CHRISTIAN homophobes in Texas had better avoid travelling along Interstate-30, just east of Fort Worth, or risk an attack of the vapours.
Why? Because of the appearance of a series of billboards which use the Bible to promote tolerance of gay people.
One sensitive religiot who spotted a billboard containing a pro-gay message was Christine Lutz.
I cringed. I was disgusted at the same time.
The billboard angered Lutz so much, that she fired off a stern e-mail to the sponsors.
I said how dare you take the scriptures and twist it to fit your needs.
According to this report, there are four billboards with similar pro-gay messages along I-30 that have started a fierce debate among Christians in North Texas.
Rev Jon Haack, of the Promise Metropolitan Community Church, said:
If we go back to the gospel readings, we don’t find anything within those texts that discriminate or exclude against gay and lesbian people. Gay and lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people are part of God’s creation too.
Rev Haack is with one of five local churches sponsoring the billboards that advocate gay acceptance by all Christians.
One billboard reads:
The early church welcomed a gay man.
Jesus affirmed a gay couple.
The billboards were put up along I-30 between Grand Prairie and Fort Worth and the negative e-mails are already coming in. Said Rev Colleen Darruagh, of the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas:
There are people who have told us to reread our Bible which is the very question we’re asking others to do. We’ve had people say, ‘How dare you take the name of God in vain’ and that God hates homosexuals.
I’m hard pressed to find that scripture advocates that it’s alright to live in a gay lifestyle. Just like I’m hard pressed to find that scripture advocates that’s it’s alright to live in an adulterous relationship or as a wife abuser or as a murderer.
The five local churches sponsoring the billboards are part of the Worldwide Metropolitan Community Church which has a predominantly gay congregation. The roadside signs will be up in North Texas throughout September. For a closer look at the billboards check out the websiteÂ whywouldwe.org and wouldjesusdiscriminate.org.
Meanwhile, we learn that the Catholic Church in Uruguay is beside itself with fury because Congress has legalised gay civil unions, making the country the first in Latin America to take this important step towards equality.
According to this report, the Catholic Church has said its opposition to gay unions is
Non-negotiable and Catholic politicians have a moral duty to oppose it.
Under the new law, both gay and straight couples will be eligible to form civil unions after living together for five years. They will have rights similar to those granted to married couples on such matters as inheritance, pensions and child custody.
Several cities, including Buenos Aires and Mexico City, already have gay civil union laws on the books. But Uruguay’s law would be the first nationwide measure in Latin America, which is home to about half the world’s Roman Catholics.