Happy Hour News Briefs
On the same day that noted fetus-fondling, gawd-botherer, Vice President-theocrat Mike ‘Fat Termite’ Pence met with infamous hate group Liberty Council, the Public Religion Research Institute released a poll showing that Americans hate, Hate, HATE the religious right’s discriminatory agenda:
- Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans oppose allowing small business owners in their state to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people if doing so violates their religious beliefs. Roughly one-third (32%) support such religiously based service refusals.
- Two-thirds (67%) of the public favor requiring employers to provide employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost. Fewer than one-third (30%) oppose this idea.
- More than seven in ten (71%) Americans oppose allowing churches and places of worship to endorse political candidates while retaining their tax-exempt status, compared to only 22% who favor such a policy.
- After plateauing in 2015, support for same-sex marriage has accelerated through 2016 and into early 2017. Today, more than six in ten (63%) favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. As recently as 2013, only slightly more than half (52%) the public backed same-sex marriage nationally.
- There is broad public support for laws protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations and housing. Seven in ten (70%) Americans favor laws that would provide these protections to LGBT people, compared to roughly one-quarter (26%) who oppose such laws.
- A majority (53%) of Americans oppose laws that would require transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to their sex at birth rather than their current gender identity. Nearly four in ten (39%) favor such laws. Notably, nearly one in ten (8%) Americans report no opinion on this issue.
- Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans agree that the bullying of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens is a major problem in our schools, compared to fewer than three in ten (29%) who disagree. Concern is widespread across all segments of society.
- More than six in ten Americans say gay and lesbian people (61%) and transgender people (64%) face a lot of discrimination in the U.S. today.
- Nearly six in ten (58%) Americans say blacks face a lot of discrimination in American society today, while only three in ten (30%) say the same of whites. More Americans now say blacks face a considerable degree of discrimination in U.S. society than in 2013 when slightly more than half (52%) of the public expressed this view.
- A similar pattern emerges in views of the relative amount of discrimination faced by Muslims and Christians in American society. Americans are twice as likely to say Muslims face a lot of discrimination as to say the same of Christians (66% vs. 33%, respectively). Again, there are sizable differences by party affiliation, religious background, and generation.
- Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans say immigrants face a lot of discrimination in the U.S. today, while one-third (33%) believe they do not. Americans are sharply divided by party and generation.
- Americans are closely divided over whether faith groups are driving away younger Americans because of intolerant views of gay and lesbian people. Half (50%) of Americans agree religious groups are alienating young people by being too judgmental about gay and lesbian issues, while nearly as many (45%) disagree. Current views of the public represent a significant departure from 2013, when nearly six in ten (58%) Americans said religious groups were alienating young people over gay and lesbian issues.
- Americans are evenly divided about whether sex can be considered moral when it takes place outside of a heterosexual marriage. Nearly half (48%) of Americans agree sex is only morally acceptable if it is between a married man and woman, while a nearly identical number (49%) disagree.
- The number of Americans who report having close friends or family members who are gay, lesbian, or transgender continues to grow. Seven in ten (70%) Americans now say they have a close friend or family member who identifies as gay or lesbian, compared to 58% in 2011.4
- Today, more than one in five (21%) Americans report having a close friend or family member who is transgender, nearly double (11%) the number who reported having such a connection in 2011.
- In addition to growing social contact with transgender people, Americans report an increased understanding of the meaning of transgender. Today, more than eight in ten (84%) Americans say they know what the term transgender means. In 2011, seven in ten (70%) said they fully understood the term transgender, while roughly one-quarter (24%) knew the term but not what it meant and another 5% had never heard the term before.
Liberty Counsel crowed about having a meeting with Pence, and you know, being able to come in the front door of the White House:
Liberty Counsel was among several organizations invited to meet with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House yesterday. We discussed concerns and suggestions for protecting unborn life in the new GOP health care plan. The conversation, which lasted more than an hour, focused on ensuring that the sanctity of life is respected and included in efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Vice President Pence and pro-life leadersVice President Pence reiterated his and President Trump’s strong commitment to the sanctity of life. We are so grateful to have an Administration in Washington that genuinely wants to protect the unborn and is working to end Obamacare’s unconscionable abortion mandates. Liberty Counsel has been a steadfast opponent of Obamacare’s abortion mandates, filing the first private lawsuit against the so-called Affordable Care Act, on the same day it was signed into law.
As usual Dense Pence is looking for a way to bring his hateful version of Jeebus into government at the same time that the country as a whole is leaving theocracy and the culture wars behind.