WV Presbyterian Ministers Rebuke Hateful Editorial

Presbyterian ministers from across West Virginia joined together this past Sunday to denounce a hateful editorial by state Sen. Mike Azinger in which he called the LGBTQ community “perverted,” among many other things.

An excerpt from the piece states:

“We believe that God’s table is large and that there are seats at that table for the whole family, including the LGBTQ community. We believe that the table does not belong to us, it belongs to God, and God can invite whomever God chooses to the table. Our role is to welcome others in gratitude for the grace we have received. We see God working in and through the lives of LGBTQ Christians whose deep faith and commitment to the church are both a gift and a blessing. We do not believe these tenets because our modern-day culture tells us so, we believe them because we believe Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible. We believe we are all wonderfully created, beloved children of God with a place at God’s table.

There is one aspect of the op-ed with which we do agree, and that is a dislike for the word “tolerance,” for we believe we are called to far more than tolerance. We believe we are called to love, embrace and journey together as we realize the Kingdom of God as a family of faith.”

Fairness thanks the Revs. Barbara Accord of Fayetteville, Chris Bailey of Huntington, David Bower of Mill Creek, Laura Brekke Wagoner of Elkins, Bonnie Boyce of Huntington; Amanda K. Hill of Morgantown, Ethel Hornbeck of Shepherdstown, Emily Harden Misfeldt of Morgantown, Noha T. Khoury-Bailey of Huntington, James E. Morley of Bridgeport, Zac Morton of Morgantown, Shelly Barrick Parsons of Morgantown, Anna Pinckney Straight of Lewisburg, and the Rev. Dr. Dana Sutton of Huntington.

The full editorial can be found here: