Remove anti-gay pastor Greg Laurie from Pentagon Day of Prayer on 5/2/13
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Remove anti-gay pastor Greg Laurie from Pentagon Day of Prayer on 5/2/13

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      Outserve-SLDN

The Department of Defense is set to welcome Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Ministries, as the headline speaker for its Day of Prayer on May 2, 2013. Today, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and OutServe-SLDN called on the Pentagon to remove the pastor from the agenda, citing his blatantly anti-LGBT message.

"Mr. Laurie represents the worst our nation's communities of faith have to offer when it comes to fairness, justice, and equality. His hurtful, out-of-the-mainstream rhetoric stands at direct odds with the mission the Commander-in-Chief and the Secretary of Defense have laid out: that this nation's military will be an institution that respects the dignity and honors the service of our gay and lesbian service members, veterans, and their families," said Allyson Robinson, an ordained Baptist minister and Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN. “On behalf of our 6,000 members and their families, representing over 67,000 LGBT members of the armed forces, we call upon the Department of Defense to rescind their invitation to Pastor Laurie and invite in his place a faith leader who can speak with integrity and respect to the needs and concerns of all of our nation’s courageous service members,” she said.

Among Laurie's past comments are the following, as reported on October 31, 2012 by The Christian Post:

"God has established the order of the family. It's been said a family can survive without a nation, but a nation cannot survive without the family. God set it up – bringing a man and a woman together in marriage and then of course ultimately with children and grandchildren. That's his order. What does he start with? Honor your father and mother. Notice it says honor your father and mother. Not honor your father and father, or honor your mother and mother, or honor your mother and her live-in lover or her partner. We tamper with God's order at our own peril."

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    • Brad Byers CARRBORO, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      If we are to promote that all men are created equal, we cannot have Greg Laurie, who stands for the opposite, representing our nation.

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      • about 1 year ago

      because prayer is fine thing is you call it a day of prayer with a hate message then allow a lgbt prayer church too religion is fine not a hate level it goes back to like hilter playing hate messages in the streets of Germany it starts small and gets to be a mass anti hate message just saying

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    • Susan Burns MAHTOMEDI, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      He is misrepresenting the Christian faith, which is all about love and acceptance.

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    • Ellen Vasell LOUISVILLE, KY
      • about 1 year ago

      I ask you to un-invite this Pastor because we do not embrace his hate preach value system and it was a mistake to invite him to begin with. Pardon us- we are not serving hater-aide with Breakfast. If you don't have something nice to say we don't want you to speak. Thank you peace

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    • Chris Revels QUINCY, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      No one should suffer the feeling of being alone in this world, to all you LGBT guys out there pushin this stuff to the max, all the power to you!

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