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(N)ew Presbyterian Church Moderator sparks row by telling gay people to stop having sex (N. Ireland)
Belfast Telegraph ^ | 06 February 2014 | Rebecca Black

Posted on 02/07/2014 12:00:54 AM PST by Olog-hai

The new leader of the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland has angered the gay community just a day after his election by saying they should stay celibate.

Rev. Dr. Michael Barry (63) takes charge of the Presbyterian Church in June following his election as Moderator earlier on Tuesday. […]

“We welcome all people into the Church, but we would have a problem with those who are involved in a gay relationship because we believe the Bible teaches that is against the word of God,” he said.

“We would encourage people who are gay to live a celibate life.” …

(Excerpt) Read more at belfasttelegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: celibacy; homosexualagenda; northernireland; presbyterians
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Just a day after his election, new Presbyterian Church Moderator sparks row by telling gay people to stop having sex
Not very fire-and-brimstoney. He also says that he does not believe conversion therapy works.
1 posted on 02/07/2014 12:00:55 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
You know what? I really dont think the gay community is angered by this. I really dont. I think the newspaper just assumes they will be. I somehow suspect they havent gone round and interviewed every gay to get their opinions. I think they will have, at most, just talked to some organisation that claims to represent the gay community.
2 posted on 02/07/2014 12:15:44 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Olog-hai

What’s the point of being queer if you can’t engage in sodomy?


3 posted on 02/07/2014 12:17:59 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Fabulous dinner parties?

I am not sure if Americans use the word “row” which means argument in British English. We use it in Canada. It is pronounced like how not like hoe.

Anyway, nowadays the word is code for “correction underway by official organs of the nanny state” and signals to the astute reader that a dinosaur (for which read normal person of the former dispensation) has unknowingly triggered a “process” which will become an “opportunity for a learning experience” following a “dialogue.”

Being a gay Irish proddy sounds like a fate worse than death anyway.


4 posted on 02/07/2014 1:03:09 AM PST by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: Olog-hai

He blew it. (Pardon the expression.)

He should have said sex outside (Biblical) marriage is a violation of God’s law. This includes, but is of course not limited to, homosexual sex.

There is no indication in the Bible that homosexual sex is uniquely or peculiarly sinful. It is generally listed as one of many sins that will keep one from inheriting God’s kingdom, some of those sins being sexual in nature. Homosexual sex is often found in the middle of the list, implying no unusual status relative to the other sins detailed.

The scriptural point is that all those who are not married should be celibate, not that just “gay people” should be.


5 posted on 02/07/2014 7:51:54 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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There is no indication in the Bible that homosexual sex is uniquely or peculiarly sinful.

Should have said "little" not "no."

6 posted on 02/07/2014 7:58:02 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Olog-hai

Sodomy was decriminalized in the US a mere 10 years ago, which was a big mistake in that it brought homosexual acts into the public realm for all to hear about. People with same-sex attraction (and heterosexuals, for that matter) have been engaging in sodomy in private for as long as history; the sodomy laws were never enforced by breaking into homes, however, people were much less likely to talk about their participating in such acts, since such acts were illegal.

Time to reverse Lawrence v. Texas.


7 posted on 02/07/2014 9:08:37 AM PST by MikeyB806
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