The United Church of Christ, a budget-struggling mainline denomination often confused with a similarly named church, felt that only a bold regional and national TV ad campaign costing $1.7 million might rescue it from public anonymity.
In the face of public backlash throughout North America, Louis-iana-based televangelist JimmySwaggart said he regrets telling his congregation at a televised worship service that if a gay man ever looks at him romantically, “I’m going to kill him and tell God he died.” In an interview September 21, Swaggart said, “It was a tongue-in-cheek statement best left unsaid.
While “gay Christian” is an oxymoron to some conservative Protestants, it is an equally bewildering term to many radicals in the gay liberation movement. To “come out” as a Christian in the gay community can be as trying as it is to come out as a homosexual in the church.
Robert Gagnon’s treatment of my own work in his book The Bible and Homosexual Practice is anything but irenic. “Wink’s analysis has all the theological sophistication of a math test or football game: sixteen sexual policies in the Bible we no longer heed versus just four that we do.