Church Choir Ordered to Discriminate Against Gays

16 Mar

The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, Photo LEONARD ORTIZ, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

This is just a small story with likely more background than I can find right now, but I think it’s interesting.

According to the Associated Press, a megachurch in Southern California is asking it’s CHOIR to sign an anti-gay pledge.

The covenant they have been asked to sign states:

“I understand that in an era where images of family relationship and personal sexuality are often confused, Crystal Cathedral Ministries believes that it is important to teach and model the biblical view. I understand that Crystal Cathedral Ministries teaches that sexual intimacy is intended by God to only be within the bonds of marriage, between one man and one woman.”

It turns out the church has an unsurprisingly colorful history when it comes to corruption – including bankruptcy filings as well as transfers of power that have been filled with turmoil.

What gets me most about this story though, is that it is the CHOIR which is being targeted. The church is millions in debt and they feel that targeting gay people who are singing in the choir is where their focus should be. Happily, several choir members have spoken up. Former choir member Anne Moore-Waltz said this:

“If I were still in the choir and if that was presented to me, and if a gay person had walked out, I would have walked out with him or her,” she said. “If you are a Christian group and people come to you, you should be a good servant, love them and shine the light of Jesus on them – regardless of who they are.”

Another choir member who has been there for 19 years spoke on condition of anonymity:

“I have already told them I won’t sign it, we have had gays in the choir before. I’m not gay. But I don’t believe in what they’re saying.”

It is this kind of education and this kind of support that we need as a community. And the more we tell people who we are, the more support like this we will receive. Religion is wonderful for some and many find great solace in that. But when your religion is in such great contrast with what you believe as a human being, when religion speaks directly against your moral values, it’s time to say something.


One Response to “Church Choir Ordered to Discriminate Against Gays”

  1. littlemessageofhope June 16, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    Next… sign to promise you won’t change your race. Hair or eye color. Gender. Age. Anything else that’s an integral part of who we are and cannot change – at least, not in this dimension. What happened to unconditional love? Opening our minds and hearts, sharing and connecting, learning and growing… evolving? Stories like this lead me to question whether the human race is moving forward… or else-ward.

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