In their fervor to control homosexuality, a number of denominational gatherings took up the issue of gay persons in their flock. Catholics reiterated their view of same sex love as “intrinsically disordered” but provided room for the celibate faithful at the communion table.
North Carolina Baptists took a more draconian approach when it voted to cut ties with congregations that actually practiced the love of Jesus by affirming or approving of homosexuality. With 4,000 churches and 1.2 million members, it is unclear how many offending parishes will be booted out of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
A Convention spokesman said “It’s not something we wanted to do, but homosexuality is the only sin that has its own advocacy group…those groups are pushing us into this stance.”
Could this be true? How many times has someone else forced you into doing something you really didn’t want to do (without using torture)? How did you respond? OK, maybe in rare situations such a thing could occur, but most of us don’t do things we don’t want to.
Is homosexuality the only sin with its own advocacy group? Ask the folks at NORML, the National Organization for the Removal of Marijuana Laws? The folks at Budweiser have their own advocacy program for drinking alcohol safely. It is called Responsibility Matters. Yet, many people of faith find the drinking of spirits sinful.
Good conservatives (and Catholic priests) know well about the North American Man Boy Love Association. Pedophilia and pederasty are distinctly different than homosexuality. Yet, the N.C. Baptists did not come out against marijuana, alcohol or these other forms of sin with their own advocacy groups.
My advice to the spokesman is to put on your Rev. Fred Phelps cohones and just say “God Hates Fags and We Do Too”. I happen to believe God loves all his children just the way he created them…