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The Hate Bus stops in Manhattan

Timothy Kincaid

December 11th, 2009

As discussed earlier, I believe that the Manhattan Declaration is an attempt to divide the Christian community into two camps and give a platform for which conservatives can appear to be the voice of Christendom. Further, it appears in many ways that the sole differentiation between those who signed on to this movement and those who did not is the degree to which they are opposed to inclusion of gay Christians into the body of believers.

Now the Manhattan Declaration is posting “additional signatories“, those who were not part of the original collection but whom they believe have significant stature in the Christian community. Two of the new signers are worth note.

16. Andrea Lafferty
Traditional Values Coalition

17. Dr. Scott Lively
Abiding Truth Ministries

There are at present only ten groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “anti-gay hate groups“. Two of them are the Traditional Values Coalition and Abiding Truth Ministries.

Scott Lively is also one of the American participants at the conference in Uganda that is tied to the proposed “kill gays” bill.

Andrea Lafferty joins her father, Lou Sheldon, who was an original signatory and is the founder of the Traditional Values Coalition.

(hat tip GoodAsYou)



Lynn David
December 12th, 2009 | LINK

Whoops… you had it!

I wonder how the other signatories feel about their new-found relationship to hate groups?

Jerry Sloan
December 12th, 2009 | LINK

Did anyone notice the signature of the Reverend Father Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute.

Robert Sirico in another life was an ordained minister of the Metropolitan Community Churches. He also served as the executive director of the Los Angeles Gay Community Center (1976/77?)

He started out as a Pentecostal teen evangelist in Seattle where he packed out a movie theater on Sundays.

When he came out as gay he lost all that and became a MCC minister and pastored the MCC in Seattle. He later moved to an assistant position with the LA church.

I heard him speak once at the first Midwest conference of MCCs (1974). He was a very powerful speaker.

He got into some kind of disagreement with Troy Perry and left MCC.

Somewhere along the line he joined the Roman Catholic Church and he also became mentored by the Domino Pizza founder.

About 3 years ago he conducted Chuck Colson and James Dobson on a trip to Rome and arranged an audience with the late pope.

It is not clear if he now considers himself an ex-gay or a gay celibate priest.

December 14th, 2009 | LINK

What really bothers me is that these people who are leaders of anti-gay hate groups (Family Research Institute, Mass Resistance) are the co-sponsors of the C Street Family sponsored “Prayer Breakfast” which I have read Obama plans to attend. If he does attend this breakfast, I will no longer support anything he does as long as he is in government.

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