Michael Shannon, 6/9/2015 [Archive]

Polls Gleefully Say the Darndest Things

By Michael Shannon

New York Post columnist Kyle Smith displays a remarkable inability to face reality. In a recent column he says the victory of the homosexual lobby over cultural and religious norms is Middle America's fault. And that's a good thing!

Smith writes, "We've hardly taken notice of it, because it happened in people's minds instead of in the streets, happened in ordinary people instead of in the elites and the punditocracy."

Nothing could be farther from the truth. The baptism by bathhouse of Middle America is a textbook case of media—driven, trickle—down deviancy.

"Ordinary people" have been on the receiving end of an unrelenting cultural assault for the past four decades. Support for same sex marriage — now 63 percent — and belief that sexual orientation is baked in at birth — 51 percent — is a result of this campaign.

And isn't it ironic that homosexual side of the ledger doesn't acknowledge their arguments simultaneously contend sexual orientation, which is invisible, is immutable from birth, but your sex, formerly identified by plumbing, is as changeable as the weather?

A rule of thumb when reading poll stories is to judge the results by the quality of the question, which means examining the exact wording. Its been said a skillful district attorney can persuade a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. With the right question an equally skillful pollster can get the jury to elect that same sandwich mayor of Jerusalem.

Smith doesn't provide wording, but I imagine it went something like: "Do you approve of loving, faithful gay couples exercising their Constitutionally—guaranteed right to get married in an Episcopal Church if they promise not to move in next door?"

Slanted poll questions, combined with no personal investment, mean the answer is usually recycled Zeitgeist.

As Brent Bozell points out FOX features homosexual characters in 42 percent of it's programming. Reinforced by media coverage of the programs and the "groundbreaking" characters "courageously telling their story."

That's why surveys consistently report these same "ordinary people" believe 25 percent of America is homosexual, when the actual count from the Washington Post is a fraction. "Based on the 2013 NHIS data 96.6 percent of adults identified as straight, 1.6 percent identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent identified as bisexual." The remaining 1.1 percent hadn't used the bathroom yet so they hadn't checked.

Why the disparity? It's the constant bombardment of propaganda.

Contrast "support" for homosexual marriage with surveys on "global warming." Pew Research found belief in "warming" has plunged 20 percent in three years, from 77 percent to 57 percent. Belief that it's our fault has dropped almost 10 points, from 47 to 36 percent. The question has gone from an abstract "what about the weather?" to a concrete "do you want to pay a fortune to encourage this hysteria?" And America's answer is no.

"Ordinary people's" realization that they have a dog in the "warming" fight — as opposed to not having a baker in the marriage fight — has resulted in sharply declining support.

And speaking of Mr. Zeitgeist, as Bob Dylan said, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" and right now it's gale force from San Francisco.

Supporters of real marriage see what happens when others speak up.

Franklin Graham announced he would be closing all the Samaritan's Purse accounts at Wells Fargo after the bank broadcast a commercial featuring two lesbians telling a little girl, "We're going to be your new mommies."

Graham said, "This is one way we as Christians can speak out...stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God's laws and His standards. Maybe if enough of us do this, it will get their attention."

It got the attention of the Charlotte Observer's Gaystapo. Reporters there made it their duty to render Graham's money untouchable. Using guilt—by—association they essentially said any bank taking Franklin's money becomes the First National Bank of Bigotry.

(In case you're interested ,intolerant Franklin's charity received $460,200,000 in 2013 and $400,200,000 of that went to the needy. If it had been the Clinton Foundation, $27,600,000 would have trickled down to the needy, a difference of $327,600,000.)

If that happens to Franklin Graham, "ordinary Americans" can imagine their fate, so they just keep on shufflin.'

Let's give credit where credit's due. The mainstreaming of the homosexual (and all its variants) lifestyle is the greatest propaganda victory in modern times. If Al Sharpton had been this persuasive George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson would both be on death row.


©Copyright 2015 Michael Shannon, distributed by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Shannon is a commentator and public relations consultant, and is the author of "A Conservative Christian's Guidebook for Living in Secular Times." He can be reached at mandate.mmpr@gmail.com.

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