Homosexuality For Sunday School Children Is "A-OK" For Northern IL United Methodists
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IL Methodists: straight and gay sexual behavior okay
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
By The Leader-Chicago Bureau
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ST. CHARLES -- Last week in St. Charles, the Northern Illinois Methodist Church’s Annual Conference criticized historical church positions and urged ministers and Sunday school classes to proclaim “that homosexual orientation (no less or more than heterosexual orientation) can be compatible with Christian teaching."
The resolution, passed last Friday at the state denominational convention, says "loving, monogamous, intimate relationships between persons, of the same or opposite gender, are an expression of God’s love.”
"You have to wonder if these delegates are familiar with the science on the issue," said Dr. Paul Cameron, Chairman of the Family Research Institute. "Homosexuals live -- on average -- about 20 to 30 years less than straights. Further, if they get into 'partnerships,' they are at far greater risk of HIV infection (the latest study out of Amersterdam found that 86% of infections were among men who had a 'regular partner'). Gays and lesbians who are 'partnered' experience far higher rates of domestic violence than married people."
The resolution went on to encourage the denomination's members to ". . . tell [the position] to our children.”
Conference delegate Brenda Klockenga of Crystal Lake asked, “Where is the parental consent?”
Dr. Cameron agrees.
"The first random survey of gays living in large cities just reported in April that gays currently average about 25 different sexual partners per year. If these ignorant folk accurately represent their god, he is a demon of death and should be condemned," Cameron said today. "I would not entrust my or my child's religious life to those following a religion that ignores the scientific reality."
The northern Illinois conference is led by Chicago's Bishop Joseph Sprague, who has been an outspoken proponent of his church moving to recognize same-sex marriage. While Sprague has been controversial on issues, his leadership won support in a conference resolution without debate, along with a group of other resolutions.
Passed by a large majority, the Methodist conference's resolution on homosexuality opines that church guidance for two decades has been “increasingly condemnatory and exclusionary . . . concerning the full participation of (the) gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgendered person in our denomination” and “that the church is deeply divided on the issue.”
It also “affirm(ed) that persons of all sexual orientations are equally called to ordained ministry.”
In contrast, the official position of the Methodist Church's national conference currently does not condone its pastors being practicing homosexuals.
The support of this Northern Illinois region's new resolution was led by a group called the Methodist Federation for Social Action.
The document also contends that “human sexuality is a good gift of God, and . . . that homosexuality, heterosexuality and bi-sexuality all share that gift.”
Homosexual activists in the conference also won the right to have as much as one-fifth of next year’s annual conference devoted to dialogue on contentious subjects, including their own agenda....
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