Homosexual Olympics Will Be Supported and Sponsored by the United Church of Christ — What a Crying Shame!

Gay Games 9, sponsored by corporations and faith-based groups, will be held in northeast Ohio in August.
Gay Games 9, sponsored by corporations and faith-based groups, will be held in northeast Ohio in August.

A Protestant denomination known for its longtime support of religious diversity and inclusion has agreed to become a sponsor of the 2014 edition of the Gay Games, to be held in northeast Ohio from Aug. 9 to 16.

The denomination, the United Church of Christ, has its headquarters in Cleveland, which, along with Akron, is one of two cities that will play host to the more than 35 sporting and cultural events scheduled to be part of Gay Games 9. Geography, however, is only one reason the church agreed to become a major sponsor; ideology loomed larger.

“The United Church of Christ has been a leader in L.G.B.T. inclusion,” said the Rev. James Moos, a national officer of the church, using the shorthand for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Mr. Moos, whose title is executive minister of wider church ministries, added: “No matter who you are or where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

The church made headlines in 2004 when it ran a television commercial that depicted two burly bouncers using a velvet rope to block the entrance of a church to would-be worshipers who did not conform to mainstream norms. “Jesus didn’t turn people away,” the commercial declared. “Neither do we.”

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SOURCE: STUART ELLIOTT 
The New York Times

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