Religion: Tidings

DEBATE ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY

The National Council of Churches, a loose alliance of 32 Protestant and Orthodox denominations, has been attacked recently for supporting leftist causes in the U.S. and abroad. Last week the N.C.C. had another explosive issue on its hands: homosexuality. Meeting in San Francisco, the 207 delegates on the N.C.C.'s governing board considered an application for membership by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, most of whose 27,000 parishioners are gay.

The widespread Christian belief that homosexual acts are sinful is based on explicit statements in the Bible, including the passage...

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