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09/22/2008

North Carolina Baptists are gay friendly (no sarcasm intended this time)

by Jeremy Hooper

Divorced couple? One of whom is gay? Attending a Baptist Church? In a blood red state?

Such is an apparent possibility if you are a resident of Raleigh, NC. This from The NY Times:

EXCERPT: Yet on Easter Sunday in 2006, the Keels’ three sons — Adam, Sam and Seth — were baptized, with their grandparents looking on, and with both Mr. and Ms. Keel attending with their respective boyfriends. (Their daughter, Molly, the eldest child, had been baptized years earlier in their previous church.)

What made this unlikely event not only possible but ordinary was the place where it was occurring, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.
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“These gay people are my spiritual heroes,” said the Rev. Jack McKinney, 43, a married father of two who has been the pastor at Pullen for nine years. “Because after all they’ve been through, they’ve held to their faith. What they’ve done, not just to survive but to provide a courageous witness, is inspiring.”

FULL STORY: Church Gives Sanctuary to Gay Man and His Family [NY Times]

Now, it should be noted that the stance has not come without incident. For its welcoming spirit, the church has been removed from the Southern Baptist Convention, the NC State Baptist Convention, and the Raleigh Baptist Association. The Times also reports that around 30 families have left the congregation. But despite those costs, the church has stood firm in its convictions, which, in this conforming era, is something that deserves our applause.

**For more on Pullen Memorial Baptist Church: PMBC official site

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Right. Baptists are "gay friendly" like they are "Mormon friendly."

Posted by: Robert | Sep 22, 2008 12:59:59 PM

Robert: Nobody's saying Baptists are gay-friendly in general. Just this church.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Sep 22, 2008 1:02:25 PM

I was raised a Baptist in Alabama. My mother taught me in VBS and my dad was a deacon board chairman. I myself was a youth deacon. I can tell you Baptists aren't capable of being friendly to gays, lesbians, or anybody who isn't one of them. They've always been like that. They're proud of it and don't plan on changing anytime soon. Certainly not in our lifetime.

I threw my Baptist background in the trash 10 years ago and have never looked back. Don't waste your time trying to negotiate or reason with them. It isn't worth it.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 3, 2009 10:16:56 PM

As a gay man who was raised Baptist I would have to say there's no such thing as a moderate Baptist. Anybody who calls themselves that is probably lying.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 4, 2009 10:43:17 PM

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