LGBT ‘Welcome’ Ad Rejected by Progressive Christian Organization
Progressive Christian organization Sojourners refused to run an advertising campaign created by Believe Out Loud, a trans-denominational group working to increase acceptance – and attendance – of LGBT people at churches worldwide.
The editors released this short statement:
The “taking sides” that they were referring to is whether or not Christians can accept gays. The following video was the centerpiece of the campaign, launched on Mother’s Day, and is supported by a massive slate of display ads and a robust website with dozens of resources.
From Believe Out Loud:
There is quite the controversy brewing among religious bloggers about why Sojourners denied the ad – and what it means for the welcome of LGBT people to congregations worldwide. Carl Gregg talks about how this is basically throwing gays and lesbians under the bus, while Reverend Robert Chase argues that there isn’t even a side to take when it comes to welcoming new people to church:
Sojourners’ communications director Tim King, blogged that they will stick to discussing these issues editorially rather than via advertising: “We wish to engage first and foremost in dialogue on difficult issues within our editorial pages and we typically do not sell display advertising relating to issues amongst people of faith that have unfortunately and too often been reduced to political wedge issues.”
Nonetheless, we are pleased to see such vital and important discussion happening in the religious community. It’s long overdue, and we know that this dialogue – however painful – is essential to the gay right struggle.