Evangelicals still oppose inter-racial marriage twice as much as other Americans

God bless em.

The same folks freaking out over gays getting the right to marry also have a problem with blacks marrying whites to the tune of twice as much as the population at large.

Pew’s February Political Typology Poll asked people about recent trends in American society. Pew asked if “more people of different races marrying each other” was good or bad society. Overall, only nine percent of Americans said it was bad for society. However, 16 percent of white evangelicals said this, more than twice the opposition found among other Americans (7 percent). The survey found that 27 percent of Americans overall said more interracial marriage was good for society, compared to 17 percent of evangelicals.

Catholics also aren’t very fond of the mingling of the races, as compared to polling in the population at large.

It’s also interesting to know that when Loving v. VA became the law of the land, three quarters of white Americans opposed inter-racial marriage. Seventy-five percent. And you’d better believe the same arguments were being used then against blacks marrying whites as are being used against gay couples today. Oh the churches!

Wouldn’t it be neat if churches were at the forefront of pushing for civil and human rights?  Some are, but not enough.

PS Don’t forget that just last year nearly half of Mississippi Republicans still opposes inter-racial marriages.

And remember when they used to the Bible to justify opposition to inter-racial marriages?


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