by Charles S. Garabedian
Some new research by faculty in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas sheds some light on why Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, and other Americans are scared to death of gay people. The official title of the new study is Not Threat, But Threatening: Potential Causes and Consequences of Gay Innumeracy. The authors are Dr. Don Haider-Markel and Dr. Mark Joslyn. You may be able to obtain a complete copy of their study (or at least find directions to a copy) by contacting them at the their following University of Kansas e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The American people in general (including the members of religious and nonreligious anti-LGBTQ groups) are really bad at guessing the percentage of gay Americans in the total population of the United States, which is about 326,000,000 people. In other words, they think the American population contains far more gay people than it really does. A better term might be vast hordes. Get a load of the numbers set forth in a recent article on this new study by Joanna Hlavacek at Lawrence Journal-World.
In the famous 1948 Kinsey sex study, researcher Alfred Kinsey estimated the gay population of the United States to be 10 percent of all Americans. In a 1977 Gallup poll, a participant sample of Americans thought that 13 to 19 percent of the American population was gay. In a 2013 survey by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, a participant sample of Americans thought on average that an incredible 23 percent of the American population is gay. How many Americans is that? The American people think about 75 million people in the U.S. population are gay. You read that correctly!!! They think nearly one out of ever four Americans is gay. They think a vast, Genghis Khan-like horde of the American population is gay!!!
No wonder Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, and other anti-LGBTQ people think gay Americans are a huge menace to their Christian faith, religious freedom, and way of life. Irrationally, they have talked themselves (or someone has talked them into) believing that a fictional, vast, horde army of gay people is threatening them and their way of life. That is just incredible—especially when you look at the truth!!!
Here is the truth. In 2014, based on a poll sample of about 35,000 American adults, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that only 3.5 percent of American adults self-identify as gay. In other words, only a piddly 3.5 American adults out of every 100 American adults is gay. Does that look like a vast attacking horde to you?
Let us hope and pray that one day the Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, other anti-LGBTQ Americans, and the American people in general will find a way to face facts rather than deal with issues in terms of irrationality; manufactured fear; loathing; prejudice; bigotry; and unloving, unmerciful hearts divorced from the words, deeds, and heart of Jesus. Remember this scripture from the Bible:
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)
You may read the entire journal article by Ms. Hlavacek by clicking on the following safe link: