Americans on Sin (Research done by the Ellison Corp.  I first saw this on A Place for the God Hungry.  Here are a few snippets:

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.”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 a majority of all Americans describe as sinful are:

  • Adultery  81%
  • Racism  74%
  • 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%

The behaviors that fewer than one-third of all Americans see as sinful:

  • Gambling  30%
  • 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%
  • Dancing  4%

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