May 7, 2012
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released a study last month saying that pro-homosexual voices are "underrepresented in the mainstream media," WORLD News Service reports. The study says that "national television and print news media [display] a disproportionate reliance on anti-LGBT religious voices commenting on LGBT people and issues. Three out of four religious messages come from people whose religions have formal policies opposing LGBT equality." However, the study doesn't take into account that almost all religious traditions say homosexual behavior is immoral, so 25 percent of "religious messages" being pro-homosexual is in reality a dramatic over-representation of this viewpoint. The report is particularly hard on evangelicals: "Whenever LGBT issues are discussed by religious voices in national media, outlets disproportionally quote or interview evangelical Christian individuals (34 percent) and organizations (50 percent) and the messages from those sources are overwhelmingly negative (76 percent).