December 02, 2004

More fun from the AP ….

This is regards to a Methodist minister, who is “on trail” in a Church Court, for practicing a homosexual life style. According to the denominations rules (for which of course the clergy voluntarily agree to abide by) their clergy are not allows to live as "self-avowed, practicing homosexuals."

According the AP:

A jury made up of United Methodist Church clergy convicted a lesbian minister Thursday of violating church law by openly living with her partner in a committed relationship.

Isn’t it funny how they pointed out “by openly living with her partner in a committed relationship.” When the violation wasn’t not due to the nature of her relationship, but rather that she was opening living as a lesbian, when the church requires people it appoints to refrain from that lifestyle.

According to the United Methodist Church’s press release:

She is charged with engaging in “practices incompatible with Christian teachings,” a violation of Paragraph 2702 (1) (b) of the 2000 Book of Discipline. In an April 2003 sermon, Stroud talked about being a lesbian and said she and her partner “have lived in a covenant relationship for two and a half years.” United Methodist law forbids the appointment of “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.”

Clearly her charge is not that she has a “committed partner” but in sly language it’s thrown in there, to make you feel bad, even though she knew all along what she was doing was in violation of a prior agreement she had with the church who appointed her. No matter if you think the Church is right in its view of homosexuality … the church has the right to teach the teaching of historic Christianity, and to enforce it’s own rules!

Before the jury returned, Stroud, 34, told reporters that whatever the verdict, "this case has shown how divided we are" over the role of gays in the church. She had expected to be convicted.

Nine votes were necessary for a conviction and the jury voted 12-1 to find Stroud guilty.

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