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Nearly Four in 10 Young Adults Say They Are LGBTQ, Christian University Study Finds

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In one of the largest estimations of how many people identify as non-heterosexual, a 120-page study from a Christian University reveals nearly four in ten young adults count themselves as LGBTQ.

Religion and culture researcher, evangelical pollster, and now professor at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, George Barna‘s Cultural Research Center has just published a report focused on Millennials.

Among its findings: 39% of those 18-24 identify as LGBTQ, and 25% of those 25-37 do as well. Overall, “nearly one-third of the Millennial cohort (30 percent) describes itself as LGBTQ.” Barna says that represents “roughly three times the proportion identified among the combined older adults of the nation.”

One-third of Millennials say they believe in God.

40 percent identify as liberal or progressive, just 29 percent as conservative.

“A record-breaking 40 percent of young adults fit the ‘Don’ts’ category,” says Barna, which he defines as “People who don’t know if God exists, don’t care if God exists, or don’t believe that He exists.”

There are more statistical surprises in Barna’s report.

The largest groups who identify as LGBTQ are those he lists as “no college” (34%), and live in the Midwest (35%).

And while 38% have no religion, more than one in four (28%) are Born-Again Christian, and 30% have children under the age of 18.

Last month Barna, as Right Wing Watch’s Peter Montgomery reported, “told religious-right activists at the Family Research Council’s ‘Pray Vote Stand’ summit … that it is their duty to try to indoctrinate other people’s children into a ‘biblical worldview.'”

So it’s not surprising Barna’s report includes a good deal of non-statistical editorializing.

On the increasing number of people who identify as LGBTQ he says: “Given the moral and political implications of such an identity, that self-characterization alone raises a range of emotional challenges.”

Related: Conservative Christian Pollster Calls for Imprinting a Biblical Worldview on Kids 15 to 18 Months Old

“Challenges to our mental health are to be expected,” Barna continues. “After all, most adults – and especially younger adults – now believe there is no absolute moral truth. A minority accept the Bible as a true and reliable guide for determining right and wrong. Only one-third of Millennials say they choose to always respect God and other people. No wonder young adults are feeling anxious, depressed and unsafe. Their own attitudes and those of other Americans have created an environment that cannot help but produce such feelings. Without any anchors for truth, emotions, decision-making, relational boundaries, or purpose, a sense of anomie and disconnectedness is only natural.”

Barna, who is also a senior research fellow at the Family Research Council’s Center for Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview, (FRC appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups) doesn’t hold the rest of society, certainly not anti-LGBTQ hate groups or anti-LGBTQ faith-based groups, including conservative houses of worship, responsible for any of that.

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Trump Faces ‘Embarrassing’ Defeat as Candidate He Un-Endorsed Stages Comeback: CNN Election Analyst

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While most of the attention about Tuesday’s state primaries has focused on the predicted failure by Donald Trump-endorsed David Perdue to unseat Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) on the November midterm ballot, CNN’s election analyst Harry Enten claims the former president is on the verge of suffering a second humiliating loss.

In this case, it’s a Republican Party candidate in Alabama whose fortunes took a turn for the better after the former president un-endorsed him.

Speaking with “New Day” host John Berman about what to expect in multiple primaries, Enten noted that Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) — who notably spoke at Trump’s “Stop the Steal “ rally on Jan 6th that preceded the Capitol riot — had his Trump endorsement rescinded in March because of his initial poor polling numbers with voters.

That has now changed as he is neck and neck with two other candidates seeking to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Sen. Richard Shelby.

“What is the impact of unendorsement?” he was asked.

“Yeah, that’s the question,” Enten replied. “If Mo Brooks is able to reach that, that’s embarrassing.”

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‘Substantial Reason to Believe’ Ronny Jackson Unlawfully Spent Thousands in Campaign Funds on Club Membership: Report

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Trump White House Physician turned far-right MAGA Republican Congressman Ronny Jackson may have unlawfully used thousands of dollars in campaign funds to buy memberships at a private Texas dinner club, a non-partisan federal watchdog office revealed Monday, Forbes reported.

The non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), a ten-member board that is not comprised of members of Congress (and not to be confused with the House Committee on Congressional Ethics), issued a report stating:

“Rep. Ronny Jackson’s campaign committee, Texans for Ronny Jackson, reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes. If Rep. Jackson converted campaign funds from Texans for Ronny Jackson to personal use, or if Rep. Jackson’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Rep. Jackson may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.”

The House Committee on Ethics in a statement said it “will review the matter.”

 

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‘Lies and Hatred’: Top Russian Diplomat Resigns – Accuses Putin of Attacking Ukraine ‘To Remain in Power Forever’

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A top Russian diplomat, the head of mission to the United Nations in Geneva, has resigned in a damning letter that accuses President Vladimir Putin and his associates of attacking Ukraine “to remain in power forever, live in pompous tasteless palaces, sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and cost to the entire Russian Navy, enjoying unlimited power and complete impunity.”

For two decades Boris Bondarev says he has worked in Russia’s foreign ministry, as The Daily Beast reports. In his letter, posted by the Executive Director of United Nations Watch (below) Bondarev adds:

“To achieve that [power] they are willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes. Thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have already died just for this.”

UN Watch, an accredited non-governmental organization in Geneva, claims Bondarev has “defected.”

He singles out Sergey Lavrov, criticizing the Russian Foreign Minister for an increasing “level of lies and unprofessionalism in the work of the Foreign Ministry,” which he says have “become simply catastrophic.”

“Instead of unbiased information, impartial analysis and sober forecasting, there are propaganda clichés in the spirit of Soviet newspapers of the 1930s. A system has been built that deceives itself.”

Lavrov is perhaps best-known to Americans as one of the top Russian diplomats present in the Oval Office in 2017 when then-President Donald Trump gave them code word classified top secret intelligence, putting Israeli spies at risk, while celebrating his firing of FBI Director Jim Comey.

“Today,” Bondarev says, “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not about diplomacy. It is all about warmongering, lies and hatred. It serves interests of few, the very few people thus contributing to further isolation and degradation of my country.”

Bondarev told the Associated Press: “Am I concerned about the possible reaction from Moscow? I have to be concerned about it.”

Image of Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov by United Nations Photo via Flickr and a CC license

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