Churches Contribute to Gay Teen Suicides, Most Americans Believe

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Public Religion Research Institute polled 1,017 Americans their views on religion and homosexuality between October 14 and 17, in the wake of a highly publicized rash of suicides by gay people — mostly teenagers.

The survey found two out of three Americans believe gay people commit suicide at  least partly because of negative messages coming out of churches and other places of  worship.

More than four out of 10 Americans say the message coming out of churches  about gay people is negative, and about the same number say those messages  contribute “a lot” to negative perceptions of gay and lesbian people.

Catholics were the most critical of their own churches’ messages on  homosexuality, while white evangelical Christians gave their churches the  highest grades, the survey found.

Only five out of 100 people gave churches high marks for its handling of “the issue of homosexuality” in the Public Religion Research Institute survey.

Speaking to a crowd of the faithful recently, Pope Benedict XVI, the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic church engaged in gay bashing saying, “[gay marriage] contributes to the weakening of the principles of natural law” and to “confusion about society’s values.”

It’s homophobic comments from church leaders like those from Pope Benedict that a majority of Americans find contribute directly to the epidemic of gay teenage suicides.

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16 Responses to Churches Contribute to Gay Teen Suicides, Most Americans Believe

  1. Peace Nick says:

    Christianity is absolutely to blame for the rash of gay teens who commit suicide each year in America.

    But our elected lawmakers are culpable too. When the president upholds Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and refuses to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the message goes out that gay kids face a future of inequality.

    The Obama White House doesn’t get a pass on this.

  2. I agree, Peace Nick!

    Did you see Obama finally hoped on the “It Gets Better” campaign after 300 people came before him?

    The message from the Obama White House is, it gets better for gay American teenagers unless they try to serve their country or marry their partner.

    Then, you to the back of the bus.

  3. Vivzzz says:

    I always say, I have no problem with Jesus, its his followers who scare the shit out of me. By the way, has Pope Pedophile-protector joined the “It Gets Better” campaign? No? Really? Gee, I’m so surprised! Not!

  4. Brigadoon says:

    Christianity is all about the hate. They teach hate and they celebrate hate. Hatred is the glue that binds the Baby Jebus lovers to one another other and leaders like Pope Douchebag has the blood of dead gay teens under his perfectly manicured finger nails.

  5. Miss Courtet says:

    The so-called leaders of the Christian church can’t have it both ways. They deliver pretty, flowery oratory claiming all life is precious and beautiful unless that life is a gay or lesbian teenager. Then, the “life” has less meaning than a used square of bath tissue. These Bible thumpers make me crazy angry. Tax them all out of existence. F**King hypocrites.

  6. Jolly Roger says:

    I am guessing that Christianity has probably killed more people than every war, epidemic, and natural disaster that ever happened COMBINED.

    When they aren’t inspiring people to kill themselves, they’re inspiring people to kill other people. Organized religion has to have the evil “other” in order to keep control of its deluded followers, who are usually looking for someone to keep them from having to think for themselves.

  7. R.J. says:

    Peace Nick nailed it on the head. I blame Christianity and Catholicism for the suicides and the hatred people have for homosexuality.

  8. okjimm says:

    religion screws up more things than it fixes. It is important to remember though that there ARE some who do practice the principles of kindness, charity, peace that are supposed to be the basic tenets of most faiths. I am an atheist, but I do know some excellent Christians. Sorting them out is the problem, just like politicians.

  9. Big Hank says:

    I think this poll says something positive.

    Think about it. 2/3rds of people “get it.” They’re tuned into the disgrace and the embarrassment of America’s gay suicide epidemic and they’re not afraid to target the source: organized religion.

  10. karmanot says:

    Pope Benedict XVI,—- was he wearing those red slippers, designer jewelry and embroidered gown?

  11. mbmdl says:

    My heart breaks everytime I read of another teenager driven to suicide by a society who marginalizes them for being gay or lesbian. How can this be? I have two kids, young teens now and I can’t imagine them being rejected or bullied to the point they took their life for the crime of being gay. We can’t, as a society, accept this as the norm and it must stop. If religion can’t be more accepting them religion needs to go. Our youth is more important than the Bible or Christianity.

  12. Dmitris says:

    I don’t think it’s a matter of ‘good Christian v. bad Christian.’ The fact of the matter is, Christianity, has caused more harm to humanity throughout history than anything else. Not money, women, property, or political power can hold a candle to Christianity’s destructive nature. Humans don’t handle the tenets of Christianity well.

  13. TOM339 says:

    Hi Mary Beth. Good to see you posting again.

    Like you, I have kids and I would go ballistic if they were bullied for any reason. I would go to the lawyers and hold the school or institution responsible and hell would rain down on the perpetrator(s).

    Christianity no longer squares with my existence and hasn’t for many decades. When Christ’s followers follow the teachings of Christ and stop using the Bible to justify hating those disagree with, maybe I could be dragged kicking and screaming into church but it isn’t likely.

  14. Marcus Ybanez says:

    The Mormons, Catholics and Muslims are the most homophobic. They really take issue with us gays.

    Of course, I take issue with them, too. As long as they stay out of my way, we can coexist but when they start to influence public policy or laws, look out. Then it’s war.

  15. for hundreds of years christians have made hating gays (and women) the focal point of their being – the fact that it is getting worse and people are acting out what the church preaches should come as no surprise

    the church is all about hate and intolerance.

  16. Ryan says:

    I would first like to say that I am a born again Christian. I would like to follow that up by saying that hating gay people is very wrong. Jesus taught us to love everyone. 1 John 3:15 equates hate to murder.

    I do not advocate homosexuality. I believe it is wrong, because the bible teaches it is, but that does not make it okay to hate people who practice it. I would gladly invite a homosexual to my church. I will be honest with them about what I and my church believe, but I am not going to bash them, or force anything upon them.

    People need to seperate religion and beliefs from the people who claim them. The bible doesn’t make anyone hate homosexuals. Religion doesn’t make anyone bully or treat homosexuals wrongly. People do these things, because they are filled with hate and use their “beliefs” to justify their ill feelings towards these poor people.

    Every day I am saddened by people who claim Jesus and misrepresent Him and people like myself. The Westboro Baptist Church is the best example of what I am talking about. The leader of that church claims God and uses His name to spread his hate agenda. It really pains me to see this type of thing take place.

    I just ask that you guys reconsider your ideas of what Christianity is and what it represents. Anyone who advocate’s hatred of homosexuals or violence towards them, is not of God.

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