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  1. Suddenly Last Bummer 20 Mar 2013, 6:44pm

    ”Megapastor”, ffs, only in the US.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Mar 2013, 6:56pm

      Of “mega’ in America translates into big bucks. Most evangelical cults are primarily businesses, religion is secondary, the product they sell.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Mar 2013, 6:57pm

        …Of course, mega….I meant to say.

  2. I’m from the Uk but I’ve heard of this bloke and of his megachurch and this seems to me to be a big step – if such an important member of the evangelical church over there is coming out in support of marriage equality – that’s big. Even over here because so much of the anti-marriage rhetoric comes from the US looking evangelicals – even those in the CofE who are opposed tend to be in the evangelical wing.

    1. Suddenly Last Bummer 20 Mar 2013, 7:51pm

      Anyone heard of his megacolon? ;)

  3. garry Cassell 20 Mar 2013, 7:13pm

    Now if more of these kind of pastors would jump on the right side..there would be far less hatred and suicide among our young people…

  4. The Christian Right is ,right. The end of the world as we klnow it is coming to an end and not a day too soon. Yes the ideas of the old church are falling away to the new and more inclusive ways. Soon the hatred and Bigotry will be swept aside. I`m not talking about tomorrow but soon. Because it will finally be understood that this opposition is to hamful to society and mankind to continue.

  5. It’s all very nice to hear, of course. But I find all these sudden revelations at specifically this time, just a little too convenient. The laws of human nature have been with us eternally,and for decades, the experience of LGBT misery and exclusion, kicked out of homes and jobs. Now is a better time than never to have a revelation, but why the silence or disinterest until now?

    1. Because if you can’t beat ’em, you join ’em, especially if you think you’ll lose money and influence by banging broken drum.

  6. Who cares what this religious wingnut thinks.

    Civil marriage equality has NOTHING to do with religion.

    And is this article meant to be an opinion piece or a news piece?

    Because the writer says that ” ‘fidelity’ is the important issue”.

    He actually does not say that if you read the rest of the article.

    The writer is merely interpreting what he said.

    Pink News needs an editor.

  7. Wow – a pastor (or do I have to refer to him as a ‘megapastor’? lol) that can actually talk a lot of sense! There is also the church in North Carolina which is refusing to conduct any marriages until there is marriage equality. It seems like there are some good Christians afterall! I hope their goodwill is contagious and spreads rapidly amongst other Christians. I’m not religious, but the current predominance of hate-speech from Christians doesn’t really suit them and I want them to change for the better. I thought they were meant to spread the message of ‘Gods love’, the story of the Good Samaritan, ‘love thy neighbour’ and ‘do onto others as you would wish them to do unto you’ etc. Though we haven’t had any sense of that from Christians for some time. I hope they do change and adopt Rob Bell’s attitude. I doubt they will, but we can always hope!

  8. Good on the guy a man of faith who understands that Gays are products of natures/gods design

  9. GulliverUK 21 Mar 2013, 1:44am

    If you knew a little more about who these people are and their positions in Evangelical circles you’d know this IS a big deal, including Steve Chalke.

    Most people here hadn’t heard of Bob Portman until the other day, and that was a very big deal.

  10. the real big deal is that this is the episcopal church which officially sanctions marriage equality. Each diocese is allowed to choose if theywill or wont do gay marriage ceremones

    I dont understand how he can be an evangelical – the Episccopal church is anything but those rotten evanglical bigots

    But sometimes we have to also be careful – the evangelical lutherans are the most accepting of gay people of all teh various Lutheran groups. I’m surprised they havent changed their name

  11. Sam D. Maloney 21 Mar 2013, 4:44pm

    Honestly, I’d never heard of him before either, but a little research shows he’s one of the Good Guys, he’s long stressed a positive, universalist approach. The other Evangelicals have been calling him a heretic for years.

    Oh, and he’s NOT an Episcopalian, either– he was just speaking at one of their churches.

    He’s also known for occasionally bleaching his hair very, VERY blonde, and has {IMO} a very gay face…

    Personally, I’ll take all the support and all the allies I can get…

  12. These folk will grow more numerous, and a day will come – in a not too distant future – when they will scarcely, if at all, recall that not long before they vilified sexual relationships between people of the same sex on the basis of a selective reading of their holy book. They will do this in just the same way that they no longer remember now that their recent ancestors defended slavery and the exclusion of women from politics, or condemned interracial marriage, or the lending of money at interest on the same basis. Because only one thing is needful for eternal truth – individual and collective amnesia.

  13. OT: Am I the only one that thinks he looks like Leonard Hofstadter from The Big Bang Theory, as played by Johnny Galecki ?

  14. I think churches and evangelical religion in general are the outdated elements society should abolish.

    I blame Pat Robertson for fooling the country into thinking religion and patriotism were the same things during the cold war. Until that generation withers away, there will be no true freedom.

  15. Rob Bell and Steve Chalke are not evangelicals – they are apostates who have moved away from clear Biblical teaching on a number of issues.

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