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Letter to the Editor
from the Victoria Advocate Newspaper
Victoria, Texas

Saturday, April 4, 1998

Editor, The Advocate:

The recent decision of the Baptist General Convention of Texas to disassociate itself from University Baptist Church of Austin was very courageous and should serve as an example of the way in which other denominations ought to conduct themselves. The BGCT cut off University Baptist from support because of its endorsement of homosexual behavior.

The official stand of BGCT in regard to homosexual behavior has been since 1996 that homosexuality is in conflict with the Bible. This is the same Bible that Methodist read and it is the basis of their statement that the practice of homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching."

However, the United Methodist Church declares, on one hand, that same-sex union ceremonies "shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches" and on the other hand, endorsed that behavior by not censuring their own minister, Jimmy Creech, when he flagrantly violated this policy.

Many other denominations, also professing to condemn homosexual behavior while reaching out the homosexual in their pews, have become squishy on their policies at the slightest suggestion of political incorrectness and threat of economic sanctioning by militant gay/lesbian groups. This sort of cowardice destroys any possible chance the church may have to help the homosexuals live in accordance with God's law. I am neither a Baptist nor a Methodist. I am, in fact, a Roman Catholic. My church states in its Catechism that homosexual acts are "acts of grave depravity" and further, "under no circumstances can they be approved." However, the Catechism also teaches that homosexuals "do not choose their homosexual condition" and therefore they "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity."

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