A new poll from a pro-LGBTQ+ research department at the University of California Los Angeles claims that 46.7 percent of all LGBTQ+ members are at least moderately religious. However, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler found gaping holes in the methodology. In an episode of The Briefing With Al Mohler, Mohler's popular current events podcast, he broke down all the methodological errors in the study:
“This is the kind of social science that means it's far more social than it is science. The closer you look at this, you realize how questionable the research apparatus is,” he asserted. “This particular research takes what we can only describe as the most generous definition of what it means to be religious in any sort, in any way, by any means ... Someone who attends religious services less than once a month is still classified as ‘moderately religious.’"
According to the poll's methodology section:
"Respondents were categorized as not religious, moderately religious, or highly religious-based upon their responses to the questions, ‘Is religion an important part of your daily life?’ and, ‘How often do you attend church, synagogue, or mosque?’ Following Gallup, respondents who indicated that religion is not an important part of their daily life and that they attended religious services seldom or never were categorized as not religious. Those who indicated that religion is an important part of their daily life, even if they attended services about once a month, seldom, or never, as well as those who indicated that religion is not an important part of their daily life but that they attend services every week or almost every week were categorized as moderately religious. Respondents who indicated that religion is an important part of daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week were categorized as highly religious."
Mohler continued by saying that another reason the study's conclusions are flawed is because the churches that are the most friendly to LGBT values have seen plummeting church attendance. He said "If you look at the churches that have rushed to follow after and celebrate the LGBTQ revolution, let me tell you what they’re not filled with: People who are excited about their revolution. They’re actually not filled with anyone."
A comparative analysis by Fulcrum7, which meticulously documented how the largest church organizations' membership demographics went after becoming pro-LGBTQ+ values, found that church attendances dropped sharply in some of the largest pro-LGBTQ+ church denominations in the world, backing Mohler’s claims. The United Methodist Church in America, which is openly pro-LGBT values, has declined. In England, the mainline Anglican church has seen massive declines of almost 1 in 4 members fleeing the church over the past 10 years. The Anglican Church began becoming pro-LGBTQ+ roughly 10 years ago.
Other undefined parameters in the methodology section include the participants' beliefs, what type of religion they ascribed to or what religion means to them.
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