Religion: Gay Manifesto

"Is homosexuality a manifestation of sin? Is it a sickness?" So go the questions that lead off the July-August issue of Trends, a bimonthly adult education journal produced by the Christian Education staff of the United Presbyterian Church. The answer? A resounding and very un-Presbyterian no.

Trends editors Dennis Shoemaker and Florence Bryant include a statement that the issue does not represent the "official position" of the United Presbyterian Church. They also print a declaration of the denomination's 1970 general assembly that "the practice of homosexuality is sin." But having bowed to the official position, the magazine then goes its own way...

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