Is it necessary for Peter Sprigg to always be a douche-bag?
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.