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HOMOSEXUALS AND THE

May 10, 1992

HOMOSEXUALS AND THE CHURCH

Editor: Thank you for printing the letter from Roxie Moore, who dismisses gays and lesbians as "reprobates" who only seek "to promote that which is not wholesome" [All God's Children? Feb. 23]. She gave your readers a textbook example of how there still are people who choose to hold the Bible hostage to perpetuate irrational fears, stereotypes and hatred of people they know nothing about.

What a shame Moore cannot see the parallels in American history. Let us not forget the times when black people could be kept as slaves, or when women were kept from voting. At the time of those injustices, there were many people who used the Bible to preserve the status quo, to keep certain people "in their place." Well, it's 1992, and the only rightful place for backward, bigoted attitudes like Moore's is in a past-tense chronicle -- in the history books.

Richard S. Boram

Baltimore

Editor: I would like to offer a charitable response to thsentiments expressed by most of the interviewees in your article homosexuality and the church. I'm a Christian, believe in loving my neighbor, and helping the oppressed. However, I'm also a member of a church that does not condone homosexuality. Contrary to many of the individuals in your article, though, I see no conflict in this. You see, though it may seem an anachronism to most people, we do accept the Word of God as truth in its entirety. We see no conflict between viewing homosexuality as a sin and still caring for the sinner.

Evangelical Christians do (or should) love the homosexual individual. We don't love homosexuality. We don't believe that a person with a problem can change or should change without first experiencing Christ's love -- a love that transforms from within.

Michael Martin

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