In MN, Lesbian Minister’s Celebration Marred By Anti-Gay Vandalism

It was with great joy that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) named lesbian pastor Anita C. Hill the regional director of ReconcilingWorks, a church-recognized group that works to create an inclusive environment for LGBT parishioners and their families.

Hill has been open about being a lesbian for nearly 40 years—her old congregation actually faced serious sanctions for ordaining her in 2001, but she got to see ELCA change its rule on gay clergy in 2009. Called “historic,” her promotion ceremony on Saturday evening brought more than 100 people to Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in St. Paul.

But after the party disbursed, attendee Ron Paddock noticed his car’s back window had been smashed by a golf ball still sitting in the back seat. A homophobic slur was scribbled on it in red.

“There seems to be an awful lot of folks out there who just don’t want to accept anything that they’re not comfortable with,” said Paddock, who called the police. Though the vandalism hasn’t been labeled a hate crime yet, an investigation is ongoing.

Rising above the unfortunate incident, Hill said, “I think we have some work to do to get to know one another fully. And that will break down the barriers between us.” She wants to focus on her new role, where she’ll be “spreading the good news of Christ Jesus, sharing the ministry of reconciliation, facilitating workshops such as anti-bullying, faithful conversations about LGBT concerns, and generally building an inclusive church.”

Talk about turning the other cheek: We’d be all asking God to smote people and stuff.

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  • [email protected]

    Didn’t they hear Michelle Bachmann’s husband Marcus yell ‘fore’ when he played through the parking lot. It was his fault in placing his car in the way of the ball.

  • Alex

    This isn’t homophobia. They obviously arn’t afraid. They are just assholes.

  • jwrappaport

    PLEASE READ: A Personal Appeal From Your Readers –

    Dan, it’s smite, not smote: smote is the simple past tense of the verb smite. I’ve long since resigned from the grammar gestapo, but Queerty is pretty dreadful with mechanics and usage. When you have such basic errors appear so frequently, it makes Queerty look more like two gents, a computer, and a bottle of scotch as opposed to a legitimate purveyor of information. No, this isn’t the Times and no one wants it to be, but there’s no reason why Queerty can’t strive for the same level of credibility and legitimacy. Even the Onion does a better editing job…

    Get one or two eager, unpaid interns to read through your stuff and proof it for you to catch the more glaring errors. I used to do manuscript editing in college: you’re talking literally less than two hours/weekday, probably less depending on how many entries you put out and how many interns you have. Seriously, put out an ad asking for unpaid editing interns: I am certain you would get a response. Either way: stop being lazy and start respecting your profession and your readership. *descends from soapbox*

    Regarding the substance of the article: Go ELCA! (Not an endorsement of their metaphysical claims, just that I prefer superstition in its more benign forms).

  • Billysees

    A very very noble and Christlike thing to say at the end of the article, though it probably should be written as shown in parenthesis —

    “Talk about turning the other cheek: (or else) We’d be all asking God to smote people and stuff”.

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