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Anti-Gay Seattle Church Moves into 'Gayborhood', Calls it Blessing to Be Closer to Those 'Infected with AIDS': VIDEO

An anti-gay megachurch's move into Seattle's "gayborhood" has offended many of its residents, and its pastor's remarks have only added fuel to the fire, the NY Daily News reports:

MarshillThe Mars Hill Church Downtown Seattle’s new home is blocks from Capitol Hill, which is known locally as the “gayborhood.” The church plans to use the new location as a base to minister to the city’s business people; the homeless; and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“Being closer to Capitol Hill is a blessing as we are serving and ministering to those who are infected with AIDS on the hill,” said Tim Gaydos, lead pastor of Mars Hill Church’s Downtown Seattle branch said in a release to KOMO News.

Local LGBT rights organizations are not happy with Gaydos’ statement and its implications. Shaun Knittel, founder and board president of Social Outreach, a LGBT rights coalition, called the comments a “lower form of hate speech -- ignorance speech.”

“What the pastor is saying is that gay neighborhoods equal AIDS neighborhoods, ” Knittel told the Daily News. “That just because you’re gay or lesbian on Capitol Hill, that means you have HIV/AIDS.”

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  1. Isn't it interesting that so many Christian ministers - Pastor Gaydos being a prime example - have perfected the art of insulting their fellow human beings? They truly have mastered the non-Christian use of disgusting, despicable homophobic language toward the GLBT community.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 16, 2013 2:14:18 PM


  2. I would guess this probably has something to do with trying to ease their consciences about hate speech that has gone on for years at their church.
    This kind of reminds me of how so most Southern evangelican churches supported hateful anti-black rhetoric for so long, and then later would take up donations to "help the blacks have their own church." Invited to one such sermon, I asked, "seriously, your church is still segregating?"
    I was told, "Oh no, it's not that thru're not welcome here; they would probably just feel more comfortable over there."
    Being told that the undesirables can go "over there" probably eases their consciences about all the hate speech.

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 16, 2013 2:27:22 PM


  3. FWIW - They're more of a cult than a church. A weird combo or Scientology, Branch Davidianism and hyper-masculinity.

    And the leader is a raging closet case.

    Posted by: Dan | Jan 16, 2013 2:53:30 PM


  4. The health issues (AIDS) and their cost card is being played more and more as Porno Pete and company find they are running out of arguments.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 16, 2013 3:00:16 PM


  5. Mars Hill is a blight in Seattle. We are the most unchurched city in the states last I heard, but that small number of churches per capita is rather undone by the Mars Hill cult. They have campuses all over and the leader (Mark Driscoll) is a virulent misogynist and homophobe. He grabbed headlines a few years ago by preaching against yoga as "little demon classes." I was HORRIFIED to see their banner at that space downtown the other day. That was supposed to become a performance center, but apparently the Martians bought it out. Horrifying stuff.

    Posted by: T.s. | Jan 16, 2013 3:05:12 PM


  6. Really? I live there and I didn't know it was known as the "gayborhood."

    Posted by: Chuck In Seattle | Jan 16, 2013 3:10:59 PM


  7. Personally I think. It's a great idea for them.might help them grow up.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Jan 16, 2013 3:18:25 PM


  8. Lifelong Seattle resident and member of local community for decades:
    1) I have NEVER heard Capital Hill referred to as "gayborhood." Some writer just made that up for this article. The neighborhood is referred to as "the hill" by everyone.
    2) The location of this church building is not in the historically gay district of the city. This church building is located downtown. It's in the same city, but it's not on the hill.
    3) The Mars Hill Cult is not only anti-gay, it is outrageously anti-woman. They preach a "man is in charge of the women-folk" kind of mind-set.
    4) These strange cultists don't fit into the Seattle culture one iota, as evidenced by their ignorance regarding AIDS, among many other topics.
    5) They pretty much define the modern phrase of "Haters," complete with plastic smiles and vacant eyes.

    Posted by: Janice | Jan 16, 2013 3:28:47 PM


  9. The whole damn city is a gayborhood. I live in MHC's original neighborhood, Ballard, and we have plenty of gay neighbors.

    Posted by: pParkerT | Jan 16, 2013 3:31:39 PM


  10. As noted above, their hostility to gays is well known. Mark Driscoll is one of those macho-masculine preachers who think Jesus was a 1st Century William Wallace. Homosexuality doesn't fit into his world of neatly compartmentalized gender roles (where, by the way, men are the heads -- duh).

    Posted by: Lars | Jan 16, 2013 3:36:31 PM


  11. Kinda wish that an LGBT rights spokesperson could come up with a better answer than, "Nuh-uh, we do NOT all have HIV!" I mean, sure, that's true but it sort of suggests that having HIV is in fact something to be condemned, so for God's sake please don't say we all have it! I know it wasn't meant that way, but still.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jan 16, 2013 3:44:04 PM


  12. You know what? We'll change them. They won't change us. Yes, it's an aggressive, offensive move on their part. But when their members start meeting us, they'll start to change. They'll have to deal with reality instead of some ridiculous misconceptions. Have some confidence.

    Posted by: Rich | Jan 16, 2013 3:45:39 PM


  13. Of course cap hill is the gayborhood. Where have you guys been? Young gays live on the hill, then when you get older and settle down with your husbear you migrate over to West Seattle. Everyone knows that.

    Posted by: JT | Jan 16, 2013 3:46:24 PM


  14. What does the "gayborhood" do about living with those infected with ignorance?

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 16, 2013 3:54:51 PM


  15. fake news, utterly false. Whoever produced this piece of trash for KOMO news should be fired.

    Posted by: Gary, Seattle | Jan 16, 2013 3:55:02 PM


  16. Did he actually refer to the Hill as an "LGBTQ neighborhood"? How did he manage that without laughing? There isn't a shred of evidence that Capitol Hill is a transgender neighborhood or a neighborhood for people not gay identified but who are questioning their sexual orientation. The word is "gay" or "LGB."

    Posted by: Denise | Jan 16, 2013 3:59:21 PM


  17. Mars Hill is more of a cult than a church. Their mind control and disciplinary techniques are approaching Scientology:

    http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/church-or-cult/Content?oid=12172001

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 16, 2013 3:59:31 PM


  18. Rich has the right of it. It's very to demonize a faceless "other", but having to face their gay neighbors on a daily, casual, going-about-one's business sort of way, that "otherness" begins to erode.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Jan 16, 2013 4:02:30 PM


  19. To Chuck, Janice, etc:

    According to Wikipedia's page on Seattle neighborhoods, Capitol Hill is:

    "the center of the city's gay and counterculture communities, and is one of the city's most prominent nightlife and entertainment districts."

    "Large-scale gay residential settlement of Capitol Hill began in the early 1960s. Accordingly, this district is also home to a sizable number of gay and lesbian couples"

    In fact, on this page there is even a picture shown of the All Pilgrims Church with a huge rainbow sign on it's tower saying "You are welcome here".

    Posted by: HUH? | Jan 16, 2013 6:07:38 PM


  20. Dude, really? Yall are going to squabble over the hill being called "gayborhood"? Im a seattle resident and I know we don't call it the gayborhood per se but it IS known as our gayborhood. Some of my friends actually DO call it "the gayborhood" when they say they're going out. I don't even know why that was an issue here.

    Posted by: Kaderade | Jan 16, 2013 6:23:02 PM


  21. Now will you believe that the anti-gay Christians are infiltrating the GAYBORHOOD?

    These crazy haters will stop at nothing until they destroy LGBT people. One way or the other.

    Posted by: Roy | Jan 16, 2013 6:43:54 PM


  22. this is such a mean spirited and under handed comment to make. they are coming into a gay neighborhood making a statement like this...how do they think this will work out for them???????

    Posted by: Bernie | Jan 16, 2013 8:00:05 PM


  23. RUDE!

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jan 16, 2013 8:12:41 PM


  24. If they like being around large crowds of HIV+ people, they should move to Africa. Of course, one of the reasons for the rampant spread of AIDS there (next to rape and lack of AIDS education) is due to the Pope condemning the use of condoms.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 17, 2013 12:39:06 AM


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