I hope (the public) will take it to mean that North Carolina Baptists are voicing our biblical conviction … (but also) that God offers love and forgiveness and healing.”
— delusionally bigoted Rev. David Horton, president of Gate City Baptist Church in Greensboro and the outgoing state convention president

Well, it’s not like you were a welcome presence in most Baptist churches before. Any churches that were tolerant are getting officially booted now. (365gay.com):

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has taken a formal stand on gays in a vote that asked its board to define when a member church is “in friendly cooperation” with the convention.

…The motion was made by Bill Sanderson, pastor of Hephzibah Baptist Church in Wendell, who said that such a policy “must deal clearly with “homosexual behavior” and include that a church that “knowingly affirms, approves or endorses homosexual behavior” is a church not in friendly cooperation with the convention.”

Churches that contribute financially to the convention are said to be “in friendly cooperation” now, said Norman Jameson, convention spokesman.

Executing the policy might not be easy, an observer of religion said. “The convention becomes essentially an investigatory agency … on one issue,” said Bill Leonard, dean of divinity at Wake Forest University. “It will be interesting to see how they police this.”

Not all delegates supported the motion.

[A voice of sanity] “Could it be that homosexuality gains our attention primarily because it’s not ‘our’ sin?” said Rob Helton, a messenger from Cherry Point Baptist Church in Havelock. “If we write a policy (on homosexuality), it seems only fair and right that we write a policy on every sin in the Bible.”

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding