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Korean Pastor Suspended for ‘Blessing’ LGBTQ People, Wearing Rainbow Colors


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A pastor in South Korea has been suspended from duty after church officials determined that he violated regulations in support of homosexuality.

 

Rev. Lee Dong-hwan, of the Korean Methodist Church, held a “blessing ceremony” at a queer festival in August 2019, in which he prayed and scattered flowers for members of the LGBTQ community.

 

The Korean Methodist Church (KMC), which traces its roots to the late 19th century, explicitly states that “violating laws regarding drugs and performing activities supporting or agreeing with gambling or homosexuality” is punishable.

 

In Lee’s first trial last August, defense lawyers argued that he did not explicitly agree or support homosexuality at the event, but simply said prayers of blessing.

 

The KMC, however, claimed that Lee’s support of sexual minorities was implied in his actions — such as wearing a rainbow-colored stole during the event, according to The Korea Herald.

 

In the hearing last Thursday, the judicial committee of the church’s Gyeonggi province branch slapped Lee with a two-year suspension for violating tenets.

 

“His (Reverend Lee) attending the queer festival in clergy vestments and publicly blessing sexual minorities is proof that he supports homosexuality,” the committee said.

 

Lee, who heads the Glory Jeil Church in Suwon, plans to appeal the ruling to a higher authority.

 

In the face of today’s ruling, I am ashamed of the Methodist church, of which I am a part,” Lee said, according to the Kyunghyang Shinmun.

 

“I refuse to accept the decision. If Jesus came to this land, he would have sought out and blessed the sexual minorities, who suffer from all kinds of discrimination and hatred.”

 

He added, “Just as the geocentric model has become obsolete and slavery abolished, just as women are ordained pastors now, I will not give up and I will fight until the end in order to make a church equal and safe for all.”

 

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On 10/24/2020 at 12:06 AM, Thaivisa Web Content Team said:

suspended from duty after church officials determined that he violated regulations in support of homosexuality.

In a world that is threatened by a lot of worrying recent developments , to support homosexuality or not , is of no importance at all . Nope , Zero , Nada ... Praying to a god in the sky or somewhere else , and believing that this god listens to you is , sorry , just wishful thinking without any connection to reality ... If there is a god , everything , the whole universe , with it's billions of galaxies , would be his creation ...?

In this case , believe me , your wishes are not important enough to be listened to ... wake up .

 

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17 minutes ago, nobodysfriend said:

If there is a god , everything , the whole universe , with it's billions of galaxies , would be his creation ...?

You mean "her" creation, right? 

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4 hours ago, Venom said:

You mean "her" creation, right? 

How does a non entity have a gender? If it does not exist there can be no gender ??? :wai:

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how very christian of them.jesus supported the weak the downtrodden the poor the people on the edges.it wasnt just for the rich and connected,the sufferings of the early christians clearly showed that.shame on them hypocrisy in spades

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1 hour ago, rupert the bear said:

how very christian of them.jesus supported the weak the downtrodden the poor the people on the edges.it wasnt just for the rich and connected,the sufferings of the early christians clearly showed that.shame on them hypocrisy in spades

Unfortunately religion, dogma and christianity can be diametrically opposed

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