But, all kidding aside, I just found a new reason to love Georgia Tech. Lately, I’ve been thinking about leaving the United Methodist Church for a more conservative denomination. The kind folks at Georgia Tech are helping me decide with a new taxpayer-supported "Safe Space Training Manual" that has this to say about my church:
"In 1972 the (United Methodist) church stated that homosexuality was incompatible with Christian teaching, but it supported the civil rights of gays. In general this characterized the Methodist position in succeeding years and was formally reaffirmed in 1992. Church policy states that gay ministers could be banned; they do not perform same-sex union ceremonies. Within the Methodist Church there are a growing number of ‘Reconciling Congregations’ that disagree with the official stand and are trying to change the discipline. These congregations perform same-sex ceremonies, although theoretically they can get in trouble for doing so, and they are welcoming communities for people of all sexual orientations."
It really doesn’t make me angry to learn that Georgia Tech is evaluating different religions with taxpayer money. I’m not a Georgia resident so I’ll gladly use the guide in finding a new church. Clearly, the United Methodists are headed in the wrong direction so it’s back to the manual. Here’s what the Georgia Tech publication has to say about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons):
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) has the most anti-gay policies of any religion widely practiced in the United States…”
Well, that’s impressive. If I didn’t have to give up cigars, those guys would be in the running! Let’s see what they have to say about the Episcopal Church:
“Historically the Episcopal Church has been more receptive to gay worshipers than many other Christian denominations. They welcome gay and lesbian members, ordain non-practicing homosexuals, and participate in anti-hate programs…”
Thank you, drive through. And that’s a damned shame, too. They have a really nice Spanish-style church a few miles from my house. By the way, here’s what I read about the Evangelical Lutherans: