Now I begin to understand why so many Utahns reacted so strongly to Chris Buttars' remark. USA Today has published a story about a study that shows that Americans not only think racism is worse than abortion, but that they consider racism the second worst sin. Only adultery is considered worse.
The study results, released by Ellison Research, a full-service marketing research firm based in Phoenix, Arizona, show that a vast majority of Americans, 87%, believe in the concept of sin. “Sin” was defined in the research as “something that is almost always considered wrong, particularly from a religious or moral perspective.” The study was independently designed, funded, and conducted by Ellison Research among a representative sample of over 1,000 American adults.
People who believe there is such a thing as “sin” were asked whether they would personally define each of thirty different behaviors as sinful. The behaviors were classified into three categories:
The behaviors a majority of all Americans describe as sinful are:
Using “hard” drugs such as cocaine, heroine, meth, LSD, etc. 65%
Not saying anything if a cashier gives you too much change back 63%
Having an abortion 56%
Homosexual activity or sex 52%
Not reporting some income on your tax returns 52%
A number of other behaviors are considered sinful by a significant portion of all Americans, although not a majority, are:
Reading or watching pornography 50%
Sex before marriage 45%
Homosexual thoughts 44%
Sexual thoughts about someone you are not married to 43%
Doing things as a consumer that harm the environment 41%
Smoking marijuana 41%
Getting drunk 41%
Not taking proper care of your body 35%
Behaviors considered "sinful" by fewer than one-third of all Americans:
Telling a “little white lie” to avoid hurting someone’s feelings 29%
Using tobacco 23%
Not attending church or religious worship services on a regular basis 18%
Playing the lottery 18%
Watching an R-rated movie 18%
Being significantly overweight 17%
Not giving 10% of your income to a church or charity 16%
Drinking any alcohol 14%
Working on Sunday/the Sabbath 14%
Spanking your child when he/she misbehaves 7%
Making a lot of money 4%
A clear majority of just about every type of American believes in the concept of sin, although there are a few differences. For example, 97% of Black Americans believe in the concept of sin, compared to 86% of Whites and 80% of Hispanics. Visit Ellison Research's website to view the rest of the report.
Also reported through a more overt Christian perspective by OneNewsNow. One bright spot - at least most of the country still considers adultery a sin, even if the American elite doesn't seem to follow suit.
Commentary: Abortion has killed an estimated 50 million unborn babies in the United States since 1973. Racism has killed exactly zero. That's because an emotion has no power until it is translated into reaction.
Yet Americans believe racism is worse than abortion. Of course - for 43 years, we've been inundated with nonstop propaganda about how racist we supposedly are and how racist our history allegedly was. It's no wonder so many whites are filled with self-hate and so many blacks are filled with rage. So when racial conflict occurs, the presumption of innocence is awarded to the black, while the presumption of guilt is imposed upon the white. This is why a Don Imus will get fired for the same activities that keep Chris Rock employed.
It's time for Americans to see through this scam.