Judge Dismisses Homosexual Lawsuit Against Des Plaines Methodist
From: Rev. Kent
To: John Warrener
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2000 1:55 AM
Subject: New Year Message
Such an inquiry would run afoul of the First Amendment and, therefore, the
Commission's claim must be dismissed.
I was waiting for the United Methodist Reporter to report on this matter, but since I
did not see anything, I thought I would let everyone know some news. On December 3, 1999,
the first of the complaints made by the Cook County Commission On Human Rights against the
Des Plaines Campground were dismissed by Cook County Judge Thomas P. Durkin. Here is part
of what he said in the written judgment:
"The Commission would not have standing to bring a simply property law or contract
claim against the Methodist Camp. As such, this court finds that the Commission's claim,
if allowed to proceed, would require the Commission and this Court to inquire into matters
of church faith and doctrine. Such an inquiry would run afoul of the First Amendment and,
therefore, the Commission's claim must be dismissed."
It would seem that the judge feels this is a disagreement in faith and beliefs within
"I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise
enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against
another - and this in front of unbelievers! The very fact that you have lawsuits among you
means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather
be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your
brothers." I Corinthians 6:5-8
I apologize to those who are offended by my sending this e-mail. However, until the
time that the United Methodist Reporter and other official UM information sources become
more inclusive and stop censoring and or put a biased spin on the news, this is one of the
few ways this informed Christian voice of dissent can be heard.
Rev. Kent L. Svendsen
Editor's Note: Not to
worry about censorship or liberal spin at the UCMPage.org. You tell it, I will publish it.