Saturday, August 27, 2005

Life Outside the City Limits

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usWinston-Salem Journal: "A meeting of gay Methodists in western North Carolina over Labor Day weekend has law enforcement officials preparing for protests from conservative groups and the Ku Klux Klan.

Haywood County Sheriff Tom Alexander met with other officers Thursday to plan for the Sept. 2-5 gathering at the Lake Junaluska Assembly of the Reconciling Ministries Network, a Chicago-based group that wants the United Methodist Church opened to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians. The conference is expected to attract about 500 attendees.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usAmong those planning to protest the meeting are the Cordele, Ga.-based American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported Friday.

Imperial Wizard J.J. Harper told the newspaper he expects 20 Klan protesters in plain clothes. State law bans the KKK from wearing masks in public.
"Nesbitt Chapel United Methodist Church in nearby Buncombe County bought a half-page newspaper ad urging "Christian Brothers and Sisters in Christ" to join them in "standing against the pro-homosexual rally" planned for Labor Day weekend."

The Methodists are going through progressive growing pains. The church may wind up in the same sort of schism that's rocking the Episcopals. Either way, if the Klan is against something, I'm going to be for it.

If you're interested in seeing greater move acceptance of people as they are rather than as heterosexuals would like them to be, then maybe head on out to Lake Junaluska to stand with those who would leave judgment to God.


Jim Jenkins said...

...preparing for protests from conservative groups and the Ku Klux Klan.

For some truth in advertising it would be nice if it said, preparing for protests from conservative groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Nesbitt Chapel United Methodist Church in Buncombe County.

I found this tidbit among many others on the Cordele "group". It will be interesting to see if twenty klansmen actually show up.

Harper says he formed his own Klan offshoot after a falling out with national Klan organizers in January. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, says Harper appears to be the only member.

car said...

Well I don't believe in the KKK doctrines but I certainly will stand in support with the methodist Church protest of such an un-Godly rally!