Pew poll suggests black Protestants abandoning belief in true marriage
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new survey shows black Protestants may be moving towards supporting same-sex “marriage.”
In a survey published this week, Pew Research said support for same-sex “marriage” rose sharply from 2013 to 2014 among black Protestants. According to Pew, its February 2014 survey found 43 percent of black Protestants supported same-sex “marriage,” up from 32 percent in 2013. It was the largest increase of any religious demographic cited by Pew.
According to Elder Doctor Levon Yuille, national director of the Black Pro-Life Congress and pastor of The Bible Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the results are “the clear influence of the secular education system.”
Yuille told LifeSiteNews that “black people are being educated at a disproportionately high rate in secular schools,” and it has impacted young black Americans. “We are clearly not expressing our views in a way that reaches and educates young people so they can defend their faith,” he said.
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Black pastors have long been considered an ally of the Republican Party on social issues. Many social conservatives have argued numerous minority groups, especially black Americans and Hispanics, have a natural home in the GOP.
Just last year, black pastors effectively stalled same-sex “marriage” legislation in Illinois for several months. The months-long campaign pitted the nation's first black president against black politicians who heard from constituents about how gun violence and poor economic conditions were a greater priority than same-sex “marriage” laws.
However, black support for same-sex “marriage” has been growing in various polls since President Obama announced he had “evolved” on the issue in 2012. The Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling found opposition had dropped by 11 percent within days of the president's announcement. And just over a year ago Pew found support among blacks in general had risen by 10 percent in two years.
Influence has not been limited to the president. Last summer, Black Entertainment Television (BET) listed a number of influential black political and media figures who support same-sex “marriage,” including Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Floyd Mayweather, Alicia Keys, Will Smith, and Oprah Winfrey. The president of the NAACP, Benjamin Todd Jealous, was also highlighted by BET.
“I believe parents and schools are responsible for this shift,” said Yuille. He also blamed “a tremendously disproportionate amount of television viewing by our children – a strong influence that we have not adequately responded to.”