[Marxism] Fwd: Jewish National Fund Award To Anti-Gay Pastor, Charles Stanley, Angers Some Jews
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Thu Apr 9 07:04:28 MDT 2015
(RNS) Decrying Atlanta pastor Charles Stanley’s “sordid history of
virulent homophobic statements and actions,” a gay Jewish group is
protesting the Jewish National Fund for plans to bestow a high honor on
Stanley, senior pastor of First Baptist Atlanta and a former president
of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Stanley, who rose to national prominence in the 1980s with his “In
Touch” television series and books that sold millions of copies, “has
publicly called AIDS God’s punishment for America’s acceptance of
homosexuality and called homosexuality ‘destructive behavior,’” reads a
letter to JNF Southeast region leaders from the Southern Jewish Resource
Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SOJOURN).
“He has said that ‘God does not agree with the lifestyle of the
homosexual’ and that accepting gay people is ‘an act of disobedience to
God,’” the letter continues.
The controversy reflects the sometimes awkward embrace between American
Jews and evangelicals — fervent partners in support of Israel but also
outspoken opponents on many domestic social issues, including
homosexuality and abortion rights.
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