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Poll: Only 21% of Brits believe churches are welcoming of gay people

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  1. 79% of people think churches are unwelcoming to GBLT people and 21% of people clearly haven’t been paying attention to what those churches have been saying or doing – or believe back-hand “we won’t kill you” tolerance is welcoming

    1. Not all of those 21% attend a CofE or Catholic church. Some religious denominations are welcoming of gay people. The marriage campaign includes some churches that want to host marriages for same-sex couples. The people who go to these churches, or live in the communities surrounding them would surely agree with the very non-specific line that “churches” are welcoming of gay people.

      1. There are exceptions to every rule – but they are just that, exceptions. The vast majority of Christian churches are homophobic, certainly mainstream ones.

        And if they would surely agree then they are wrong – because they have decided that “churches” should be interpreted as “my minority, rare church from a much smaller denomination, not 80%+ of all churches in the entire country” Which would be… well, lazy thinking to say the least

  2. It’s still depressing that 3 in every 10 people in my country don’t believe that gay people can be a family. We have a long way to go. While I don’t pay much worth to statistics, these figures are mediocre at best.

    As I’ve said quite a bit in recent posts, I find the church statistic to be irrelevant to be honest as they’re nothing but a thorn in the side of mankind’s advancement towards a free, peaceful and loving society, but I suppose one in five is a major advancement, or something.

  3. Sorry …? Does this mean gay people – of their own free will – voluntarirly visit an organisation whose rule book calles them ‘abominations’? Isn’t that a bit like someone Jewish joining The Nazi Party? Why do some gay people have such low self-esteem that they’d WANT to go to a church? If they need ‘god’, wouldn’t they be better joining a religion that doesn’t work to a rule book which condemns their lifestyle?

    1. Not all churches or synagogues consider gay people or their relationships to be ‘abominations’. There are lots of inclusive churches and whole denominations that are welcoming of gay and lesbian people, such as the United Reformed Church, the Quakers, Metropolitan Community Church and the Methodist church. Also the Liberal Reformed Synagogue. The numbers of individual churches who are welcoming of gay and lesbian people are increasing. The Methodist church as a whole will make a statement on this after their annual conference this year.

      1. So – some of the above mentioned religions IGNORE the ‘rule book’ altogether… or just bits from it? This is the problem I have with religion; the selectivity which, to me, makes it all a bit childish and cynical. You either have a RULE book – or you don’t. If these other religions’ use the bible from which to preach, presumably they, too, are being as selective as the catholics or anglicans, in that they TOO ignore the bits which the general public won’t tolerate anymore (burning witches, eating shellfish, etc). For me, organised religion is simply about money-making, power and control. I just have better things to do with my time.

      2. Define “lots of”. What percentage of churches do these denominations make up?

        the methodist church as a whole will make a statement this year.

        In 2013

        I’m supposed to feel WELCOMED by a church that has NOW decided I deserve humanity? Well let me bake them a big thank you cake!

  4. As always, I would say that some caution is needed here. It is often true that perceiving people living in certain arrangements as a ‘family’ is a mark of positive affirmation, but not always. It is often a term of neutral definition, generally based on assumptions about genetic connections, for instance. I’m simply saying that positive or negative feelings about people and their lifestyles or sexuality are not necessarily linked to desgnating them as ‘families’.

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