the United Methodist Church Book of Discipline paragraph 304.3 and homosexuals who practice
"Homosexuals who Practice" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
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The United Methodist Church
, in their Book of Discipline, paragraph 304.3, states
"The PRACTICE of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. The United Methodist Church does not condone the PRACTICE of homosexuality. Therefore self-avowed PRACTICING homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in the United Methodist Church."
I imagined this: What if a very prominent LGBTQ group who had political, ecclesial, and public power, issued a statement like this?
"The PRACTICE of heterosexuality is incompatible with our teaching. Our organization does not condone the PRACTICE of heterosexuality. Therefore self-avowed PRACTICING heterosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, selected as leaders, or appointed to serve in any capacity in our organization."
There would be outrage! Why? Because it would be blatant discrimination against heterosexuals.
Heterosexuals would claim that it is unfair to differentiate between being a heterosexual and living like one. It would be an unjust demand upon a whole group of people to not actually be who they are. They would rightly protest that they are being segregated and punished for being who they are and not allowed to participate in the empowered group's life and activities.
It is the ghettoization of a people group because of their identity.