Friday, June 30, 2017

Peter Sprigg disputes polls demonstrating acceptance of marriage equality

Is it necessary for Peter Sprigg to always be a douche-bag?
Peter Sprigg
According to The Christian Post:
A recent Pew survey reported that gay marriage support among white evangelicals has more than doubled, from 14 percent to 35 percent, over the last 10 years, plus, about half, 47 percent, of young white evangelicals support gay marriage.
Then they get into trouble:
Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. said in an interview with The Christian Post Wednesday that he thinks the specific wording was geared to produce results showcasing greater support for redefining marriage. Respondents were asked if they favor or oppose “allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.”
That seems pretty neutral to me.
“The use of the word 'allowing' appeals to a libertarian streak which is strong in many Americans,” Sprigg said.
And the use of Sprigg is annoying. His theory is ridiculous. Later on:
Same-sex marriage has been framed in civil liberties terms. The language used in the survey is based on and reinforces what Sprigg calls the “gay identity paradigm.” This model considers homosexuality as a fixed trait like skin color and ties the gay rights struggle to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, a connection he believes rests on faulty premises.
“Gay identity paradigm?” Where the hell did he come up with that? He is, after all, a Baptist Minister — not some sort of social scientist. It is the overwhelming consensus of science that sexual orientation is innate and immutable. The word “fixed” is misleading. The only people who seem to tie gay rights to the Civil Rights Movement are religious conservatives in order to claim that they are not comparable in order to inflame racial tensions.
Some evangelicals say they support gay marriage “legally” but not necessarily theologically, but the poll questions do not explore that dimension, he added.
Nor should the questions explore theological belief. Public policy is not based upon religious approval or disapproval and the poll relates to public policy. Sprigg is hopeless, hapless and helpless.

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