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300 Protestors Disrupt Methodist Convention Over Anti-gay Vote

Nearly 1,000 delegates at the United Methodist Church's General Conference voted on the church's gay policies, the Star-Telegram reports, opting to both discriminate and resolve to oppose discrimination:

Umc"While affirming the existing guidelines about sexuality, delegates also approved a resolution Wednesday opposing homophobia. Numerous delegates at the crowded session spoke into microphones placed around the convention center floor. One man from Africa said that 'we love homosexuals, but we detest what they do.' Others said condemnation of homosexual behavior conflicts with Jesus' message of love and acceptance. The church must guard against 'denying companionship and intimacy in loving relationships just because there are differences of understanding,' a Texas pastor said...One man, who said he is gay, said the church is a 'safe place. ... That should not be sacrificed.' A woman suggested that the Social Principles should be modified: 'Let's just say we are all faithful Christians and agree to disagree.'"

Here's how the vote went: "Approved, 517-416, keeping the statement that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Rejected, 574-298, a measure that would have changed the church's definition of marriage to include same-sex unions. Approved, 544-365, a resolution opposing homophobia and discrimination against lesbians or gays."

MethodistsThis morning, 300 people entered the Fort Worth convention center in a "negotiated disruption" (aka a protest) of the proceedings over yesterday's vote: "The protesters -- some wearing arm bands or buttons with 'All means all' or other slogans -- walked down the center aisle in a statement arranged with conference leaders. Protest leaders and several bishops then went to meet in a private area for conference officials called "holy conferencing." It was not known how long the meeting would be or whether those meeting would issue a statement later today. Marcher Ed Hoar, 65 and retiree from Delaware, Ohio, said he works for a suicide hotline, 'I discovered what kind of pain we cause gay people,' Hoar said. 'They’re just regular people trying to lead regular lives. ...There was an opportunity to do the right thing, but the church didn't have the courage to do it.'"

Methodist delegates vote to reject same-sex unions [star-telegram]
300 protest at Methodist conference in Fort Worth [star-telegram]

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  1. Christianity is incompatible with decent, respectful human society...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | May 1, 2008 5:49:17 PM


  2. Is there any reference that homosexual relationships are against the will of God in the bible? Maybe one of the sex acts is something this God abhors, but relationships? How bout everything but anal sex? Any scriptual condemnations for 69? Kissing someone of the same gender? Fisting? None of that is like lying like with woman. Where is the reference to scripture to back up the Methodist condemnations they hatefully spew? Hey, there are none. Same gender relationships are revered in the bible. The people who voted for this discrimination are lying, duped, hateful scum.

    Posted by: Vi Agara | May 1, 2008 6:04:25 PM


  3. Hillary Clinton is a very religious woman. She proclaims that her faith, i.e., by which means her superstitions, has guided her through life’s ‘tribulations’, and effects how she votes on issues. Maybe that’s why she’s a pigheaded opponent of same sex marriage and says that it’s a “states rights” issue.

    When she came to Washington in 1993, Clinton joined a christian activist sect with people like Eileen Bakke, wife of Dennis Bakke, a leader in the anti-union Christian management movement, Grace Nelson, the wife of Senator Bill Nelson, a conservative Florida Democrat, Susan Baker, wife of reactionary Republican James Baker and Joanne Kemp, wife of conservative Jack Kemp. Their christian cell is part of the “Fellowship”, a network of sex-segregated cells of business, political, and military leaders. The “Fellowship” is dedicated to "spiritual war on behalf of Christ”.

    The only public event for the Fellowship is the National Prayer Breakfast and the rest of the time they "make a fetish of being invisible" according to former Republican Senator Bill Armstrong. They don’t wear sheets but they’re undercover for good reasons. The “Fellowship” believes that the elite win power by the will of god, who uses them for his purposes. Their goal is to promote gods plan, which, you guessed it, includes tax breaks for the rich, prosecuting the oil war in Iraq, whittling away at the Bill of Rights and gutting ENDA. If you’ve been a really good little Democrat, and followed god’s loan, then your earthly reward is a seat on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart like the one Hillary held for years. Really good chritians like Hillary find that the best (most lucrative) fellowships are those with billionaires like the Walton litter and Rupert Murdoch.

    The "Fellowhsip" bases their irrational but self serving beliefs on a superstitious tidbit identified as Romans 13:1 "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers...The powers that are ordained of God." (Monica would be wise to apply for New Zealand citizenship well before the election if Clinton's the nominee.)

    I wonder if Clintons feet will be held to the fire until she recants her associations with these two homophobic groups, or if recanting is only required of those with a better supply of melanin.

    Meanwhile Obama’s proven his vacillation and unreliability by dumping one of his non homophobic superstitious friends but refuses to this day to repudiate scum like the Reverend Donnie and Mary Mary. And he too obstinately opposes same sex marriage.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue, RainbowRED | May 1, 2008 6:48:56 PM


  4. Oh yes, the United Methodist Church is definitely a "safe place". When I came out, the congregation to which I belonged threw me out. I guess they weren't really big on truth. A year before that, the pastor tried to prevent the arrest of an older member of the congregation who was caught trying to feel up young teenage girls. I guess that was okay because he was male and they were female.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | May 1, 2008 7:23:03 PM


  5. Tomorrow I'll be off to Miami for the annual meeting of the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ. Not only will I be a voting delegate but I will also be presenting a resolution that I wrote condemning the upcoming "Marriage Protection Amendment" which passed unanimously at my home church. This Conference-wide resolution has the full support and endorsement of the Florida Conference Minister and the state board of the UCC.

    The resolution is expected to pass.

    Additionally, the Youth delegation of the Florida Conference of the UCC will be presenting a resolution declaring themselves officially Open and Affirming to all, including GLBT youth.

    If you are so inclined, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers over the next few days.

    I'll report back on the results.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 1, 2008 10:35:01 PM


  6. It's times like these I'm glad I'm agnostic. Crazy conventions and angry protests over scribbled nonsense that doesn't truly even address gay, bisexual or transgender relationships. It's like looking into a crystal ball and trying to see something out of it that just truly isn't there - yet, who try hard enough, will see something nonexistent because superstitions are hardwired right into our DNA. Who knows if there's a heaven on high, but I do know this much: there is no text or priests or words that exist that know what, exactly, such a being would want from us. One would think, if we had to guess, it would be 'be good unto others,' but clearly most religions disagree.

    Posted by: Ryan | May 1, 2008 10:35:51 PM


  7. The Florida Conference of the UCC Resolution against the Florida Marriage Amendment passed OVERWHELMINGLY with only about five votes against.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 3, 2008 10:00:31 PM


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