Friday, June 17, 2011

Right-wing Leaders in the U.S. Admit: "We're Losing"

It was a big deal to read about this.  Several very prominent figures within the American Religious Right movement have said recently that fellow Evangelicals need to accept that same-sex marriage is going to be a reality in the U.S. before too much longer.

Jim Daly, CEO of Focus on the Family, one of America's most active anti-gay Evangelical groups, has said "We're losing on gay marriage, especially among the 20 and 30-somethings.  Seventy percent of them favor same-sex marriage."

"Though many Christians are going to try to deny the obvious, evangelical leader Dr. Albert Mohler [president of the Southern Baptist Convention] believes gay marriage is going to become normalized.
"I think it's clear that something like same-sex marriage is going to become normalized, legalized and recognized in the culture. It's time for Christians to start thinking about how we're going to deal with that," he said on the Focus on the Family radio program.
In addition, the Family Research Council, an Evangelical activist group, thinks that it's only a matter of time before bans against same-sex marriage (which exist in some states) will be struck down nationwide.

I agree.  Equality is simply unstoppable.  Kudos to them for finally realizing it, but I don't think they're seeing far enough into it.  Nationwide same-sex marriage is coming to America beyond a doubt, yes, but what's more is that opposition to it will be viewed by most people as being just as bigoted as opposition to interracial marriage once was.

The polls don't lie.  American society is rapidly progressing on this issue, so much so that in 2010 the U.S. passed a major threshold wherein, for the first time ever, just over half of all Americans (53%) became supportive of same-sex marriage.  Five consecutive polls (by Gallup, Washington Post, CNN, and ABC News) in 2010 and 2011 have affirmed this.  That's significant, because just fifteen years ago opposition was near 70%.  Younger Americans -- particularly those under the age of 40 and especially those born after 1980 -- see no reason why marriage should be denied to two people who love each other, regardless of gender.

In America, this issue does have parallels with interracial marriage.  For those who may not know, it was actually illegal in many states for two persons of different races to marry each other until 1967.  That was the year when SCOTUS (the Supreme Court of the United States) issued a landmark ruling that it is unconstitutional to forbid mixed-race marriages.  That ruling struck down all state bans on interracial marriage, at a time when over 80% of Americans were opposed to interracial marriage, calling it "unnatural" and "an affront to God."  It's amazing to think that it used to be illegal for a black American to marry a white American, or for a white American to marry an Asian American.  This isn't ancient history, either.  This was just 44 years ago!

Many feel that SCOTUS will ultimately be the ones to settle the same-sex marriage issue, too.  Right now, some states have marriage equality, some states have civil unions, and some states have bans against same-sex marriage.  It's a legally confusing patchwork of marriage regulations dividing progressive states from conservative states, and it will not be able to be sustained much longer.  Americans know this, and even the most socially conservative ones are starting to realize that nationwide marriage equality is coming to the U.S.


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Al Mohler & Homosexuality

Al Mohler stated that homosexuality is "more than a choice." Should we think, then, that there were at least some "non-choosing" citizens in Sodom etc. and that therefore God didn't "choose" to destroy them but was only "oriented" to destroy them? Is it now better to be gay-fearing than God-fearing (Matt. 10:28)? And is Mohler now hurrying up the Second Coming by helping to fulfill the "days of Lot" (Luke 17:28f)?

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Huhhh? This is a confusing comment. I can't tell if this is against gay rights or for gay rights...

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