Area gay pride festival was a great success

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I would like to thank the organizers of Augusta Pride for a great parade and festival June 19.

I planned a visit to my hometown so that I could participate, and was happy to be able to march with the wonderful people of St. Alban's Episcopal Church. The church's banner read "Open at all times to all people," and elicited many grateful looks and cheers.

In The Augusta Chronicle's article about the parade, you mentioned that some of the protesting sign-holders were cursed by some of the marchers. What you didn't report was that St. Alban's marchers called out the following to those sign-holders: "God loves everyone!"

One of the protesting signs read, "What part of thou shalt not do you not understand?" What a great sentiment -- if only the sign-holder would have asked himself the same question.

I hope that Augusta Pride continues this great event. It gives courage and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered folks who are in the closet, and opens hearts and minds of those who fear people who are not like themselves.

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chinnie
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chinnie 06/27/10 - 01:48 am
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In Christianity you are right

In Christianity you are right - we are suppose to hate sin but love sinners - however - that’s not the same as accepting or even tolerating behavior that is known to be sinful. There is a vast difference. Funny how the latter part always gets left off.

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omnomnom 06/27/10 - 02:41 am
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Your sad devotion to that

Your sad devotion to that ancient religion hasn’t given you the clairvoyance to find the location of the rebel base nor has it helped you conjure up the stolen battle plans.

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carcraft 06/27/10 - 05:03 am
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The Christian church has been

The Christian church has been open to all people at all times always, it just used to ask them to repent and align themselves with the will of God, Now many in the Episcopal Church (including many Church leaders) want to celebrate sin! This celebration of sin is tearing the Anglican communion apart and the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church is tied up in myriad law suits to try to hang on to property as members leave and membership declines! Once vibrant Episcopal Churchs are being sold to Muslims because the Episcopal Church can no longer pay to maintain property. So by all means march in the gay pride parade! Christ spoke more about hell than he did heaven to warn the fallen world about the dangers of sin.

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55 F-100 06/27/10 - 05:51 am
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What an abomination.....or is

What an abomination.....or is that Obamanation?

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apex24 06/27/10 - 07:09 am
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We should have known this LTE

We should have known this LTE would be from California. What don't you understand about " it is an obomination for man to be with man and women to be with woman". You and the rest of the wierdo's will say like always " that's not what that means".

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InChristLove 06/27/10 - 07:11 am
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chinnie and carcraft, you are

chinnie and carcraft, you are so right. The Christian church is open to all kinds of people. Just because we speak out against sin does not mean we don't care for the sinner. It's quit the opposite. I think by Mr/Ms Berlin's last statement, the warning by Christ has been pushed by the wayside. He tells us to be in the world, but not of the world. We love the sinner but do not promote the sin, and is this not what this church was doing by marching in the parade and saying it's okay to conduct oneself in homosexual behavior?

Pay What U Owe
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Pay What U Owe 06/27/10 - 07:33 am
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I think we saw a lot of your

I think we saw a lot of your kind waving signs and screaming at people during the parade. I feel confident I know which side Jesus would have been hanging with.

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soldout 06/27/10 - 07:36 am
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Very good comments; it is

Very good comments; it is good to see the Christians speak out. You are the glue that is holding society together. Jesus holds everything together by His Word and we are to do our part and speaking the truth is a key part. There are no gays, just folks who choose to do a gay sin just like there are no bank robbers but those who choose to rob a bank. God stated what was sin and warned us no to engage in those sins because they were destructive to our bodies and minds. Sin is always destructive but freedom from sin and a relationship with Christ brings joy and peace; not the anger, frustration, and stress that sin brings. We don't even have to divide up the big sins and the small sins. You can shot a plate glass window with a rifle or drive a truck through it; either way, you have to replace the window. As I see the gay sin destroying lives it reminds me to avoid all sin possible because sowing and reaping never fails to work. People would give up any sin if they knew the joy of the Spirit of Christ living within them and guiding their lives and giving them authority over satan.

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StillaGOP 06/27/10 - 07:38 am
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So two men want to hold

So two men want to hold hands, kiss, sleep with one another, and perform oral sex on each other and we are suppose to celibrate that? You are correct, we are not to judge, but we should not be required to support this life style either.

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rmwhitley 06/27/10 - 07:47 am
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Ma'am, two friends of mine
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Ma'am, two friends of mine are homosexual and need no public pity or demonstration for their sexual orientation. What is the overriding need for sympathy?

soldout
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soldout 06/27/10 - 07:51 am
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Have you ever noticed how

Have you ever noticed how many more words (this letter is an example) it takes to describe sin that it does living a Godly life; for example: .......it gives courage and support to "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered folks" who are in the closet, and opens hearts and minds of those who fear people who are not like themselves..

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Fundamental_Arminian 06/27/10 - 08:02 am
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Ms. Berlin says she was happy

Ms. Berlin says she was happy to march with the wonderful people of St. Alban's, whose banner read "Open at all times to all people." So I wonder how many of those marchers will point to their priest on Judgment Day and complain, "You never warned us!"

Yes, God loves everyone, but this love is only temporary for the unrepentant. Sometime before the last day it will turn to hatred and wrath. As Christians, we must lovingly warn people to repent while there's time. It's too late when God starts hardening their hearts, ignoring their cries, and laughing at their calamity (see Wisdom's Call, Proverbs 1:20-33).

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apex24 06/27/10 - 08:13 am
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It is a proven statistic that

It is a proven statistic that gay men have sex with more different male partners. I don't want to pay for their heatlh care when they contract aids.

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jiclemens 06/27/10 - 08:29 am
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soldout, sorry, but people

soldout, sorry, but people here don't speak for Christians as much as they would like to think God takes sides. And when did Paul become Christ? He 'rants' about what is natural and claims men with long hair are unnatural??? You worship every word that supports your ignorance when religious scholars know without a doubt that Paul didn't even write a number of the letters attributed to him? Did it EVER occur to you pious homophobes that you might be just a tiny bit wrong? It is not a choice to be gay, but ignorance certainly is.

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soldout 06/27/10 - 08:37 am
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jiclemons, If it is not a

jiclemons, If it is not a choice to do gay sin how can there be x-gays? The religious scholars were wrong and missed it big time when Christ was here and not sure if they are doing much better today.

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impossible 06/27/10 - 08:42 am
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"Gays" (another word down the
Unpublished

"Gays" (another word down the linguistic chute) say it's discriminatory to deny them the right to marry when they love each other. Perchance they mistake lust for love? Love (true love) can be shown in many ways other than sexual. Examples: First cousins; parents and children; brothers and sisters; good friends regardless of gender; man and his hunting dog; adults and little children; courting heterosexual couples. The latter should be allowed to marry, but not the others.

Yeah, "love" is another of those words that has fallen down the language chute. Words used to mean something and generally that something was the same for all people. Like in today's editorial "treason" used to mean something; now, in the case of an American citizen who becomes a terrorist, he/she is called a "homegrown terrorist" instead of a traitor. "Truth" used to mean just that; now it means "opinion." Even the word "liberal" used to have a different meaning. Things can get hairy when we lose the benefit of a common language; otherwise intelligent people unable to have an intelligent conversation.

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Dorion 06/27/10 - 08:47 am
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Apex 24 "It is a proven

Apex 24 "It is a proven statistic that gay men have sex with more different male partners." I hope your statistics do not come from the same place you get your grammar.

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CoastalDawg 06/27/10 - 09:19 am
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From the time that Adam and

From the time that Adam and Eve decided that they knew better than God until today people have been defying what the Creator the universe has said is right and best for mankind. Aside from everything else, if everyone chose to live a gay lifestyle there would only have been two people after the first two came together to have children and we wouldn't be having this discussion now. Homosexuality is against everything that is normal to the development of humanity; argue all you want against the biblical admonishments but one day we will all know WHO was right. Besides being called an abomination in the Old Testament, besides having caused the complete and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, one can see a listing of who will NOT be in heaven in the New Testament. EVERYONE has temptations - we make a choice as to what to do WITH those temptations. As someone already stated, the Episcopal church has been torn asunder by endorsing a homosexual lifestyle and even ordaining homosexual priests; the Bible is supposed to be the guideline for any church that would call itself Christian, yet the very foundational requirements for priesthood have been abridged in that and other churches. So how can a church thrive if its leadership is wrongly put into places of leadership? Why would one even WANT to parade his lifestyle in public and celebrate something that is so wrong? There is a love, whether it be between persons of the same sex or opposite sexes, that transcends sex and immorality. Sorry but I hardly find it a "success" to have had the streets of Augusta used to parade that kind of lifestyle, deadening the sensitivities of younger people and making it "all right". Surely Christians are to love those who have found themselves embracing what has been called an abomination by God but it is also the duty of the church to call sinners to repentance, whatever the sin might be. I feel certain that each one of us has friends and possibly family that are practicing homosexuals - we love them and want the best for them; the "best" is not a lifestyle that leads to destruction in the end. By the way, I do not "fear" people who are unlike me and they don't need to "fear" me. Homophobia, fear of homosexuality, doesn't need to enter into the picture but that word is tossed around by those use it as a weapon against those who would require them to face their own fears..

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CoastalDawg 06/27/10 - 09:22 am
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the Creator the universe =

the Creator the universe = the Creator OF the universe
the complete and destruction = the complete and total destruction

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FedupwithAUG 06/27/10 - 09:26 am
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Apex, I don't want to pay for

Apex, I don't want to pay for the health care of overweight Americans. That drops 60 percent of the population. It is their choice to be fat.

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lsmith 06/27/10 - 09:59 am
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Covering my eyes Holding My
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Covering my eyes
Holding My Nose
Covering my ears
Ignoring as best I can the spectacle that these deviants are so so intent on subjecting us to. Too bad they cannot simply just keep it to themselves.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/27/10 - 10:46 am
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Fedup- Then gay fat people

Fedup- Then gay fat people must really put your knickers in a twist! It is their choice-If you eat less calories than you burn you lose weight!

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jiclemens 06/27/10 - 10:55 am
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lsmith, I assume you are

lsmith, I assume you are referring to the alleged Christians on this thread?
Soldout, the x-gay thing is a myth and you know it. They have publicly apologised for their insensitive psychological abuse, just as the people on this thread should. Shame on you all for using religion and pseudo-science to guilt and shame people into behaving dishonestly and against who they are as human beings. YOU are the reason for Gay Pride events. To stop the hurt you cause and to be an example to those whose parents and neighbors drive them to suicide. Did it ever occur to you that the REAL Paul was preaching for men and women to live authentically, true to themselves and the way God made them? How would you feel if religious authorities demanded you heterosexuals to perform ritual homosexual acts in the sancuary, as the pagan religions did in Paul's day? Every June, Augusta will see bigger and bigger pride events until you back down and stop calling the gay community deviants and sinners or worse.

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Fundamental_Arminian 06/27/10 - 12:12 pm
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JIC, you asked lsmith, "Did

JIC, you asked lsmith, "Did it ever occur to you that the REAL Paul was preaching for men and women to live authentically, true to themselves and the way God made them?" How, may I ask, are the transgendered among you being true to themselves and living the way God made them?

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jiclemens 06/27/10 - 12:32 pm
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fundamental, I can't explain

fundamental, I can't explain it so I choose humility. Many are assigned their sex at birth by physicians because they are neither strongly male nor strongly female and they discover the assignment is not what they would have chosen for themselves. Gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same thing. I choose to judge not what I don't fully understand. I look to science for explanations of things and have faith that God has walked in my shoes.

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orb 06/27/10 - 03:23 pm
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55 F-100 You correctly say:

55 F-100

You correctly say: "What an abomination?"

And this in the so-called Bible Belt! In that Bible we read:

Jude 5-7
5. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Sodom and Gomorrah were punished for their perversion even though they did not have the "oracles of GOD" as did the Jews. Jesus Christ speaking to these Jews proclaimed:

Matthew 10:14, 15

14. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

This country:

1. which has been blessed more than any country in history,
2. whose very founding is based on the teaching of Scripture,
3. and had unrestrained access to the teaching of that Scripture,

is now becoming a nation that endorses homosexual perversion and the continued slaughter of the innocents, 3000-4000 per day for a total exceeding 50 million.

WILL GOD HAVE MERCY ON US?

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corgimom 06/27/10 - 02:08 pm
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If abortion has exceeded 50

If abortion has exceeded 50 million in the United States in the last 37 years; and if approx. 160 million people in the US are female (but that also includes children, so it's less than that) that would mean about one of every 2 women in the US has had an abortion.

Does that sound even remotely true to you?

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howcanweknow 06/27/10 - 02:08 pm
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I see JIClemens has moved

I see JIClemens has moved from the "Your Faith" site over to here to argue that the Bible supports homosexuality. His arguments didn't hold up over there, so now he's over saying the same thing on this LTE.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/27/10 - 02:11 pm
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Corgi, you're assuming 1

Corgi, you're assuming 1 abortion per woman. Unfortunately, you get a number of repeat offenders that use abortion as birth control. In other words, trading death for sex. At least homosexual relationships don't produce offspring, so we don't have to worry about abortion there.

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Dixieman 06/27/10 - 02:19 pm
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I hope -- hopehopehope --

I hope -- hopehopehope -- that this will NOT become an annual event.

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