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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.”

Watch KOMO News' report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. To the poster called "Huh?":
    I never wrote that the hill is not the historically gay neighborhood. I merely said that in common talk around town, people don't really refer to Capital Hill as "the gayborhood" but commonly refer to it as "the hill." Don't get so upset, dear. No one is saying it's not a traditionally gay place. It's just funny that the writer of this article calls it "gayborhood" as if we have said that for a long time.
    Further, it is incorrect to say that they have moved into the traditionally gay neighborhood. Their location downtown is in the financial center. Hardly a place where many LGBTQ folk (or anyone else, for that matter) lives.
    I certainly agree that most important point of the article is that these strange cult members have such archaic view of AIDS that they would make such an ignorant statement. We will have to help them broaden their minds.
    Peace!

    Posted by: Janice | Jan 17, 2013 12:56:37 PM


  2. If they are in fact setting up shop in an historically gay neighborhood, we can only hope that they will suffer the same fate as General Custer when he decided to open a bed and breakfast at Little Bighorn - figuratively speaking, of course.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 17, 2013 8:38:04 PM


  3. It is rather entertaining to observe the crazed religious cults losing their minds having lost their ancient quest of demonizing we "The Gays' ... we're ever so threatening as we persecute them by simply having created the end their perceived superiority.

    Posted by: RexT | Jan 18, 2013 1:23:09 PM


  4. A group this homophobic is not going to be swayed by the facts of real, live gay people. Sometimes having a face to hate is helpful to a cause.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 18, 2013 4:07:20 PM


  5. You know what they say: The bigger the homophobe, the bigger the flaming queen they really are.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Jan 19, 2013 5:01:32 PM


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