Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Language Excluding Gay Membership Removed From Saddleback Church Web Site


On Saturday I noted the policy of Saddleback Church to exclude gays from membership. Church Pastor Rick Warren, who backed California's anti-gay marriage initiative Proposition 8, has been chosen to deliver the inaugural invocation on January 20th.

Americablog reported on Monday that the offending language, shown above with a photo of individuals who presumably don't have a "homosexual lifestyle," has been removed from the site's "What We Believe" section.

One would hope that this represents a deliberate policy reversal and not just a temporary public relations move. Another positive step would be for the church to stop the "Celebrate Recovery" efforts to "cure" gays of their desires. Such attempts to expunge one's innate sexuality seem more likely to result in torment and self-hatred, as one writer in Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish recounted.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi!

Thanks!!!! for your great reporting on Saddleback website...regarding their hateful policy of discrimination against gays.

Deeply concerned...horrified...even...

I followed up on your report...
(that I first heard about on Rachel Maddow's show...)


And suprise...surprise...quote was deleted by the time I looked on site.

HOWEVER, I did find there was another reference on site to their policy of excluding gays...that hasn't been deleted (yet).

Have posted info about Saddleback site at

http://www.giveemhell.org/Saddleback.htm

(ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF PAGE)

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FROM SITE (still available on Tuesday)

"Saddleback Church

The Bible very clearly says that homosexuality is a sin. ... someone unwilling
to repent of their homosexual lifestyle would not be accepted at a member"
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But wouldn't be suprised if they find it and delete it.
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AGAIN! THANKS FOR GETTING OUT THE WORD!

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Jeff Tone said...

Thanks to you, too, for your research. The links you provide do lead to other anti-gay references that, though more hidden, are still at Saddleback's site.