The Effects Of Church And Religion On Homosexuals

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Gay Marriage An article from TIME Magazine entitled “A Change of Heart” discussed how United States evangelical churches and their stance on homosexuality. The audience of this paper includes those with a stake in or interested in learning about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. The purpose of this article is to inform individuals about the effect of church and religion on homosexuals. The article discusses the conflict of gay marriage in the evangelical church by focusing on the EastLake Community Church, located in the greater Seattle area. The focus on a specific church helps make the story more interesting because it brings in real experiences that homosexual members may have had from that church. The article also goes to the effort and brings in views from other churches that are present in American society. The effect of bringing in other churches in America informs the reader of the many different religions that do similar things that the evangelical church does. On page 47, a graphic was displayed of a graph that showed the percentage of U.S. religious groups that favor same-sex marriage. The graph includes, Catholics, White mainline Protestants, Black Protestants, White evangelical Protestants, Latino evangelicals, and those that are unaffiliated with a religion. The graph shows that in the past decade, approval of same-sex marriage has increased in all of the above named religions. Therefore inferring that overall approval of same-sex marriage in the United States as a whole has increased. Towards the end of the article, the author goes to explain how EastLake Community Church has becoming more openly inclusive and affirming. That knowledge informs the reader of how change is made in the LGB... ... middle of paper ... ...onally connected to Elizabeth in her story is effective because as the reader, you feel her pain when she receives news that there was a shooting in her district. While reading on, you are encouraged and happy to read about her work to prevent shootings from happening in the future. Towards the end of the article, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is brought up as the big force behind stopping the strict gun control laws. The article does an effective job at painting the NRA in a negative light so when the reader sees the other side of the gun control argument, they already have a bad taste in their mouth. This article helps shed light on how on a federal level, the push for gun control has lost momentum but state efforts are continuing if they have not yet already been successful. The article effectively guides the reader to desire stricter gun control laws.

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