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Powerful ad from Faith In America

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This ad campaign by Faith In America ran in our local progressive paper, The Independent Weekly.

Faith In America is “dedicated to the emancipation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from bigotry disguised as religious truth.” And that’s a tall order, given the hijacking of religion by the extremists. It’s run by Rev. Jimmy Creech, who has been bucking the anti-gay system for some time now, here in NC.

In April of 1999, Creech celebrated the holy union of two men in Chapel Hill. Charges were brought against him and a church trial was held in Grand Island, Nebraska, on November 17, 1999. In August of 1998, the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church had ruled that the statement prohibiting “homosexual unions” was church law in spite of its location in the Social Principles. Consequently, the jury in this second trial declared Creech guilty of “disobedience to the Order and Discipline of The United Methodist Church” and withdrew his credentials of ordination.

He has served on Soulforce’s board and speaks around the country on equality issues. Creech’s book, Adam’s Gift, chronicles his experiences trying to get the faith community to welcome and accept LGBT members of the community into the United Methodist Church.

I was pointed to this item by local science blogger Abel Pharmboy of Terra Sigillata, who said in an email to me:

“We are not GLBT, but our daughter’s education at our daycare/preschool has benefited from the messages of love and tolerance and gifts of creativity shared by several of her gay and lesbian teachers. To use religious language, we consider ourselves blessed to have them in our lives.”

And that’s the lesson of that ad. Faith and bigotry are paired so often today — it doesn’t have to be if good people speak up.

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