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“Backers of Gay Marriage Ban Find Tepid Response in Pews”

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  • nyguy_1225
    For those who may not have seen it, the Sunday New York Times published on article on the front page this week under the title Backers of Gay Marriage Ban
    Message 1 of 1 , May 18, 2004
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      For those who may not have seen it, the Sunday New York Times
      published on article on the front page this week under the
      title "Backers of Gay Marriage Ban Find Tepid Response in Pews."
      Interestingly, the first line of the article reads: "Just four
      months after an alliance of conservative Christians was threatening
      a churchgoer revolt unless President Bush championed an amendment
      banning same-sex marriage, members say they have been surprised and
      disappointed by what they call a tepid response from the pews."

      In truth this is actually not so surprising at all. I don't know
      how things are where most of you live, but here in New York, the
      senior pastors of some of our largest and most influential churches
      (among every mainline denomination!) have become increasingly
      unconvinced by the convention exegesis that has for far too long
      been used to endorse anti-gay theology -- and they are in growing
      numbers incorporating special programs to re-educate and challenge
      their congregations' presumptions about the Bible and homosexuality,
      and provide support for the gay people among their flock. Many of
      these men are esteemed, respected and long-standing evangelical
      leaders who were at one time rabidly anti-gay. The churches are
      increasingly becoming welcoming to gay people -- not because it's
      the "politically-correct" thing to do -- but because they have re-
      examined the issue in depth, grabbled with the passages with
      integrity, and concluded it simply is not biblical to be anti-gay.
      It's quite amazing to behold!

      The Christian attitude toward homosexuality has been transformed
      from one of unconditional condemnation to qualified acceptance.
      This change remains extremely controversial but the parallels with
      earlier debates in which the Christian community was eventually
      forced to acknowledge they had erred are conspicuous. It is quite
      likely that within the next decade or two, those texts which have
      been quoted to "prove" the moral repugnance of homosexual
      relationships will be reinterpreted by the majority of Christians,
      just as texts have been reinterpreted in the case of slavery and the
      ordination of women. There is increasingly a very different
      attitude towards homosexuality among Christians today and I am one
      of many who is confident that eventually it is going to prevail.

      -Alex
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