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Scottish would-be gay minister withdraws candidacy

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  1. Brian Burton 17 Sep 2009, 11:28am

    Wrong decision for this would be Gay Minister to quit. Unless there is other reasons we no nothing about? I think I know where he is comming from. His Civil Partnership is paramount, his life-partner must be conciderd and not dragged, then placed into the pit of Kirk despair along with him. The Gods are strange, It’s not just our vices they make instruments to beat us with. They bring us to ruin through what in us is good, gentle and Loving.

  2. Ralph Pekins 17 Sep 2009, 12:41pm

    If he believes he has a true Calling then he is putting the institution of the church over it.

  3. John Penman 17 Sep 2009, 12:57pm

    Is this the wrong decision? Can we judge on the available evidence? For the Church yes, as it needs to be continually challenged and pushed. But for the man and his partner? Who knows – the strain of maintaining a relationship under the pressure of the media spotlight and being a target for every homophobe with a Bible in the Kirk would be horrific and who can blame him for saying :”I can’t do this”? But it’s sickening that institutional prejudice has again pushed an LGBT Christian into playing along with “Let’s not upset our dysfunctional Holy Mother the Church,- and it’ll be the gays fault if she gets upset”.

  4. It’s true that we don’t know his personal reasons but at another level it’s a familiar story – one he makes explicit – of effectively giving unity priority over justice, something the bigots know how to exploit. For them the essential prerequisite of anyone being in the same Church as them is agreeing with them in every particular.

  5. Follow your heart, and dont be used as a poster boy by people who do nto know or care about you!

  6. Sad story for all concerned.

  7. Brian Burton 18 Sep 2009, 7:36am

    I choose my friends for their good looks, my aquaintances for their good characters, and my enimies for their interllects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enimies!

  8. Another example of the pointlessness of religious belief. The church (any church) has nothing to offer LGBT people and this man should find a life away from a backward belief in fairy tales. I wish him luck in it.

  9. he should have followed his calling instead of giving way to the bigots
    good luck to him though

  10. Simon Murphy 18 Sep 2009, 5:53pm

    On the upside perhaps now he will get the help he needs for the brainwashing he’s been fed by his cult.

  11. Brian Burton 19 Sep 2009, 4:23pm

    Simon Murphy,
    You are one of the most prolific ‘brain wahshers’ on these threads. Hate the thing you most fear…Religion in your case!

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