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More Christians see need to speak out against bullying

Timothy Kincaid

November 3rd, 2010

From Connecticut’s MinuteManNewsService:

Two vigils held in Fairfield in the last week have sought to shine light, literally and figuratively, on the tragedy of gay teens who have taken their own lives after being bullied.

One vigil was to be held at Fairfield University Wednesday night after our press time and the other was held in front of First Church Congregational at the corner of Old Post Road and Beach Road last Friday night.

Jennifer Habetz, Youth Minister of First Church, said, “We are morally obligated, in the face of suicide after suicide to work to change the world in which our young people are growing up. And we must do so loudly and visibly, so they know that they are not alone.”

Habetz runs a ministry at First Church which seeks to provide a space for kids of all faiths to counteract the messages which say “they are less than acceptable in the eyes of God.”

At Fairfield University, their Jesuit heritage called on them to support troubled kids and to give comfort a higher priority than condemnation.

The head of Campus Ministry Reverend Michael Doody, S. J. said, “We don’t beat up or demonize people we disagree with. Everyone is entitled to their dignity.”

“The sin against that young man (Tyler Clementi at Rutgers) is far more grievous than anything he could have thought of committing,” said Doody, who pointed out that the Church also says that drinking too much is a sin.

“The Vigil is being held to raise the consciousness of the University Community,” said the priest, adding, “We’re all God’s people. God doesn’t discriminate in His loving.”

Shhhhhh. Don’t tell the Pope.

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Tina C
November 3rd, 2010 | LINK

Our pastor closed the service by addressing bullying.

He reminded us that, as members of the United Methodist Church, we all made a vow to “resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.”

Hayden
November 3rd, 2010 | LINK

Once again the UCC (Congregational) shines!

Edward Mac Pherson
November 6th, 2010 | LINK

Yes like the Priest and Ministers of most churches,not all,will tell you that God Loves us all equally but does not say that our fellow Brothers and Sisters love us so therefore we are on our own and let us not forget there are other groups out there that are being discriminated against and there always will be as long as there are people in this world who have to find fault with any or all who do not keep or come up to there standards

Everett
November 7th, 2010 | LINK

I’ve met Father Doody. In 2002 or 2003, he was quoted in our university newspaper that he believed homosexuality was comparable to alcoholism. Gays, like alcoholics, may be born “that way” but they need to abstain from their “sins.” I’d be careful equating his anti-bullying message with compassion for gay people, generally.

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