Like so many religious institutions, the United Methodist Church finds itself torn asunder by the great gay debate: should they stay or should they go. The official Methodist stance rejects their gay brethren, but gay follower Steven E. Webster insists the movements must move on.
The Madison-based theologian wrote an impassioned plea this week, just ahead of the United Methodist Church’s general conference in Fort Worth:
[Anti-day discriminatory] acts, justified by labeling LGBT people as “unrepentant sinners” inferior to all the “repentant sinners” in the church, are acts of spiritual violence, harming the souls of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. It is tragic that being from a devout Christian family has been identified as a risk factor for suicide among LGBT youths.