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Judge Dismisses Homosexual Lawsuit Against Des Plaines Methodist Campground

From: Rev. Kent Svendsen
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 the denomination.

"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 You tell it, I will publish it.

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