Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Ministers Pray For Hate And Discrimination

Twenty-nine African-American ministers will pray today for hate and discrimination. WIBC reports that a group of Indianapolis’ African-American ministers will pray at 11:29 a.m. for one minute that the Indianapolis City-County Council defeats Proposal 622, the Human Rights Ordinance (HRO).

The ministers’ group believes that “the ordinance promotes a homosexual lifestyle, which the ministers say goes against biblical teachings.” “We’re not discriminating against (gays), but we are opposing their homosexual practices,” says Rev. Terry Webster of the New Corinthian Church. “We will take a minute and pray for each councilor that they will get the wisdom that they need to make the right decision,” says Webster.

The HRO revamps the city’s outdated civil rights ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited forms of discrimination in employment, education, public accommodations and housing.

And by saying that you believe employers should be able to fire someone because they are gay, or that a landlord should be allowed to refuse to rent to a transgender person, how is that not discriminating Rev. Webster?

And the ministers say it goes against “biblical teachings.” Would that be the Bible of Love, or would that be the Bible of Hate Rev. Webster--you remember, the one White Christians in the South said approved of slavery and no mixing of the races? How soon they forget.

When the HRO fell four votes short of passage last spring, five African-American councilors voted against it, including Patrice Abdullah, Sherron Franklin, Ron Gibson, Ike Randolph and Steve Talley. Abdullah and Gibson cited their religious beliefs as the reason for their no votes. None of these five councilors has publicly changed their positions since the last vote.

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