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UM Leader, Former Bishop's Assistant, Celebrates Public Homosexual Acts


This UM Northern Illinois Conference Leader . . .

Philip L. Blackwell, Senior Pastor
phil@chicagotemple.org 

 . . . Supports This Public Display:

 

CLICK HERE for proof of UM liberals' active support of homosexual behavior

WARNING -- Includes explicit photos of the facts that the UM hierarchy doesn't want you to know


VOICE OF THE PEOPLE (LETTER)

Support of Gay Games is welcome news

by Rev. Philip L. Blackwell, Senior pastor
The First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple

Published June 16, 2005

Chicago -- Two conservative Christian groups have attacked Kraft and Harris Bank for sponsoring the Gay Games in 2006 ("Kraft, Harris Bank hit for Gay Games support," Metro, June 6). Please know that there are other Christians who applaud Kraft and Harris Bank for their support.

The American Family Association and the Illinois Family Institute fault these two corporations for contradicting their public image as "family-based and conservative."

What these two advocacy groups choose to ignore, even though each uses the word "family" in its name, is that only 24 percent of American households conform to their ideal family of a married couple with children at home. The vast majority of American families are constituted by married couples without children, single-parent families, grandparents with children, unmarried couples, single adults, and gay and lesbian couples. [Editor's note:  Mr. Blackwell's statistics mask the fact that over 99% of all parent-child familial relationships include ZERO homosexuals.]

The two groups can advocate for their restricted ideal of "family" of course, but it is uncharitable for them to criticize others who have a broader acceptance of ways in which we form families to get the most out of life.

To call the Gay Games "dangerous" and "unhealthy," as one of the opponents does, is bizarre. Certainly he does not mean that the athletic events in themselves are dangerous and unhealthy, [really? Click on link above to see more photos] but that they are engaged in by members of the gay community. Such athletes, however, have been competing for as long as there have been athletic competitions, and many of our revered American sports heroes have been gay. There is nothing new here except that it is openly acknowledged.

For those of us Christians who express our religious faith by continuing the fight to expand our society's sense of inclusion so that race, age, gender and sexual identity are not barriers, the generous support by Kraft and Harris Bank of the Gay Games is welcome news indeed.

Copyright 2005, Chicago Tribune

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