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Baptist group denounces ‘hate speech’

In Homophobia and bullying on June 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

An online petition calls on Baptist leaders “to denounce all hate speech and the use of the pulpit as a weapon of terror against the LGBT community.”

The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists called June 1 for Baptist leaders across all traditions to denounce rhetoric from Baptist pulpits promoting violence and even genocide against gays.

AWAB posted an online petition urging “penitence and prayer” for harmful remarks and calling on Baptist leaders “to denounce all hate speech and the use of the pulpit as a weapon of terror against the LGBT community.”

“As followers of Jesus we are called to stand with the least, the last, and the lost (Matthew 25:44) and to see the image of God in each human being (Genesis 1:27),” the statement reads in part. “Jesus calls us to this no matter how we feel or think about someone’s ‘lifestyle’ or their interpretation of scripture. We are all children of God and deserve to be treated as such.”

The association said it “does not believe there is room for hate speech against our neighbors, no matter how strongly we disagree on the interpretation of these same texts.”

Associated Baptist Press

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