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User Info: OzymandiasIV

OzymandiasIV
6 years ago#1
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/news/local/chi-200-methodist-clergy-in-illinois-defy-church-on-samesex-unions-20110626,0,7392850.story

Thought this was interesting and relevant.
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User Info: Aperture_Shado

Aperture_Shado
6 years ago#2
But the Rev. Scott Field, pastor of Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church in Naperville, said the church's moral conscience has prevented any hasty policy shifts that simply conform to culture.

"If someone has ethical opposition to that lifestyle, this has been equated with hatred," he said. "We're having a hard time disagreeing with one another without calling each other names."

Field said he doesn't condone violence against gays and lesbians, but also believes the church should not condone homosexuality. He called the clergy's pledge of disobedience an example of the Northern Illinois Conference's trademark "hijinks."

"Northern Illinois fancies itself as some sort of prophetic voice in the denomination," Field said. "It's highly unfortunate. It politicizes some legitimate issues about gay and lesbian relationships and leaves us with another round of conflict."


I agree with this guy.
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Aperture_Shado
6 years ago#3
Also, I think these guys trying to "force" the church to condone homosexuality is ridiculous, but they will probably get backed by the government eventually. Won't be long now... 6 months in prison for any pastor refusing to execute a gay "marriage". Mark my words, it'll happen within our lifetimes.
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User Info: ledzepfan15

ledzepfan15
6 years ago#4
It politicizes some legitimate issues about gay and lesbian relationships and leaves us with another round of conflict."

What are these "legitimate" issues?
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Giacomo_Hawkins
6 years ago#5
Aperture_Shado posted...
Also, I think these guys trying to "force" the church to condone homosexuality is ridiculous, but they will probably get backed by the government eventually. Won't be long now... 6 months in prison for any pastor refusing to execute a gay "marriage". Mark my words, it'll happen within our lifetimes.

Right, like pastors are arrested for refusing to officiate at interracial or interfaith unions.
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fudrick
6 years ago#6
Aperture_Shado posted...
Also, I think these guys trying to "force" the church to condone homosexuality is ridiculous, but they will probably get backed by the government eventually. Won't be long now... 6 months in prison for any pastor refusing to execute a gay "marriage". Mark my words, it'll happen within our lifetimes.

Wow, are you serious?
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User Info: OnceInALifeTime

OnceInALifeTime
6 years ago#7
Interesting choice of language there, Shado.
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User Info: FoxTheSwift

FoxTheSwift
6 years ago#8
I can't wait for the day Shado goes to prison and we don't have to see his ridiculously hateful posts.

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king_gimpy
6 years ago#9

From: Aperture_Shado | #003
Also, I think these guys trying to "force" the church to condone homosexuality is ridiculous, but they will probably get backed by the government eventually. Won't be long now... 6 months in prison for any pastor refusing to execute a gay "marriage". Mark my words, it'll happen within our lifetimes.


Oh poor little persecuted Xians ;_____;

Seriously, that'll never happen.
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User Info: Icymane_Shado

Icymane_Shado
6 years ago#10
And why exactly would I go to prison?

Also, my last post may be slightly exaggeratory. However, I do think that eventually saying "homosexuality is immoral" will eventually be seen as equivalent to "black people are lesser beings" in terms of ethical correctness. Which is absurd IMO.
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