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Washington DC Church’s LGBT Affirming Rainbow Banner Set On Fire In Hate Crime Incident

St Lukes Mthodist Rainbow Banner

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Mission Center, just blocks from the vice president’s residence at the United States Naval Observatory, was a victim of a hate crime last week when a pro-supportive rainbow banner with the words “Stop the Trials” printed on it was set ablaze. The banner was hung outside church to express support for Methodist ministers on trial for blessing same-sex unions like Rev. Frank Schaeffer and Rev. Thomas Ogletree.

In a statement, the church’s pastor, Rev. Charles Parker, asked for mutual respect from those who disagree with his church’s LGBT-affirming stance.

“I am clear in my own wrestling with scripture, tradition, reason, and experience that the current position of our church is wrong,” he wrote. “I am also clear that other colleagues of good will and integrity have likewise wrestled with the issue and come to a different conclusion. What I would like to ask is, ‘can we respect each other enough to allow each of us to act in accordance with our conscience?’”

DC Police have classified the incident as a “destruction of property-hate bias incident.”

Smells like KKK-ristian love…..


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