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Letters to AO

EVERY WEEK WE PUBLISH a selection of letters we receive in response to something you've read at Anglicans Online. Stop by and have a look at what other AO readers are thinking.

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Letters from 8 November 2004 to 14 November 2004

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Homosexuals vs Ted Bundy

AFTER READING A COUPLE OF YOUR RECENT LETTERS, I am called to respond. First, in the matter regarding John Kerry as President. There is no question that he would have had considerable trouble recruiting and retaining individuals for the US military because of his Vietnam War betrayal. Further, after his demeaning comments about the coalition of nations currently fighting in Iraq, and he would have had considerable difficulty holding the coalition together. Under such circumstances, his election would have increased the likelihood of a draft, not lessened it. Second, just because someone is born to behave in a certain way doesn't mean they have to behave in that way. If that were the case, Ted Bundy and other serial killers could claim that their genes were responsible for their murderous and depraved behavior; and, therefore, they should not be imprisoned or executed. No one has to act upon a desire that is counterproductive to themselves and society. Society has no responsibility to support counterproductive behavior -- quite the contrary if the foundation of a productive society is to be maintained.

Robert Warren
Bruton Parish
Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
9 November 2004

Not to judge but to love

TO ANY GAY OR LESBIAN reading these letters, hoping to find some grains of support and love from within the worldwide Anglican communion following the Windsor Report, I would like to assure you that there are MANY practising Anglicans who support you. We are deeply concerned about the judgmental and exclusionary views being expressed towards fellow Christians who are homosexuals. It's as if those critics are saying, "thank you God for making me a heterosexual so that I don't have to be a sinner like that homosexual over there." We are asked to love our neighbour, not to judge her or him.

Julianne Stewart
St Luke's Church
Toowoomba, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
12 November 2004

Leave the church if you must, but don't leave God

RICKIE DOVER'S LETTER to Anglicans Online (Church is not for me) illustrates the crux of the problem in our current debate. In spite of their plea to the orthodox position, there are too many conservatives who hold the unorthodox position -- whether they want to admit it or not -- that homosexuals are doomed souls, and so the sooner the church is rid of them the better off we will all be. Mr. Dover's conclusions are the inevitable result of the conservative position.

As a homosexual Christian myself, I have witnessed countless numbers of such renunciations of faith from people who have received nothing but scorn and condemnation from people who should be preaching love and acceptance instead. I have tried, often in vain, to be a witness to these souls of Christ's unfailing love for them in spite of what the church teaches. It is a difficult task to make hurt, wounded people understand the difference between God's infallible will and the message they get from the fallible men who run His church. The dichotomy is often lost on them. Perhaps they are victims of their own naivete, but I believe they are more the victim of the church's own hate, for which they are not to be blamed.

To Mr. Dover, and every homosexual who has lost his/her faith because of the Church, I offer a quote from [the Reverend] Charles Kingsley, a 19th-century Christian reformer who spoke to the social outcasts of his day. I believe his words still speak to the outcast of our day. "Whenever the devil, or ignorant preachers, or superstitious books, make you afraid and tempt you to fancy that God hates you, and watches to catch you tripping, take refuge in that blessed Name and say 'Satan, I defy thee; for the Almighty God of heaven is my Father.'" And to Mr. Dover individually, I would say: leave the Church (I don't blame you)... but don't leave God.

Tommy McGlothlin
All Saints Church
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA
12 November 2004

Earlier letters

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