N.C. Baptists expel
Myers Park church
At issue: Welcoming gay congregants
GREENSBORO --Delegates to the annual meeting of the N.C. Baptist State Convention voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to expel Charlotte's Myers Park Baptist for welcoming gays and lesbians without trying to change them.
The liberal church of 1,970 members became the first to be kicked out under rules passed at last year's meeting that said any Baptist church that affirmed or endorsed homosexual behavior would be considered "not in friendly cooperation with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina."
Well folks, as a Southern Baptist, I think the NC Baptist State Convention is really stepping in it with their stick-in-the-mud stance. I would fully support their right to disallow gays to hold church office (in accordance with their beliefs) but their stance on gay congregants is just plain stupid.
Way to show the love of Jesus there NC Baptist State Convention . (/sarcasm)
And kudos to Myers Park Baptist Church for showing that Jesus died for everyone, not just some venal old stodgies in stuffy suits and their wives.
And in case my liberal friends start getting all happy with me here, I'll make a bet here that your friends at NBC, CBS, CNN and other news services will make hay with this and try to paint all Southern Baptists as a bunch of intolerant hicks. The Charlotte Observer made sure to make this front page news as a excuse to get Hillary's Planted Question foopah off the front page.