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Canadian Pastor Kicks Out Gay Youth Volunteer Because Parents Might Be “Uncomfortable”

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Pastor Mark Brewer of the Crosspoint Wesleyan Church in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada has dismissed Colin Briggs (pictured above), a 20 year old youth volunteer who had previously done mission work in Haiti for no other reason than the fact that Colin is openly gay and might “upset the parents”

New Brunswick Beacon reports:

Colin Briggs, 20, has volunteered at the church since 2011. He also worked as a camp counselor for two years. During his last year of high school in 2011, he joined a mission to Haiti.

Pastor Mark Brewer asked Briggs to stop by the church on September 18 for a meeting. The youth pastor, Nathalie Estey, was also present.

To his shock, they asked Briggs to stop his volunteer activities. They said he was welcome to continue attending church services.

“We felt it would be in the best interest of him and the church if he stopped serving,” said Brewer. This would “avoid any potential uproar that may be caused if families were to find out an openly gay male was working in the children’s ministry.”

Well, at least he’s welcome to attend services — and, no doubt, make donations.

Actually, it would make me far more uncomfortable having an openly christian person interacting with my children.




Will Kohler

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