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Anti-Gay Pastor Considered for Chicago Alderman Post

LGBT activists and leaders have notified Mayor Richard Daley of concerns they have over the possible appointment of homophobic pastor Wilfredo De Jesus as a replacement for 26th Ward Alderman Billy Ocasio, the Sun Times reports:

Dejesus "Ocasio, who has resigned his seat and has signed on as a top adviser to Gov. Quinn, has asked Daley to appoint De Jesus, senior pastor of New Life Covenant Ministries, to replace him in the Humboldt Park ward. De Jesus, an influential evangelical minister with 4,000 church members, has taken stands and uttered words that infuriate many in the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. His megachurch belongs to the Assemblies of God sect, which believes that 'homosexual behavior is a sin because it is contrary to God's created order for the family and human relationships.' De Jesus opposed the proposed Pride Campus, a high school that would cater to GLBT students, telling the Booster newspaper, 'What about that girl who is a virgin, who is being harassed by lesbians and guys to have sex, and yet you're going to build a gay school?' he said. 'It's not fair.'"

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  1. Unfortunately, this story is correct. The good reverend De Jesus is not a friend of the LGBT community. He is a ardent Pentecostal minister. How do I know? I grew up with him in the same church: Palestine Christian Temple. My mother served as co-pastor of the congregation when he attended. He eventually married Reverend Ignacio Marrero's daughter and took over the reins of the church. He took a wonderful and small congregation of three-hundred and ballooned it in to an impersonal mega congregation of three-thousand. He also changed the name of the church to "New Life."

    Posted by: Osvaldo Del Valle | Jun 1, 2009 11:42:44 AM


  2. Mental midget. Great. Just what Chicago needs.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jun 1, 2009 11:49:26 AM


  3. It's becoming clearer and clearer that religious organizations have lost their way. Rather than teaching love and acceptance of all god's people, they are saying the things their followers want to hear in order to swell their numbers and their pocketbooks.

    Posted by: bluprntguy | Jun 1, 2009 11:58:48 AM


  4. Keep your religious BS OUT OF OUR SECULAR LAWS! ..or BE TAXED!!! I can't stand when certain black people who've either TAKE THIER RIGHTS FOR GRANTED,and feel the need to TRAMPLE on other's Rights....or they've never really seen discrimination like thier parents did...and have NO problem USING Religion to discriminate against others! Makes me sick! Anyone have dirt on this man.....bring it UP asap!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 1, 2009 12:03:07 PM


  5. It's becoming clearer and clearer that religious figures should be banned from holding political office. They are obviously the ones who have the problem separating church from state.

    Posted by: MT | Jun 1, 2009 12:05:38 PM


  6. "What about that girl who is a virgin, who is being harassed by lesbians and guys to have sex, and yet you're going to build a gay school? It's not fair."

    - WOW. That statement is all kinds of dumb. Unreal.

    Posted by: Tonic | Jun 1, 2009 12:07:59 PM


  7. Keep your religious BS OUT OF OUR SECULAR LAWS! ..or BE TAXED!!! I can't stand when certain black people who've either TAKE THIER RIGHTS FOR GRANTED,and feel the need to TRAMPLE on other's Rights....or they've never really seen discrimination like thier parents did...and have NO problem USING Religion to discriminate against others! Makes me sick! Anyone have dirt on this man.....bring it UP asap!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 1, 2009 12:03:07 PM

    Although I agree with your sentiments about keeping religion out of our secular laws or be taxed, I also wanted to let you know that this man is not black. He is Latino.

    Posted by: Timothy K | Jun 1, 2009 12:25:24 PM


  8. Just what I was thinking, TONIC. Yes, the poor fictional virgin girl is getting harassed by lesbians and guys. Yeah, that happens every day. So actually if you build a school for gays, those evil lesbians won't be able to harass the virgin. Problem solved! Well, except for the horny straight guy. I'm sure the pastor will figure something out. Perhaps a separate school for the 3 harassed virgins.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Jun 1, 2009 12:40:03 PM


  9. What ever happened to separation of church and state? Say what you want about the Catholics, but at least of late they don't allow their clergy to hold public office until they have resigned from the priesthood. The same policy ought to apply to Protestants like this pastor.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Jun 1, 2009 4:52:06 PM


  10. WTF with the Black shit here YET AGAIN? He doesn't piss me off half as much as "disgusted american" does. Fuck you.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Jun 1, 2009 11:05:29 PM


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