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Judicial Council to Deal with Homosexual Marriage Issue Again in October


NO TIME TO SNOOZE

My son and his friends used to use a favorite saying frequently. It goes "if you snooze, you lose." The same is true, to some degree, in real life. It may be particularly applicable to the situation of the Evangelicals thinking that the time they have to face the challenge of the homosexual union issue is going to be at GC 2000.

For some reason we don't seem to be focusing in on the fact that in October of 1998 (that's just two months away), the Judicial Council will be meeting once again in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Among their Docket items are three (X, XIV, and XV), that are essentially asking the Judicial Council to again rule that the Social Principles are not law. Here is yet another window of opportunity to have a ruling that will open the floodgates to the pro-gay activists and liberal elite.

X.    IN RE: Review of Bishop’s Decision of Law in the North Texas Annual Conference on the meaning of the word "avowed" in the phrase "self-avowed homosexual."

XIV.  IN RE: Request from the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference for a declaratory decision on the constitutionality of the sentence "Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches." (65C of the 1996 Discipline)

XV.   IN RE: Request from the California-Nevada Annual Conference for a declaratory decision on the constitutionality of the sentence "Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches." (65C of the 1996 Discipline)

[Source: Official Web Page for the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church http://www.umc.org/judicial/ - "Fall 1998 Docket", as of August 15, 1998]

Wow! When will those guys quit? I can answer that: not until life in the Methodist Church makes it so difficult and/or uncomfortable for them that they either undergo fundamental attitudinal and spiritual change, or go away. It's that simple

What can we do to bolster the defenses for the next skirmish, which is almost right on top of us? There are several things.

  • One is to immediately write a letter of appreciation and thanks to the Judicial Council. We need to tell them just how much we appreciate the courage and objectivity they displayed in deciding as they did. I'm sure they have seen all the publicity from Evangelicals rejoicing, but I bet they haven't received any personal thank you's for their efforts. Write your letter and address it as follows:

Judicial Council
c/o Ms Curtis-Askew
180 Wentwood Av.
Bogart, GA 30622

  • The other thing you can do is write a brief to the Judicial Council asking them to once again hold the line on these issues. I will be doing this. Those have to be in by the deadline, which is September 10. These also go to Ms. Curtis-Askew at the above address. If you need a sample copy of such a brief, e-mail me at rbigg@pcola.gulf.net, and I'll zip you one.

I really don't believe there is any new, factual info to be offered up by either side. That's the good news. The bad news is, that with repeat attempts to breach the fortress, the pro-gay activists may find a wedge in some Judicial Council member who weakens or changes his/her mind concerning the "rightness" of previous decisions on these matters. That might then be the straw that broke the camels back. Persistence and repetition is their friend, and our bane.


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