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By National Public Radio
Fewer jokes and check your facts – those are two of the tips on handling homosexuality shared with Southern Baptist pastors gathered in Nashville [in April 2014].
The country’s largest protestant denomination is holding a first-ever summit on human sexuality this week. The Southern Baptist Convention typically avoids handing down dictates. But on homosexuality, the denomination is starting to get very specific.
“I just think we have to reject redneck theology in all of its forms,” pastor Jimmy Scroggins of West Palm Beach told ministers Monday night. “Let’s stop telling Adam and Steve jokes.”
A panel of five church leaders also told preachers to stop spreading falsehoods, like gay people were abused as children.
Overall, Greg Belser of Clinton, Miss., said pastors have to take particular care on this hot button topic. Click here to continue reading.