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  Wednesday, March 10, 2004

I'm now in the process of moving this site to a new location: Dave's Mormon Inquiry at Typepad.  Change is good.  With the new platform I will be able to add fun things like comments, nice clean links that light up when you touch them, and other fancy Movable Type features.  I will be posting new blog entries at the new site now, but this site will stay up through roughly August 2004. Over time I'll copy my archived posts from this site to the new site. 10:07:03 PM      

Interesting story on Religious views on homosexuality and gay marriage from the Religion News Blog.  Here are a few of the denominations listed in the article, along with a sentence from their short summarized statements:
  • Assembly of God:  Homosexual orientation is not genetically determined. Ministers and psychologists are successfully treating homosexuality with success.
  • Southern Baptist:  Homosexuality is not a valid alternative lifestyle and is a sin, but a forgivable sin.
  • Roman Catholic Church:  The cause of homosexuality is unexplained. Members are asked to accept homosexuals with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Discrimination is to be avoided.
  • Episcopal Church:  The church is committed to continuing discussions about homosexuality and recognition of committed relationships between members of the same sex.
  • LDS Church:  Members are encouraged to love homosexuals as sons and daughters of God. If homosexuals violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the church, then they are subject to the discipline of the church. Church is actively opposed to same-sex marriage.
  • International Church of the Foursquare Gospel:  Homosexuality is considered an abomination that excludes someone from the Kingdom of God. Homosexuality is a personal choice. Church members are to encourage homosexuals to cease those practices. Marriage is only between a man and a woman.

Interesting variety of opinion here--I'm kind of stunned that the LDS position is in the middle of the pack.  Of course, it's really marvelous that Assembly of God ministers and psychologists are successfully treating homosexuality with success.  That explains all the ex-gay Pentecostals we see in society, proclaiming how prayer and Christian ministerial guidance cured them.  And the Church of the Foursquare is certain homosexuality is a personal choice--that's defininitely an easier position for the ICFG  to adopt than to have to explain why God would allow some people to be born gay, isn't it?  Somehow, I think such an explanation is a little beyond their powers of imagination. 12:00:51 AM      

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