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Australian progressive church uses signs to say: ‘Some people are gay, get over it, love God’

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  1. Godric Godricson 16 Aug 2013, 8:35pm

    Still not buying into that message

    1. St Sebastian, the humanitarian 17 Aug 2013, 12:40am

      This is a positive example which should be encouraged not disparaged. Perhaps it could be explained by the possibility that the priest is gay. Whilst this may not change much, I wouldn’t want any positive message to wither on the vine for lack of encouragement. Furthermore, whilst I don’t want to live my life with unrealistic hopes, neither do I want to live my life as a victim.

      Finally, for the record I am an apatheist (apathy, disregard, or lack of interest towards belief or disbelief in a deity) but acknowledge and respect that some people have ‘faith’ and all I ask is that they acknowledge and respect my lack of faith and my sexual orientation.

  2. If every Christian demonstrated love and inclusion to all human beings rather than hiding behind their religion as an excuse to preach hatred and segregation within society, then they might find themselves welcoming a lot more followers as opposed to losing so many of them.

    This one example resonates the message that I always understood Christianity to teach us; to love and embrace everyone, no matter who they are.

    Sadly, of course, this is a very rare example of Christians preaching these fundamental teachings rather than finding reasons to overlook the messages of equality in favour of hatred.

  3. Wordbondage 16 Aug 2013, 8:59pm

    I just hope it is not some sort of scheme to lure more people back into the churches and that they then start preaching something entirely different. Hate once more.

    1. I agree, I’m not sure why you’re comment’s been rated down.
      What? you really think religious organisations aren’t capable of manipulating naive people, politics and society to benefit themselves?
      Think again. They’ve been doing it for centuries. It’s their speciality. Appeal to the masses, and inch by inch turn them around to ‘our way of seeing things’.

      1. Thanks for proving my point, anonymous cowards. Can’t even make a comment to show who you are. Hide behind your homophobic little religion,

      2. It’s likely to be the same bigoted religious retard trolling PN.

      3. You have a point (I remember hearing a fundamentalist preacher telling potential converts they didn’t have to give anything up – a blatant lie) – but dissembling evangelicals and fundamentalists would never put up posters like these outside their churches. They would just avoid the hot-button issues until you were more involved. All power to this church (even though I think it’s all twaddle, frankly). Biblical literalism is a post-Darwinian fearfest which needs to be seen in historical context, and dismissed.

  4. It is a church, yes, but they are probably being more proactive in sending out a positive, inclusive message than anyone else for miles around. We shouldn’t knock it.

    Many of us feel alienated by religion and don’t wish to be part of it in any way, however if there are religious people like those in this Australian church who are being proactive in fighting homophobia, then we should cheer them. We can cheer them as progressive human beings and still be agnostic or atheist.

    If only there were more human beings like them, not just those of religious faith but people in general, worldwide.

    Perhaps Archbishop Welby should visit that Anglican church in Australia and learn something.

  5. That’s nice… If they feel to love a god – Great. Just keep your religious views away from me.
    To many people have died, and still die for them.
    I’ll have no part of it.
    If there really was a god, there wouldn’t be religion.

    1. ^ Feel the need – that first line should read. It’s times like this I wish I could delete/edit my comment like on YouTube.

  6. Love the message. They might not take to it, BUT. Good messages like that do no harm.

  7. Nice to see a vicar challenging the flock.

    Too many people adopt a faith in an attempt to hide the fact they are not particularly nice human beings.

  8. I appreciate this, I am tolerant of religious people if they are tolerant of me and don’t shove their perverted lifestyle down my throat lawl

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