.”)

    But…But…their animals, we peoples cam from Adam & Eve who god made in his own image…didn’t you know that!!