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Mel White And Rebel Pastor Plead With Bishop To Stop Trial


From: Secret Squirrel <secret_squirrel@nym.alias.net>
To: ucmpage@ucmpage.org <ucmpage@ucmpage.org>
Date: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 8:20 AM
Subject: Messages from Jimmy and Mel

Good Morning John.  Here's some more fodder for your destruction of the United Methodist Church.  Enjoy!  Part 3c of 3

AN OPEN LETTER
To Bishop William Boyd Grove, Presiding Officer
The Trial of the Reverend Jimmy Creech,
November 17-18, 1999, Grand Island, Nebraska
To Bishop Joel Martinez, the United Methodist Bishop for Nebraska and
To the good people of the United Methodist Church.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We beg you, in the name of Jesus, do not allow the trial of the Rev. Jimmy Creech to convene in Grand Island, Nebraska, November 17, 1999. You may sincerely believe that this is a private legal matter between you and one of your clergy who has broken a law. You may be convinced that this is a case of pastoral discipline that is no one's business but your own. Unfortunately, the whole world knows what is really happening in Grand Island.

This rare church trial is taking place because Jimmy Creech dared to bless the loving relationship of two gay men. By trying him in this public forum you are saying to the nation that you find their loving relationship so offensive that a clergy who offers them God's blessing should be persecuted and punished to the full extent of church law. With Methodism's roots planted deep in John and Charles Wesley's concern for the outcast, how can you try Jimmy Creech for his concern for gay and lesbian people? You are trying a good man for breaking a bad law and it is that bad law that is on trial, not Jimmy Creech.

This trial is another highly visible assault on America's sexual minorities that will be broadcast to the nation. Every newspaper and newsmagazine report, every radio and television newscast from Grand Island will inadvertently inflame the debate about homosexuality and homosexuals. Televangelists and religious talk-show hosts will use Grand Island to fill the airwaves (and their directmail, fundraising letters) with more false and inflammatory anti-gay rhetoric. Skinheads, white supremacists, militia, Christian Reconstructionists and other extremist groups will have their anti-homosexual bigotry re-enforced. The news will even trickle down to drunken kids with baseball bats.

Whatever your verdict, this trial will further confuse and divide the church of Christ. It will support discrimination in public policy against homosexuals. It will help ruin lives, divide families, and split churches. And it will justify fear, anger, bigotry and acts of violence against us. If you allow this trial to continue, you will break the heart of Christ, bring shame to His body the church, and commit an act of spiritual violence against God's gay and lesbian children. One day, in the not-too-distant-future, the body of Christ will finally acknowledge the truth about God's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered children. Why not do it in Grand Island? According to more than one million members of the American Psychological, Sociological, Medical, Pediatric, psychiatric, and Social Worker Associations the verdict is in. Homosexuality is neither a sickness nor a sin. In 1994 the American Psychological Association summarized a quarter-of-a-century's scientific and clinical research on homosexuality with these words:

"The research on homosexuality is very clear. Homosexuality is neither mental illness nor moral depravity. It is simply the way a minority of our population expresses human love and sexuality. Study after study documents the mental health of gay men and lesbians. Studies of judgment, stability, reliability, social and vocation adaptiveness all show that gay men and lesbians function every bit as well as heterosexuals."

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