A new poll released on July 14 found that 45 percent of Americans do not think it is morally wrong for people to self-identify as a gender different from their birth sex, also known as transgender.
The survey, conducted by LifeWay Research, a Christian-based research company, also found that 35 percent survey were morally opposed to this type of gender identification, while 14 percent said it was not a moral issue and 6 percent were not sure.
"A majority of Americans reject the view of a creator giving them a gender that shouldn’t be changed," Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay, said.
However, the question on McConnell's survey to 1,000 people does not mention the word "creator."
"We freely change many things about ourselves -- we have cosmetic surgery, we use teeth whitener, we dye our hair, we get tattoos," McConnell added. "Many Americans view gender as one more thing on that list."
McConnell also insisted there is a trend of amorality in America.
"This reflects a changing worldview," McConnell stated. "A growing percentage of Americans don’t believe in right and wrong. They don’t believe there’s absolute truth -- and if there’s no absolute truth, then they’re reluctant to talk about morality."
The survey question included the word "morally," and most of the respondents answered within that morality framework.
When broken down in religious categories, 54 percent of evangelical Christians believed self-identifying as a different gender was morally wrong, as did 35 percent of non-Christian faiths (Judaism or Islam) and 26 percent of Catholics. Of non-religious people, 20 percent also believed it was morally wrong.
When it comes to using surgery or hormones for gender reassignment, 61 percent of evangelical Christians oppose it, while only 32 percent of Americans oppose it.
"Evangelical Christians are clearly in the minority on this issue," McConnell added.
The poll also showed that people who know a transgender individual personally are more likely to support that person's decision regarding gender.
The survey found that evangelical Christians are less likely to personally know a transgender person.
In response to the poll, Chelsen Vicari, of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, told The Christian Post:
"It seems hard to imagine male-female sexual complementarity norms are now controversial. But this is the next step in our fallen society's attempt to break down moral absolutes within Judeo-Christian teaching.
"Even some young evangelical Christians I know are buying into the fallacies that sex isn't sacred, marriage is modifiable, and gender is fluid. But what do you expect when the 'Christian Living' section of our favorite bookstores and blogosphere are filled with popular, prolific Christian authors who tell us to relax on gender binaries or otherwise be dubbed a hateful bigot."