Boy Preacher Harasses Gay Friendly Church
CONCORD, N.C. -- "God loves people, God loves people, but hates sinners" were the words of a young boy with a picket sign and a man with a video camera. They preached "Homo sex is sin" among other things on the sidewalk outside the Trinity United Church of Christ in Concord last weekend for the second Sunday in a row.
"It isn't that we want to be disrespectful. We respect their right to be there. But we also don't believe that what they are saying is really about the love of Jesus," said the church's pastor, Nathan King.
King said his congregation is a social action and social justice church that will defend the demonstrator's right to free speech and religious freedom. "When our actions are based on fear quite often hate is based on fear. I would say this seems incongruent with love."
While the demonstrators spoke about love, King said his congregation loves all people, "We are very welcoming and open to people wherever they are, whatever they are, whenever they are on life's journey on this spiritual journey, we welcome and affirm them," he said.
King isn't planning to file a lawsuit or a police report. He urged his congregation to ignore the demonstrators who have not yet been identified.
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