Christians join Pride march to apologise for past intolerance

Christians join Pride march to apologise for past intolerance July 5, 2018

Members of the Church of Freedom in Christ Ministries – ‘an inclusive and LGBT affirming’ evangelical and Pentecostal church in Makati – in the the Philippines, joined a Gay Pride event that attracted more than 20,000 people last weekend to say sorry for anti-LGBT Christian bigotry.
Church members, according to this report, carried placards and banners one of which read:

Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we.

Another declared:

I’m sorry I’ve rejected and hurt your family in the name of family values.

The Christians caught the eye of 19-year-old Jamilah Salvador, who snapped a couple photos of the banners and posted them on Twitter. Her tweet quickly went viral and had received over 40,000 retweets and 122,000 likes as of Monday afternoon.
Attending her very first Pride, Salvador told local news outlet Coconuts Manila that she was impressed with the group’s effort to make its presence known to all of the attendees, who numbered an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people.

A video from my friend showed that they were actually roaming around the venue so everyone may see and read their messages,. On my way there, I was already feeling so giddy and nervous at the same time. But when I entered the venue, seeing all those rainbow flags made me feel I’m home.

Other attendees praised the church’s gesture on social media.
Val Paminiano, a pastor for the church, said that members of the congregation have been attending local pride celebrations for about four years now. The “I’m Sorry” campaign, he said, is aimed at inspiring other Christians to:

Act, speak and love the LGBT people like Jesus would. We are apologizing for the way Christians have hurt the LGBT community, especially by using the Bible in condemning and judging them,.
I used to believe that God condemns homosexuals, but when I studied the scriptures, especially the ones that we call ‘clobber scriptures’ that are being cherry-picked from the Bible to condemn LGBT people, I realised that there’s a lot to discover, including the truth that God is not against anyone. God does not discriminate against people based on gender.

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  • Broga

    ” God does not discriminate against people based on gender.”
    That’s nice.

  • L.Long

    BS! Your ahole gawd says to stone the gay men! You gawd does not mention women cuz they are all going to hell anyway!
    You are hypocrites that are ignoring your own moral guide! I don’t trust you because your book o’BS is full of hate, so you may change your mind again!
    Thank you for being better than your gawd, but if your book o’BS is wrong then why not just throw it away and be atheists??? Individually you may be better than your religion, but in groups of more than 1, I don’t trust you!

  • 1859

    No matter how hard it is to accept this change of face, if it’s genuine, it must be welcomed.
    Not sure what the guy with the orange balloon – bottom left – is trying to suggest. If it’s what I think it’s in poor taste. But then it’s probably my own mind playing its usual tricks.

  • Angela_K

    I reckon this is a pretty disgusting publicity stunt, we know how mendacious and nefarious the actions of religious are when it comes to LGBT people. These christians will con LGBT people into their church and then start their “love the sinner hate the sin” crap and push conversion therapy. Never, ever trust a religious person.

  • barriejohn

    I agree with Angela_K. They’re still Christians; still believe that we are all created by God “for a purpose”; still believe that we are all “sinners” and in need of “salvation”; still believe that “God loves us just the way that we are” (but wants to change us and “heal” us!). I don’t trust any of it. I saw the story on Pink News the other day, and one of them was holding up a placard (see link below) reading “You are fearfully and wonderfully made”. That’s a verse that I know well from the Old Testament (used by anti-abortionists), and it’s a lie. A lot of them are sincere, but they don’t grasp the full implications of what they are saying. This is dangerous nonsense which is going to suck others into religion and cause them nothing but heartache and grief. It actually makes me angry. Fuck religion!

  • Will

    A handful of happy clappy evangelical gullible immature loons showing off. That’s all. Nothing more. Christian dogma, with all its contradictions and impossible nonsense and thousands of conflicting mutations still divisive and dangerous.
    Take a look at this. See what convoluted mental gymnastics people go through to obfuscate their way to belief in nonsense.

  • Rob Andrews

    I agree. They’re just riding the cultural bandwagon. Like tolerance to other faiths [since the Enlightenment]. So as to appear with the times.
    Yeah! Trolling for new members to convert/heal to heterosexuality . If it’s not broken, you can’t fix it. Gays aren’t sick.

  • andym

    Yeah, I’m suspicious too. They don’t really seem to be challenging anyone about their attitudes. It looks more to me like a cult trying to find a niche in the market.

  • gedediah

    Call me gullible but I consider it a small victory. The more xtians mix with other communities the harder it becomes to justify their bigotry to themselves.

  • andym

    In principle I’d agree. But if you judge on a case by case basis, this just doesn’t look or sound right. They seem to be wearing their shame a bit too proudly to me.

  • John the Drunkard

    ‘…love the LGBT people like Jesus would’
    How would we know, since he never said anything about them at all?
    If Xtian identified people reject homophobia, they have a duty of care to explain their reasons to their still-benighted fellow travelers. But then you’d have to explicitly state why THIS passage of Leviticus or Deuteronomy doesn’t apply, while the ones you LIKE still do.

  • Rob Andrews

    I’m sure if Christ would have been asked about homosexuality he would have to have responded that”the law of Moses condemns this”.
    Indeed the subject could not have even been brought up then. It was too taboo.