The NYTimes recently reported that the United Methodist Church – the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States, announced on Friday that the church would be splitting over “fundamental differences” about same-sex marriage.
Leaders from the United Methodist Church made a formal announcement this Friday that the church would be dividing into two groups; one – more welcoming of LGBTQ parishioners and marriage equality and the other – a “traditionalist Methodist” group that will continue to ban gay marriage.
With over 13 million global members, a majority of the denomination would remain more liberal, open, and welcoming to the LGBTQ community, as the new traditional group continues not only a trajectory of hate and rejection of gay marriage but also a denouncing of ordaining gay and lesbian clergy.
The turmoil in the Methodist church first made headlines last February during a general conference in St. Louis when a little more than half church leaders and congregants voted to intensify restrictions on the church’s gay marriage ban.
As usual, the hateful rhetoric used by the holy homophobes was that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” Of course, nowhere in any bible does Christ mention homosexuality, right wrong or indifferent. But hey, you know, details-schmeetails.
Check out the full story at the NYTimes