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Baptist Press responds to new Gallup poll

July 06, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Homosexuality Causation, Religious Perspective

May 22, 2013

The following excerpts from the article “More Americans Linking Homosexuality with Birth” by Michael Foust are from the Baptist Press News website: “WASHINGTON (BP) — A record number of Americans believe homosexuality is morally acceptable and is something people are born with, according a new Gallup poll.”

… “On the question of homosexuality’s origins, 47 percent say “being gay or lesbian” is “something a person is born with” while 33 percent say it is “due to factors such as upbringing and environment.” Both numbers are records. The percentage of people who believe homosexuality is present at birth has increased or remained steady since 2009 when the upward trend began and a plurality of Americans (42 percent) said it was due to upbringing/environment and 35 percent said it was something with which people are born.”

… “‘I still hear Christians — including leaders — confidently state ‘it’s just a choice,’ Stith [former Southern Baptist national strategist for gender issues] said. ‘Both science and those involved in ministry to same-sex strugglers recognize that both nature and nurture are involved. Again, we do great harm to our cause when we make that pronouncement.’ The homosexual might not choose his temptations, but he does choose whether to act on them, Stith said.”