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Dozens of Omaha-Area Pastors to Sign Proclamation Saying Homosexuality Not a Sin, Welcoming Gays to Church

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An Omaha, Nebraska pastor has organized more than 100 area pastors of all different faiths to sign a proclamation welcoming gay people to Christianity and distancing themselves from anti-gay Christians, KETV reports:

Rev. Eric Elnes, pastor of Countryside Community Church, said the proclamation was created because, “we were just fed up with the popular notion that the Christian point of view is anti-gay.”

Elnes, who leads an Omaha church of 1,500 members at 87th Street and Pacific Street, said more than 100 ordained Christian ministers have signed the proclamation, including leaders from Lutheran, Episcopalian, United Church of Christ, Methodist and Presbyterian churches.

“We believe homosexuality is not a sin. It’s not a birth defect or a choice. God created people this way. And if God created them this way, they need to be honored for who they are, and fully included in church life and wider society,” said Elnes, whose words are reflected in the document.

The pastors are holding a special event at 6 pm on Wednesday at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge to unveil the proclamation and "show full acceptance of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people."

Watch a video interview with Elnes HERE.

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  1. wow! can you imagine if this type of action catches fire across this big ole dumb country of ours?

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 13, 2011 10:56:52 AM


  2. This is a great step in the right direction and addresses the post comments that not all christians agree with the AFA and need to stand for their truth. Now, can we pressure these politicians like Santorum who have "gay friends" to actually show them being friends and not props?

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jun 13, 2011 11:01:04 AM


  3. I'm the silent majority is finally standing up to the hysterical fringe.

    Posted by: MT | Jun 13, 2011 11:03:58 AM


  4. Glad, that is . . .

    Posted by: MT | Jun 13, 2011 11:04:16 AM


  5. All organized religion is evil, even if some of the people in it are not. This is a stupid, stupid, stupid way to waste your life -- arguing over who can hear their mutual imaginary friend more accurately. It's better than being hated, though, and I'm glad they mean well, I guess.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jun 13, 2011 11:09:52 AM


  6. I'm glad this is happening. This is an important part of the healing process for a lot of LGBT people - as well as huge in combatting the hate-groups' abuse of a "christian" moral authority.

    Posted by: mike128 | Jun 13, 2011 11:19:32 AM


  7. "All organized religion is evil, even if some of the people in it are not. This is a stupid, stupid, stupid way to waste your life -- arguing over who can hear their mutual imaginary friend more accurately. It's better than being hated, though, and I'm glad they mean well, I guess."

    Yes, exactly, thank you.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 13, 2011 12:50:00 PM


  8. This is a kind gesture but it won't get me ever to vote GOP.

    Posted by: Todd | Jun 13, 2011 1:42:05 PM


  9. Capital W O W. Thank you that gesture means a lot.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jun 13, 2011 1:57:59 PM


  10. Hallelujah! It's great to see true Christians, gay and heterosexual, uniting to show Christ's love and to point out that Jesus loves all of God's children equally. Thanks be to God.

    Posted by: DB | Jun 13, 2011 2:27:40 PM


  11. This actually did brighten my day,Happy Pride Month Nebraska!

    Posted by: John Normile | Jun 13, 2011 3:38:51 PM


  12. It's about time Christian America got off their arses, stopped backsliding and stood up for their Christian principles and stopped being manipulated by a bunch of closet queens.

    Posted by: Barney | Jun 13, 2011 4:58:14 PM


  13. "It's about time Christian America got off their arses, stopped backsliding and stood up for their Christian principles and stopped being manipulated by a bunch of closet queens."

    AMEN! Glad to see some Christians can put the message of Jesus over outdated codes from Leviticus and ramblings from Paul of Tarsus

    Posted by: MadM@ | Jun 13, 2011 5:19:10 PM


  14. It's a good thing.

    Posted by: kodiak | Jun 13, 2011 10:54:49 PM


  15. wow. this is shocking. maybe the world really IS coming to an end? or maybe hell is just freezing over. i wish more churches across America would do the same! not all Christians are hateful but we have those out there that give the non-hating group a bad name.

    Posted by: pitluver | Jun 14, 2011 4:11:53 AM


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