Methodist conservatives accuse church magazine of promoting homosexuality

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Three independent conservative organizations contend that a United Methodist Church magazine violated a policy that bars use of denominational funds ''to promote acceptance of homosexuality,'' the Methodist news agency reports.

The conservatives filed formal charges with the church's financial council over the current issue of the Board of Church and Society magazine. They complain the issue has 10 articles advocating acceptance of homosexual behavior and none ''defending or explaining the church's position against such conduct.''

The Methodist General Conference last May strongly reaffirmed that traditional position.

Meanwhile, the retired editor of the official United Methodist magazine for clergy has decried the ''Southern captivity'' of the denomination in two articles. The Rev. Keith Pohl says Methodists in the South generally have more in common theologically with the conservative Southern Baptists than with Methodists in the North and West.

''No section of the country with its cultural history and theological world view should hold the entire whole captive,'' he asserted in Michigan's Methodist newspaper.

The church's Southeastern and South Central regions together now have a slight majority of the U.S. Methodist membership and have gained in voting power.


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