AMIDST a flurry of calls by fundamentalist pastors for a gay genocide in the US, the Rev Dr Otis Moss, III – pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois – has told his fellow clergymen to lay off the gays.
During a recent address to his flock, Moss read a letter he had sent to colleagues who took issue with the President’s recent support of Gay marriage. He said:
The question I believe we should pose to our congregations is, ‘Should all Americans have the same civil rights?’
There is difference between rights and rites. We should never misconstrue rights designed to protect diverse individuals in a pluralistic society versus religious rites designed by faith communities to communicate a theological or doctrinal perspective … I do not believe ecclesiastical councils are equipped to shape civic legislation nor are civic representatives equipped to shape religious rituals and doctrine.
He pointed out:
The institution of marriage is not under attack as a result of the President’s words. Marriage was under attack years ago by men who viewed women as property and children as trophies of sexual prowess. Marriage is under attack by low wages, high incarceration, unfair tax policy, unemployment, and lack of education. Marriage is under attack by clergy who proclaim monogamy yet think nothing of stepping outside the bonds of marriage to have multiple affairs with ‘preaching groupies’.
Same-gender couples did not cause the high divorce rate, but our adolescent views of relationships and our inability as a community to come to grips with the ethic of love and commitment did. We still confuse sex with love and romance with commitment.
And he added:
Gay and lesbian citizens did not cause the economic crash, foreclosures, and attack upon health care. Poor underfunded schools were not created because people desire equal protection under the law. We have much work to do as a community, and to claim the President of the United States must hold your theological position is absurd. He is President of the United States of America not the President of the Baptist convention or Bishop of the Sanctified or Holiness Church.
He is called to protect the rights of Jew and Gentile, male and female, young and old, Gay and straight, black and white, Atheist and Agnostic. It should be noted the President offered no legislation, or executive order, or present an argument before the Supreme Court. He simply stated his personal conviction.
Gay people have never been the enemy; and when we use rhetoric to suggest they are the source of our problems we lie on God and cause tears to flow from the eyes of Christ.
Meanwhile, the barmy Baptist who called on the Government to exterminate gays seems to have had second thoughts. Pastor Curtis Knapp of the New Hope Baptists Church Kansas, said in a CNN interview:
I don’t think homosexuals have anything to worry about. The Government’s not going to do that. They’ve got nothing to worry about from me. I don’t believe I should lay a finger against them. My hope is for their salvation, not for their death.
I will be very honest with you. My flesh kind of likes that idea [of exterminating homosexuals] … but it grieves the Holy Spirit. It violates Scripture. It is wrong.