A study found that white evangelicals are less tolerant of gay people than Muslims.
“President Donald Trump pledged to defend the LGBTQ community against “radical Islamic terrorists,” who he claimed was the greatest threat to equality and tolerance. However, a new study exposed a shift in beliefs about homosexuality among American Muslims.
According to Pew Research Center findings, Muslims have become much more accepting of gay and lesbian people in the last ten years than other faith groups, particularly those who identify as evangelical Protestants, The Christian Post reported.
Pew found that Muslim support of homosexuality increased by 25 percent from 2007 to 2017, while evangelicals saw only an 11 percent increase. Muslims surpassed evangelicals in their support, however. White Protestants accept homosexuality to the tune of 34 percent, while 52 percent of Muslims say that homosexuality should be accepted by society.
Still, it’s American Muslims that generally get pointed to as intolerant. “Real Time” host Bill Maher is notorious for bashing Muslims, as well as other religious faiths, for their conservative views.
“We have to be real on both counts. Yes, the ‘God Hates F*gs’ people show up with placards and posters, and it’s despicable, but they don’t show up with guns and bombs,” Maher said in 2016 after the Orlando Pulse Night Club attack. “That’s just the world as it is today. The answer is not to ban Muslims, however. The answer is to ask more of Muslims, I think.”
Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Kim Horcher the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you the results of the study in the video below. Log into MOOVZ for more LGBTQ news and polls.