We have taken a look at the top 5 objections that this study has found in regards to Christianity. Over the next few posts I will be sharing qualitative quotes from the Saurage report that takes a more in depth look at the perspectives behind the objections. Today we are looking at how some Christian groups are perceived to be too intolerant. (These answers were attained through four qualitative studies in Austin, Bostin, Phoenix and San Francisco.
I don’t like how some Christian groups meddle in politics
“They want to teach intelligent design in school. They want to teach that to kids, intelligent design in schools. Again, your point is well taken, If that’s their genuine belief, I understand. But science class should be taught by what the consensus of scientists thinks. If you’ve got religious class we’re not going to ask you to pull up a consensus of what scientists think in religious class. (One respondent agreed.) I’m not saying people shouldn’t have the right to teach their kids what they want. But public schools can’t dilute the scientific consensus. Maybe you should be allowed to take your kid out of science class if you if you find it offensive or something.” (Male, Austin).
“My grandparents still, they write down whatever the priest says and they go for it. It’s scary that you’re going to let concepts from thousands of years ago that really… I don’t know. All of this is the gathering of so much things and just follow blindly and that’s so intertwined with our politics and things. “ (Male, Austin)
“The one thing that really stood out to me was the whole stem cell research. There is so many things we could do with this. My research is on cancer and we use sometimes stem cells and all of that to engineer cells and do different things with it. Although now I do see they discovered how to turn just normal skin cells into stem cells and use it as a therapeutic way to treat people. If you still take embryonic stem cells, the potential of using it in many, many different ways in tenfold higher. Just because religion says as soon as the egg and the sperm get in contact the process starts then that’s a living person that stopped the whole thing.” (Male, San Francisco)
“It’s supposed to be church and state. Separate. It’s supposed to be the ideals of what’s better for all people, not just them. They always have to put their two cents in. “Well my Christian blah says this… My religion says this, so I’m not going to vote yes on marijuana.” (Female, Boston).
“I think with the religion and politics thing, I think it’s gone as far as that there’s churches out there that are telling their congregations how they should be voting. To me, I have a real hard time with that… They push their agenda (Male, Phoenix)
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