[Marxism] Fwd: Jewish National Fund Award To Anti-Gay Pastor, Charles Stanley, Angers Some Jews

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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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