(Really) Bad News For Religious Conservatives



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*One third of young people who left organized religion did so because of anti-gay teachings or treatment within their churches, according to a new study. While not surprising—it’s no secret that younger Americans are more accepting of gay people—it puts a number on the cost anti-gay policies can have on organizations. A full 31% of young people (ages 18 to 33) who left organized religion said “negative teachings” or “negative treatment” of gay people was a “somewhat important” or “very important” factor in their departure, as surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute. ..* What do atheists think about this? Does this spell the doom of the Christian Right? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

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Parents Should ‘Punch’ Gay-Acting Children, Says Pastor Sean Harris



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Via Good As You/The Huffington Post: “Sean Harris, senior pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, spoke at length in support of North Carolina’s proposed Amendment 1, which would define marriage in the state constitution as between one man and one woman and would outlaw civil unions and domestic partnerships, during an hour-long sermon on Sunday. In this clip, provided by Jeremy Hooper of the blog Good as You, a man identified as Harris is heard urging his congregation to attack their children if they appear to be exhibiting behavior outside of gender norms…”.* Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur break it down on The Young Turks.

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