WASHINGTON, October 10, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The official lobbying
office of the 7.9 million-member United Methodist Church has co-signed a
letter with several radical organizations in support of The Employment
Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The legislation, supported by the United
Methodist General Board on Church and Society (GBCS), places those who
identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender into a special protected
Other co-signers of the letter include the National Center for Transgender
Equality, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Human Rights
The United Methodist Church officially does not ordain into the ministry
practicing homosexuals or others who are sexually active outside of
marriage. United Methodism affirms God's love and civil rights for all
people, while also affirming marriage as the lifelong union of man and
The Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), an ecumenical alliance of
U.S. Christians working to keep Christian churches in line with biblical and
historic Christian teachings, denounced the move.
"Without the informed consent of church membership, the United Methodist
lobby office is supporting legislation that would enshrine sexual
orientation into law as the moral equivalent of gender and ethnicity," said
IRD Director of UMAction Mark Tooley.
"The United Methodist Book of Discipline declares that homosexual practice
is incompatible with scripture, yet the GBCS continues to ignore
denominational teachings that do not conform to their own very liberal
"By aligning itself with homosexual groups that want to impose their world
view on America, the GBCS shows that it is guided more by the secular
culture rather than the solid foundation of traditional church teaching.
"We confidently pray that some day the GBCS will actually represent The
United Methodist Church and vigorously espouse traditional Christian
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