In a recent column, Jack Cashill articulated the socially conservative take on aggressive advocacy for progressive causes like same-sex marriage and abortion:
The pervasive and determined strategy of radicals across our country is to alter traditional values by relentlessly assailing those expressing biblical positions contrary to proponents of a homosexual lifestyle and unceasingly vilifying advocates for the rights of the unborn. Truth is a casualty. The means are everything, and the goal is destruction of the Christian pillars that have stabilized the country for more than two centuries.Just how different are the takes on these two 'hot buttons' between the most and least religious? The GSS offers a couple of ways of gauging religiosity--descriptions of the Bible, and the frequency of attendance at a house of worship.
The first table shows the level of support for same-sex marriage (on a scale from -2 to +2, with positive values indicating support and negative values indicating opposition) and the percentage of each group that backs the right of a woman to have an abortion for any reason by biblical description. To ensure contemporary relevance, all responses are from the year 2000 on:
|Bible||Gay marriage||Abort any reason|
|Word of God||(1.02)||20.6%|
|Book of fables||0.50||68.4%|
The subsequent table shows the same by frequency of religious attendance:
|Attendance||Gay marriage||Abort any reason|
|More than weekly||(1.44)||11.2%|
|2-3x per month||(0.40)||35.8%|
|Several times a year||(0.21)||43.7%|
|Less than yearly||0.02||53.4%|
Like Razib's presentation, nothing is particularly surprising here, other than perhaps how perfect the trends are. Without exception, as frequency of worship increases, support for same-sex marriage and for abortion decreases.
It is understandable that devout Christians feel support for things like same-sex marriage and abortion are tantamount to assaults on their value systems. Conversely, it's easy to see why progressives see religion as an obstacle to realizing their social objectives, even if they do not necessarily despise religiosity per se.
GSS variables used: BIBLE, ATTEND, YEAR(2000-2008), MARHOMO, ABANY