Posted by: Catherine Lugg | October 31, 2010

A poll that should give homophobic pastors pause

Seems that many Americans believe there is a relationship between homophobia in the pulpit and the suicides of LGBT youth.

A plurality (43%) of Americans say the messages coming from places of worship are negative, and 4-in-10 Americans believe that these messages contribute “a lot” to negative perceptions of gay and lesbian people. One-third (33%) of the public also believe that messages from religious bodies are contributing “a lot” to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth, and another third (32%) say these message contribute “a little;” only 21% say they do not contribute at all.

For more info, see Public Religion Research Institute.

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