Baptist Leader: Homosexuality & Murder are both 'Sin'
No Same-Sex Love! No Equality for Women as Clergy!
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Civil disobedience at the convention was sponsored by Soulforce, a coalition of people of faith working “for justice for the non-heterosexual community.”
Rev. Paige Patterson, the outgoing convention president, declined to disassociate the issues of murder and same-sex love when he was asked by a CBS Evening News reporter if he equated the two.
“Referring to homosexual lovemaking as “sin”, Rev. Patterson replied: “Whether you fall in the deep or the shallow end of the pool, you still get wet.”
With its adoption of this year's "Faith and Message," the Southern Baptist Convention has placed homosexual people on its official hit list. Many other mainstream Protestant denominations also have language in place that prohibits homosexuals, bisexuals and the transgendered from full participation in the church.
The Southern Baptist Convention has also officially denied women the right to take part in its church life as ministers. The Rev. Raye Nell Dyer of Tennessee, President of Baptist Women in Ministry, deplored the Convention's decision.
"We are committed to the nonviolent teachings of Jesus, Gandhi and King, and we are going to bring the truth relentlessly to churches that condemn or misrepresent us."
Among those arrested were the Rev. Dr. James Lawson, a Methodist minister who trained Martin Luther King in Gandhi's principles of nonviolent resistance, Jimmy Creech, a Methodist minister whose credentials were revoked last year by the UMC for performing a same-sex commitment ceremony, and Ed Harris, a gay retired Baptist minister and founder of Honesty Virginia, a group for non-heterosexual Baptists.
In addition to Methodists and Southern Baptists, those arrested included Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Unitarians as well as those of other faiths. They came to Orlando from across the country.
Soulforce is planning other civil disobediences this summer: at the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, June 24-25 in Long Beach, Calif., at the Episcopal Church General Conference, July 8-14, in Denver, and at the Reclaiming America for Christ conference, September 28 to October 1, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In May, White and 190 others were arrested and jailed as a result of Soulforce's civil disobedience at the United Methodist Church's (UMC's) General Conference in Cleveland.
At the UMC conference, the group peacefully blocked an exit from the convention center, symbolically proclaiming that there should be "no exit without justice" for God's non-heterosexual children.