LOMA LINDA, Calif. — A Loma Linda University survey of 10,000 respondents who have Adventist friends has yielded insights into the perception of Adventists in their social circles. Although the survey covered a wide range of Adventist behavior, the biggest consensus came from what lead researcher Para Porfa called “an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the fact that Adventists don’t dance.”
Many respondents detailed the reasons for their gratititude as stemming from the “absolute horror” they experienced while witnessing something as innocent as their Adventist friends attempting a victory dance to celebrate good news, said Porfa. “Respondents scarred from such an experience expressed a strong desire never, ever to see Adventists attempt a jig again.”
He shared that respondents wrote long comments about not being able to erase from their minds the astounding lack of physical coordination exhibited by their Adventist friends. Porfa said that many respondents claimed the Adventists in their lives “could not even tap their toes on beat to a gospel tune.”
Porfa added that in light of demonstrated and dire lack of Adventist ability, most respondents were heavily in favor of strict no-dancing policies being kept in place at Adventist academies and colleges to avoid even the “appearance of dancing.”
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