Klan Burns Methodists

A cross and a burning flame: That image is dearly loved by many, but not for the same reasons, as United Methodists in southeastern Wisconsin have recently discovered.

They are outraged that the local Wisconsin Ku Klux Klan is likening its cross burnings to the Methodists’ symbol of a cross and flame. “Despite the Klan’s claim that they reflect biblical teaching, the United Methodist Church insists that both the teaching and practice of this hate group is contrary to the witness of Jesus Christ,” said UM Bishop David Lawson in a written denunciation of the Klan sent out to Wisconsin pastors. United Methodists and other church groups joined for a prayer service to counter the Klan activity in the auto-manufacturing towns, where fears of unemployment have fed Klan recruitment.

The Klan had claimed in a brochure “Why Do You Guys Burn the Cross?” that was passed out in Janesville and Beloit, Wisconsin, during a recruiting effort, that there was no real difference between their burning crosses and the Methodists’ emblem. The Methodist symbol was adopted in 1968 and is meant to signify the tongues of fire occurring at Pentecost.

Homosexual Debate Hits Southern Baptists

Just before a Southern Baptist church in North Carolina gave its blessing in early March to the union of two homosexual men, the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee started formulating a plan to stop any such future actions by local churches.

Nearly two-thirds of the members of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, voted to permit their pastor, M. Mahan Siler, to conduct a service blessing the union of two homosexuals. “We’re taking a stand toward a responsible expression of sexuality,” Siler said. ...

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