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.'"

Comments

  1. says

    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.”

  2. says

    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.

  3. Disgusted American says

    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!

  4. MT says

    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.

  5. Tonic says

    “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.

  6. Timothy K says

    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.

  7. David in Houston says

    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.

  8. Contrarian says

    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.

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