'Hateful Music' of Anti-Gay Legislation Lingers On

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Hateful legislation, faulty biblical interpretation and theology

We in the UMC have not learned to say "We were wrong in our use of Scripture to make blacks and women second class", Thus
we extend the error of our "wrongness" by deeming same gender loving persons, "second class Christians". The "curse of Ham"
that renders blacks second class has not been fully exorcised from our faith-based consciousness, thus now we justify the "cursing of gays". Bias and bigotry are contagious.

Gil Caldwell more than 3 years ago

Lingering Malady

Following the story of Rev Gil Caldwell entitled 'Hateful Music' of Anti-Gay Legislation Lingers On which I posted earlier, I am sharing this photo with him taken in 2004 when we were together in the same General Conference of the United Methodist Church which met in Fort Worth, Texas. We had a more peaceful demonstration in support of the LGBT cause for justice. We were prepared then to be arrested as they did in 2000 but the negotiations were successful to allow us to walk solemnly into the Assemly Hall and stood in the aisles to sing meaningfully "We Shall Overcome." We were choked with emotions and with tearful eyes we saw many of the voting delegates resonated and stood up with a number of the bishops and sang along with us. I experienced the deep pathos of enslaved, sinned-against and discriminated-upon people in singing that song of liberation and freedom with hope. It remains an unforgettable experience for me. The petition to support the LGBT cause continues till today. Our physical health may not allow us to be there again this year but our unfailing spirit will be there with the people who follow us faithfully and will continue to demonstrate until the day to overcome prejudice and injustice dawns upon the United Methodist Church. The music of "We Shall Overcome" will linger on too.
Yap Kim Hao former Bishop of The Methodist Church in Malaysia & Singapore.

Kim Hao Yap more than 3 years ago

Linking Melody

Following the story of Rev Gil Caldwell entitled 'Hateful Music' of Anti-Gay Legislation Lingers On which I posted earlier, I am sharing this photo with him taken in 2004 when we were together in the same General Conference of the United Methodist Church which met in Fort Worth, Texas. We had a more peaceful demonstration in support of the LGBT cause for justice. We were prepared then to be arrested as they did in 2000 but the negotiations were successful to allow us to walk ...
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Yap Kim Hao's photo.

Yap Kim Hao more than 3 years ago


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