After California voters approved Proposition 8 in November 2008, restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples, a group of secular and religious leaders gathered in Pasadena to analyze the ways in which conservative religious communities contributed to the measure’s success. Their report examines how gay and lesbian religious organizing efforts have fallen short, and outlines strategies to guide future advocacy efforts.
A new survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is out, and it contains some fascinating polling about Californians and their positions on religious questions and on the place of religion in private and public life. Some of the results:
- 62% of Californians say that their belief in God or a higher power is absolutely certain (compared with 71% nationally); 22% say that their belief is fairly certain.
- 48% of Californians say that religion is a very important part of their lives (56% nationally). 28% say that it is somewhat important.
- 24% of Californians believe that scripture is the Word of God and is literally true (33% nationally).
- 24% of Californians believe that there is only one true way to interpret the teachings of their religion (27% nationally).
- 23% of Californians believe that their religion is the one true faith leading to eternal life (24% nationally); 67% believe that many religions can lead to eternal life (70% nationally).