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‘Sometimes, divorce is necessary.’ Fight for LGBTQ inclusion may finally split United Methodists

Nov 25, 2019

By Lindsay Schnell

Nica Sy felt devastated as she stared at her laptop screen. How could the church that had baptized her, raised her, nurtured her and encouraged her to explore ordained ministry say she was unworthy, just because of her sexuality?

Sy, 20, a Filipino American college student who identifies as a lesbian, had watched a livestream of a global gathering of the United Methodist Church where church leaders voted to continue a ban on same-sex marriages and openly LGBTQ people from serving as clergy. Liberal leaders within the church had pushed for giving individual churches and clergy autonomy over such issues but were narrowly outvoted.

“That was a really monumental moment, the rejection of who I am,” Sy said. “But I also had this feeling of, ‘I’m not gonna let this happen to my church.’ ”

Her reaction wasn’t unique – and it might be a preview of what’s to come.

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2 comments on “‘Sometimes, divorce is necessary.’ Fight for LGBTQ inclusion may finally split United Methodists

  • This is the church I was brought up in as a child and teen. I’m in favor of this divorce! I will be very interested to watch the Methodists sort themselves out on the basis of LGBTQ rights. Perhaps the practicing Methodists would care to take a good hard look at other aspects of their morality as well.

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  • There is an interesting case in England where where bigots have been protesting outside a primary about LGBT inclusive teaching.

    As usual, they have been making up ludicrous lies about what is being taught!

    Demonstrations against LGBT inclusive education have been permanently banned outside a primary school.
    A High Court judge ruled in favour of an exclusion zone to remain around Anderton Park, in Birmingham, which has been targeted by protesters for months.

    The protests had an averse effect on pupils, residents and staff, leading to 21 teachers being treated for stress, Mr Justice Warby said.

    there were further “untrue” and “harmful” allegations made about the school on social media, and how a visiting imam had claimed to parents there were “paedophiles” inside the school.

    Other false claims included that the school had a “paedophile agenda” and staff were “teaching children how to masturbate”.

    “None of this is true,” Mr Justice Warby said as he handed down the ban at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre.

    The forces of justice seem to be dealing firmly with this with lead  3 named defendants who are not parents of children in the school being ordered to pay 80% of the legal costs.  Only a handful of the protesters were actually parents of children in the school, but they probably continue to play the martyred “victims of bias” and remain full of all-knowing fundamentalist pseudo-knowledge!


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