Posts Tagged ‘percent’

Time magazine says pro-life advocates are winning

New York City, N.Y., Jan 5, 2013 / 05:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Time magazine cover story contends that pro-life advocates have been “winning the abortion war” through legislative successes, changes in public opinion and new ultrasound …

Porn & Support For Same-Sex Marriage

An interesting article on the correlation, in men, of frequency of using porn and support for same-sex marriage. A snip:

But of the men who view pornographic material “every day or almost every day,” 54 percent “strongly agreed” that gay and lesbian marriage should be legal, compared with around 13 percent of those whose porn-use patterns were either monthly or less often than that. Statistical tests confirmed that porn use is a (very) significant predictor of men’s support for same-sex marriage, even after controlling for other obvious factors that might influence one’s perspective, such as political affiliation, religiosity, marital status, age, education, and sexual orientation.

The same pattern emerges for the statement, “Gay and lesbian couples do just as good a job raising children as heterosexual couples.” Only 26 percent of the lightest porn users concurred, compared to 63 percent of the heaviest consumers. It’s a linear association for men: the more porn they consume, the more they affirm this statement. More rigorous statistical tests confirmed that this association too is a very robust one.

Theoretically, the same pattern should hold when considering support for marriage in general. And it does, though not quite as distinctively. The less time spent viewing porn, the less critical men are of the institution of marriage. Forty-nine (49) percent of the lightest porn users “strongly disagreed” with a statement suggesting that “marriage is an outdated institution” (and an additional 26 percent simply “disagreed” with it), compared with 14 percent of the heaviest porn users.

Of course, correlation doesn’t mean causation, and I’m not suggesting causation here. But I’m also pretty confident the “causal arrow” wouldn’t run in the other direction. (Why would supporting same-sex marriage encourage you to look at porn?) Still, we should consider alternative explanations. What might predict both porn use and support for new family forms? Religion? Politics? While religiosity indeed matters for perceiving marriage as outdated, it does little to alter the stable link between porn use and same-sex marriage support. The same is true of political affiliation. It matters. It just doesn’t weaken the association between porn use and supporting nontraditional family forms.

In the end, contrary to what we might wish to think, young adult men’s support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and a noble commitment to fairness. It may be, at least in part, a byproduct of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts.
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Study finds 84 percent of world has religious affiliation

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2012 / 02:23 am (CNA).- More than 80 percent of people around the world – about 5.8 billion individuals – identify with a religious group, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

“Christians nu…

Socialist activist advises women to take out payday loans, go into debts for abortion

by Ben Johnson SEATTLE, December 17, 2012, ( – A socialist activist has revealed she has encouraged indigent women to have later-term abortions, take out payday loans at more than 300 percent interest, and run up credit card bills th…

The Appeal of the Remote

Sure, I read Shakespeare at the appointed times in school, but when I attend a play these days, the language and world it reveals still surprises me.

I’ll arrive without much thought, and find myself startled in the first few minutes. I can’t unde…

Study shows Colombia’s youth reject abortion, drug laws

Bogotá, Colombia, Nov 30, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- A study revealed that the vast majority of young people in Colombia reject abortion, “gay marriage” and the legalization of drugs, as the country debates measures on all three issues.


Catholics strongly support new Mass translation after first year

Washington D.C., Nov 30, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA).- One year after the Church introduced revisions to the English-language liturgy, an overwhelming majority of Catholics continue to view the changes in a positive light.

A new poll finds that 70 percent…

For Democrats, 70 percent pro-abortion isn’t enough

by Ben Johnson “The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” – St. Luke 16:8. With the election safely behind us, the media have lost all interest in reporting on abortion extremism. This is most dolefu…

Media misleads on reasons behind abortion decline

by Michael New Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released abortion statistics for calendar year 2009. The news was good for pro-lifers as the CDC statistics indicate the number of abortions decreased by approximately 5 percent between 20…

Drop in abortion numbers could reflect changing attitudes

Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new government report estimates the number of U.S. abortions dropped five percent in 2009, drawing praise from pro-life advocates and researchers who say the drop could be due in part to an i…

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