Congratulations to The United Church of Christ, which became the first mainline Christian denomination to endorse gay marriage when its 25th biennial General Synod decisively approved an "equal marriage rights for all" resolution.
The vote set off a celebration in the Georgia World Congress Center, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Gay couples hugged one another. Some wiped away tears. A group of UCC delegates joined hands afterward and sang, "Amen." But other delegates rushed from the hall warning of schism within the 1.6 million member denomination.
What would possess a person to leave a Church because it doesn't discriminate? As if the highest value in the world is upholding prejudice? Let these whiners leave and join a Church like the Southern Babptist Convention that defines itself by whom it excludes.
Those other hypocritical shits wouldnt even let Jesus in their faux churches. He would be too kind, loving and inclusionary for them.
posted by Anonymous, at
7/06/2005 11:56 AM
Lets not forget the other hypocrites such as the vatican, orthodox judaism and islam? Kudos to the United Church of Christ.
The UCC has always been a trail blazer for social issues. Hopefully, now, others will follow.
posted by John, at
7/06/2005 1:03 PM
Often, because I defend my gay fellow citizens, those who are staunchly Christian always have a piece of advice for me. Read the Bible and accept Jesus and maybe then I'll be a more moral person. Oh yeah...with a straight face they do this. I shoot back that they insult me by thinking that there is nor merit in my own belief and that I haven't ALREADY studied the Bible. I remind them that the Jesus way was to stand up for justice for those who had none. Jesus aligned himself with the outsiders and people shunned from society. He took risks to his life for doing so, because the people he was with were considered moral outlaws. So MY walk in beauty was more like that of Jesus than those that stand up for gay people get credit for. Besides, Christianity was expanded through benevolent work, but by threat and sometimes violent subjugation of non believers. The legacy is still here and the history is cruel and bloody too. So trust in Christians will have to be won with justice for us who live by the laws of men.
Their usual response is to then leave the discussion. I am a PROUD non Christian. But the Christians I trust are those with fully integrated and egalitarian congregations and outreach. If not for my experience with those Christians, or Jews and yes, some Muslims...I'd write off every damn one of them as the insane posse they can really be.
posted by Regan, at
7/06/2005 2:28 PM
Thanks for the kudos to the UCC. I'm a formerly closeted 'ex-gay' pastor from a mainline-but-anti-gay denomination who now serves proudly and OUT in the UCC. The UCC stand re: same-sex marriage is just one more progressive, gay-affirming action among many that have set it apart as truly Christ-like in its advocacy ad inclusion of all people. Thanks, Wayne, for all your great work in exposing the danger and frauds of ex-gay ideology.
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