Comments: Grassroots Church movement calls for inclusiveness

I find the comment of Mr. Fraser very un-christian. Who is he to judge me as a biggot because I disagree with having a practicing homosexual as my Bishop. I live in New Hampshire and this has caused great sadness to me and many others. I suppose he is one of those that are into interpretating the Bible to his liking. I suggest they all join a book club.

Posted by avril at Wednesday, 27 August 2003 at 4:12pm BST

Sir,

I have looked up the word bigot to which you object, and understandable so. It is after all, according to the dictionary, a perjorative term. The rest of the dictionary definition, though, does seem to accurately describe the actions and stated beliefs of the fundamentalist faction of our great church. Here's the definition to which I refer: "A bigot is a pejorative term for a person who is obstinatately devoted to their opinions. Often engaging in a rude and intolerative manner when these are challenged." This certainly does seem to describe much of the fundagelical talk I hear. As a group, you are fairly entrenched, unyielding. So, while i regret that it has such a perjorative connotation, it appears to me that you are in fact a bigot. I shall keep looking for a less perjorative word that might be equally descriptive, yet less offensive.

Yours sincerely,

Linda McMillan

Posted by linda mcmillan at Tuesday, 16 September 2003 at 1:26pm BST

I think that if people call everything "demonic" that they do not understand, then they can hardly be upset if someone else referrs to them as "bigoted". It is very difficult to "turn the other cheek" in the face of a growing and powerful movement that pretends to be about love but is, in fact extremely separatist, exclusive and in a state of denial about that. Also a movement that is very attractive on the outside, but in fact somewhat deceitful in recruiting converts by failing to explain its need for the devil. Instead of the cross of Christ being the place where sin and suffering is brought, the devil is used to explain any difficult issue in life. This defies logic, intelligence and love. Compared to this, the term "bigot" is very minor. There were some things that Jesus allowed himself to be publicly angry about.

Posted by Cari at Monday, 29 September 2003 at 2:41pm BST