Skip to main content

Surprised we missed this, but a prominent Southern Baptist pastor from my neck of the woods turned a lot of heads at the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Summit earlier this week.  J. D. Greear, the pastor of Summit Church in Durham, claimed that pastors who preach against homosexuality are in roughly the same position as pastors who condemned slavery before the Civil War.

"Preaching against homosexuality in our day is about as popular as preaching against slavery and racism in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1861," said Greear at the ERLC summit. "And back then, I'm sure the politically correct people were like, 'You're just creating a lot of waves that are unnecessary, just preach the Gospel.'"
Watch the whole thing here.

Let's see if we've got this right.  Preaching against something that doesn't really hurt anyone else is akin to preaching against an institution that degraded the people who had to endure it in every conceivable way?  The mind reels.

I had hoped the ERLC had changed its tune after longtime president Richard Land was pushed out for suggesting the White House was using the Trayvon Martin case to turn out more voters at the polls.  It turns out those comments were not only bigoted, but plagiarized as well.  Boy, was I wrong.  But then again, Greear's statements were to be expected considering one of the panelists was Mark Regnerus, the author of a completely discredited study on the effects of gay parents on kids.

I'd heard a lot about the Summit Church, and actually thought about paying it a visit if I ever spent a full weekend in the Triangle.  But after seeing this, this is one church neither I nor any other reality-based Christian should go near with a 10-foot pole.

Originally posted to Street Prophets on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 06:04 AM PDT.

Also republished by LGBT Rights are Human Rights, Angry Gays, and LGBT Kos Community.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site