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by Natalie O'Neill, another community,
on Apr 17, 2007
A Danville Weekly Letter to the Editor:
How sadly ironic that an Episcopal church named for St. Timothy endorses homosexualism, blesses "same-sex unions," and now parades two lesbian cover girls.
Timothy's own greeting accompanied St. Paul's letter to the Romans, which warned about women who "exchanged natural relations for unnatural," and men "who likewise gave up natural relations with women ..., committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error" (Romans 1:26-27).
Sounds like Someone warned against the tragically self-destructive behaviors implicated in most U.S. AIDS cases, elevated breast-cancer rates among lesbians, and widespread homosexual incidence of other deadly diseases.
Paul was 2,000 years closer to Christianity's foundations than the sexual revolutionaries and Scripture-twisting revisionists leading today's "Episcopal Church USA" and trivializing obedience to unambiguous Scriptural prohibitions as "varying interpretations," or "fear of the unknown."
As an AIDS-infected ex-homosexual said at lunch with my wife and me, it's at best false compassion to encourage, or even blandly to tolerate, behaviors which harm their participants. And as Dr. Robert Spitzer - who helped lead the political maneuvers which removed homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association's manual of mental disorders in 1973 - has more recently found, reparative therapy can assist those seeking to reorient homosexual inclinations.
The Rev. Van McAlister, a traditional Episcopalian, wisely counsels behavioral reform among both alcoholics and homosexuals. Genetic predispositions are sometimes claimed for both afflictions. Both are actuarially unhealthy. But political and (allegedly) religious liberals discourage one compulsion, while irrationally celebrating the other.
A Danville Weekly Letter to the Editor:
I read the article in the Danville Weekly about St. Timothy's (April 13), and I just wanted to let the Rev. Kathleen Trapani know how much I appreciate her church's open-minded attitude.
I also applaud the Danville Weekly for running the story - they are a continuing breath of fresh air, especially appreciated after the long siege of The Valley Citizen. In addition, the Danville Weekly recently ran an important article about Jordan Riak, who has been a children's advocate for 30 years (see his wonderful Web site Web Link).
It's people like the Rev. Trapani, Jordan Riak, and Dolores Fox Ciardelli of the Danville Weekly who keep my hopes up in this sometimes depressing decade.
The core of the Gospels and the message of Jesus is love, tolerance and acceptance. Bravo to any church that embraces this and rejects fundamentalist approaches that fix on any individual passage and a literal interpretation out of context. There are other passages that call for stoning and other actions we would find repellant today. We don't choose to follow those. If you miss the love and acceptance, you miss the heart of the New Testament.
I have been worried in recent months that Michael James Arata was ill or somehow unable to continue the humor of opinions opposite to his beliefs. It was refreshing once again to read his sardonic commentary.
The sexual practices of individuals should never be a criteria for refusing opportunity to anyone. Certainly, the scope of sexual interests by members of a community, if made public as it is with gays and lesbians, would cause many to be excluded from opportunities.
As Michael James humorously notes in his positions of opposites, a house of worship is a community in GOD and no one is excluded.
Applause to Michael James,
Bravo Mrs. Trapani! I thought I had lost all faith in the church for their lack of being able to see a person, a soul, not a sin. Your love and compasion give me hope for the Anglican community. I also would like to express my thanks to Weekly for running this story and being so open minded and a true defendant of justice!
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