To refute a claim by Politico that evangelical Christians are slowly embracing same-sex marriage, the religious right trots out the author of the most widely excoriated anti-gay parenting study in history: Mark Regnerus.
Earlier this week Politico published an in-depth article, “Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage.” The crux of the argument is this paragraph:
Over the past decade, evangelical support for gay marriage has more than doubled, according toÂ pollingÂ by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute. About a quarter of evangelicals now support same-sex unions, the institute has found, with an equal number occupying what researchers at Baylor University last year called theÂ â€œmessy middleâ€Â of those who oppose gay marriage on moral grounds but no longer support efforts to outlaw it. The shift is especially visible among young evangelicals under age 35, a near majority of whom now support same-sex marriage. And gay student organizations have recently formed at Christian colleges across the country, including flagship evangelical campuses such as Wheaton College in Illinois and Baylor in Texas.
PoliticoÂ also points to the $2 million deficit onÂ the National Organization For Marriage’s 2012 tax return, and the $4.5 million deficit on theÂ American Family Association’s 2012 return, as an indication theocratic extremists are losing their main battle.Â
Of course, actual science — especially science with which Evangelical leaders disagree — is anathema to the entrenched religious right.
EnterÂ Russell D. Moore and Andrew Walker, leaders among the southern Baptist convention. In the National Review (Maggie Gallagher’s online home,) early this morning, the pair published a defiant refutation of Politico’s report.
“A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? No,” the op-ed insists. “Defying the secular culture, churchgoing Christians are sticking to Biblical teaching,” they claim.
To prove their point, the Southern Baptists trot out none other than Mark Regnerus, author of the most widely-discredited “study” — purportedly, but almost totally not — of gay parents. They also postedÂ a video of Regnerus explaining his most-recent claims.Â
The New Civil Rights Movement alone published over 75 articles chronicling and often leading the charge proving just how false the Regnerus study was.
When Regnerus testified in a federal court case on same-sex marriage the judge in his ruling called Regnerus’ testimony before the court, “entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration.”
Moore and Walker in their National Review op-ed, point to “research, to be fully released in September,” that was, they say, “introduced in Mark Regnerusâ€™s presentation ‘Sex in America: Sociological Trends in American Sexuality,’ unveiled at a recent gathering of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commissionâ€™s leadership summit. According to Regnerus, when compared with the general population and with their non-observant peers, churchgoing Evangelical Christians are retaining orthodox views on Biblical sexuality, despite the shifts in broader American culture.”
Politico, as mentioned above, quotes “pollingÂ by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute,” which finds “among young evangelicals under age 35, a near majority … now support same-sex marriage.”
Moore and Walker write that Regnerus’ research finds “only 11 percent of young Evangelicals actively expressed support for same-sex marriage.”
Whose science should we believe?
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Former Trump Defense Secretary Mattis Breaks Silence – Scorches Ex-Boss – Stands Up for Protestors in Scathing Statement
Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who served in the military from 1969 to 2013, has finally broken his long silence. In a scathing rebuke far more devastating than any delivered by any former Trump official (except his resignation letter), Mattis denounces Trump for violating the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens, and stands up for the protestors.
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try,” Mattis says, as The Atlantic reports.
“Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis writes. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”
He goes on to contrast the American ethos of unity with Nazi ideology. “Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that ‘The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was “Divide and Conquer.” Our American answer is “In Union there is Strength.”’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.”
Mattis makes clear he is disgusted with how Trump has handled the protests across the nation – and that he supports the protestors.
“I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”
He doesn’t stop there.
“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis writes. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.” He goes on, “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”
‘Showing Off With These Complete Sentences’: Internet Rejoices as ‘Real President’ Obama Speaks – ‘I Miss Him’
Former President Barack Obama delivered forward-looking, encouraging remarks in response to the police killing of George Floyd and the ongoing nationwide protests, and the Internet rejoiced. President Obama’s comments, part of a town hall organized by his My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, were focused for his younger audience, and were short and seemingly off-the-cuff, yet inspired a nation thirsting for caring, intelligence, and leadership.
Take a look.
I Love President Barack Obama.
— Rachel VIII, Ratchet Queen of Quarantine (@Rachels_Ratchet) June 3, 2020
Obama is showing off with these complete sentences.
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) June 3, 2020
The President just spoke
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) June 3, 2020
Finally, a president trying to inspire and unite us.
President Obama understands the importance of leadership. For the past three and a half years, that type of leadership has been completely absent in the White House and missing among Republicans.pic.twitter.com/FPaDoQ5hc9
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 3, 2020
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 3, 2020
Barack Obama speaks to our better angels. No matter what color you are. Barack Obama is the best of America. Barack Obama is American beauty.
— Jason Overstreet (@JasonOverstreet) June 3, 2020
The contrast could not be more stark: the current lack of national leadership & the compassion, goodness & inspiration being expressed by former presidents. We need to rid ourselves of @realDonaldTrump’s tyranny & sycophants. Return integrity to the White House & Congress. Vote.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) June 3, 2020
Obama absolutely nailed it… “Make people in power uncomfortable”… God I miss him… #takeobamalive
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) June 3, 2020
A Real President is speaking
A real man is speaking
A real leader
Best President Ever
He does everything better
Thank you Obama pic.twitter.com/DjvZwB9Ydg
— Chrissi Nielsen (@NielsenChrissi) June 3, 2020
— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) June 3, 2020
— Just Some Guy (@JustSumGuy176) June 3, 2020
How comforting to hear President @BarackObama who is articulate, comforting, uniting. Forgot what that feels like.
Instead we have to deal w a racist dividing authoritarian KGB troll.
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) June 3, 2020
Obama’s subjects and verbs agree. Y’all remember when Presidents did that?!
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) June 3, 2020
The Pentagon Announced It Was Pulling Hundreds of Troops Out of DC. The Defense Secretary Just Canceled That Order.
It took Secretary of Defense Mark Esper just two hours to countermand a decision the Pentagon had announced, that it was pulling hundreds of active-duty troops out of Washington, D.C.
“Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press that the reversal came after Esper attended a meeting at the White House, and after other internal Pentagon discussions,” the AP reports. “It is unclear if Esper met with President Donald Trump. McCarthy said he believes the change was based on ensuring there is enough military support in the region to respond to any protest problems if needed.”
Secretary Esper surprised many Wednesday morning when he announced at a hastily-called press conference he disagrees with invoking The Insurrection Act to deploy U.S. troops to cities across the nation to, as President Donald Trump has said, “quell” protestors. President Trump fully supports invoking the law, and has already heavily militarized D.C.
In more than 140 cities Americans have been protesting the police killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, now for nine days and nights.
President Donald Trump has demanded mayors and governors “dominate” the protestors, and has posted threatening tweets advocating his position against the protestors.
LAW & ORDER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
Get tough police! https://t.co/nsaZYrJe9c
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
About one hour ago several large military vehicles were deployed to the area in front of St. John’s Church, where President Trump held his Bible photo-op on Monday.
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- HERO2 days ago
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