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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Happening tonight: pushing gays to kill themselves. Recent deaths underscore the difficulties gays have in coming out about their sexual preferences. Tonight in the Cape Fear, gays supported one another. Tonight wraps up National Coming Out Day. Organizers call it a time to publicly display gay pride.
Many choose this day to come out to their parents, friends, co-workers and themselves. Dozens packed the riverfront in downtown Wilmington for tonight's pride rally. They say it makes a difference.

"I heard something on the news about how young people are killing themselves because they were different, they were gay, we need this more around the world so people can come to us so they have somewhere to go for comfort and support so we can be there for them," said Scooter Silva.

Gays at the rally have a message for those still in the closet. They say don't be afraid, be who you are and love who you are.

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Morals of a Man & Woman and *GASP* Sex!

I hear some of the "Moral Majority", citing passages from OUR good book...
Folks, I'm a full-fledged God fearing person....
That in fact, OUR FATHER, does and has made mistakes...
So We have "Gay Pride", And following; what I've been Led to believe thus far, is Our FATHER loves EVERYONE... Regardless, a un-conditional LOVE....For everyone...
Or Now We can also, delve into the Koran, ship these "People" to say, Saudi Arabia, and watch what happens via, Youtube, and grainy phone video...Let "Allha" have'em...
What say you?
.......
Peace & God Bless Everyone

Nice

Another minority group that forces the majority to bend over for them and accept their life style that so conveniently gets thrown up in everyone's face ad nauseum. I don't throw my sexuality, religion, or any other of my beliefs in other people's face, because I'm not looking for anyone's acceptance. I don't need other people's acceptance to be happy with my life. If you don't want the public to criticize what you do in the bedroom, don't bring what you do in the bedroom into public.

How Sad!!!!

This is a sad day indeed for Wilmington. This is where our country is headed....what happened to all the real Christian who would voice strong opposition to this?

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
From Romans, Chapter 1

religious fanatics

You religious fanatics make yourselves and your cause look so ignorant that you lose credibility. Fighting so hard against something you don't understand. Just this week you added YOGA to your hate list. Thanks for showing the world how one sided, hateful and ignorant you are. It makes the rest of us look good. One more thing, many and most homosexuals are good, God fearing folks that not only believe in God, but love and respect others for who they are. Keep up your hate speeches, you continue to look like idiots.

Lashing out of context

Romans Chapter 1 (specifically verses 26-32) is often held up as a gay Christian "clobber passage", that is, evidence that God hates homosexuality and that someone cannot be Christian and gay. However, this passage was not about homosexuality at all.

What was it about? Let's look at the context. Paul (the writer of Romans) starts of by saying that when we look at creation, we can see God in it, but that certain ones didn't praise God for this or even thank him. He says they worshipped idols instead. In verse 24, Paul says "for this reason" God handed them over to ritual uncleanness. Now the clincher. In verse 26, Paul states that the females exchanged natural sex for what is "other than nature". In the next verse, he says the same goes for males too. In following passages, Paul gives a list of their wrongdoings.

In the passage Paul follows Jewish literature in speaking of idolatry and people who did not acknowledge God, and both women and men who went against nature due to their own burning passions. This has been thought to refer to homosexuality, but it is not even about the union of humans, same sex or not. The Aphrocryphal literature well documents certain angels (known as "The Watchers") as going "against nature" and "whoring after" humans. In Romans 1 verses 28-32, Paul gives list of their wicked deeds, and this list can be found also in 2 Enoch 10. The context in 2 Enoch 10 was also about those who did not know their creator but worshipped idols, and about angels who lusted after humans.

The ancient Jewish Testament of Naphtali 3.3.4-5 likewise states that the women of Sodom had sex with angels, and that in doing so The Watchers had "changed the order of their nature". Sound familiar?

Ancient Jewish literature had several accounts of angels ("The Watchers") coming to earth and "whoring after" humans. This was described as "going against nature". In these accounts, it is mentioned that they did not worship the creator but made idols instead. There are also lists of their wicked deeds. This is precisely what we find in Romans 10. 'Religious' Christians in Western cultures in the last few centuries have seen homosexuality as a sin, so have read their own personal beliefs back into the original words of the Bible when they are in fact not there at all. Many Christians did not and do not realize that there was a strong Jewish tradition of angels coming to earth, changing their nature, and lusting after humans.

Romans 10 is not about homosexuality, but about the union of angels with humans.

Again you use something out of context!

Romans Chapter 1 (specifically verses 26-32) is often held up as a gay Christian "clobber passage", that is, evidence that God hates homosexuality and that someone cannot be Christian and gay. However, this passage was not about homosexuality at all.

What was it about? Let's look at the context. Paul (the writer of Romans) starts of by saying that when we look at creation, we can see God in it, but that certain ones didn't praise God for this or even thank him. He says they worshipped idols instead. In verse 24, Paul says "for this reason" God handed them over to ritual uncleanness. Now the clincher. In verse 26, Paul states that the females exchanged natural sex for what is "other than nature". In the next verse, he says the same goes for males too. In following passages, Paul gives a list of their wrongdoings.

In the passage Paul follows Jewish literature in speaking of idolatry and people who did not acknowledge God, and both women and men who went against nature due to their own burning passions. This has been thought to refer to homosexuality, but it is not even about the union of humans, same sex or not. The Aphrocryphal literature well documents certain angels (known as "The Watchers") as going "against nature" and "whoring after" humans. In Romans 1 verses 28-32, Paul gives list of their wicked deeds, and this list can be found also in 2 Enoch 10. The context in 2 Enoch 10 was also about those who did not know their creator but worshipped idols, and about angels who lusted after humans.

The ancient Jewish Testament of Naphtali 3.3.4-5 likewise states that the women of Sodom had sex with angels, and that in doing so The Watchers had "changed the order of their nature". Sound familiar?

Ancient Jewish literature had several accounts of angels ("The Watchers") coming to earth and "whoring after" humans. This was described as "going against nature". In these accounts, it is mentioned that they did not worship the creator but made idols instead. There are also lists of their wicked deeds. This is precisely what we find in Romans 10. 'Religious' Christians in Western cultures in the last few centuries have seen homosexuality as a sin, so have read their own personal beliefs back into the original words of the Bible when they are in fact not there at all. Many Christians did not and do not realize that there was a strong Jewish tradition of angels coming to earth, changing their nature, and lusting after humans.

Romans 10 is not about homosexuality, but about the union of angels with humans.

Atheists

How can you make a " God bless you " proclamation when you gays are nonbelievers in God. Based on the premise established earlier , how about an explanation of this conflict?

Have to justify behavior

By dismissing GOD , you see it as a convenient way to justify your IMMORAL beavior. I expected a vocal backlash in this community given the demographic makeup of this area. With a movie production company , a local university promoting film studies and other liberal studies, a city council trying to make Wilmington a gay friendly community and arts and crafts scene , this city is a magnet for DEVIANTS . This city is the San Fransicko East that reflects the moral degradation of society in general. The reason you DEVIANTS are coming out of the closet is because our society has never had a more liberal perception and acceptance of IMMORAL BEHAVIOR. You have the right to assemble but I have the right to speak out about your contribution to the degradation of a nation.

radar

You are so out there it is really silly. NEWS FLASH: There are christian gays !!!!! YES RADAR, there are CHRISTIAN HOMOSEXUAL PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN THE SAME GOD THAT YOU PRAY TOO !! Hope you don't catch cooties!!

Accepting people for who they are and how they where born is THE HUMAN thing to do and has nothing to do with liberalism. But you being a christian I wouldn't expect you to understand that. Bahhhhbahhhh

Christian Gay

No.....there is no way. If you are a Christian then you accept God's word as truth.....If you are gay then you don't follow God's Word. Read Romans 1. There is no such thing as a Gay Christian....

You must have missed this part...

Romans 14:22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.

The whole verse says:

Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
That is the question....Hast thou faith??????

Wow! Hiding behind the

Wow! Hiding behind the computer and bible! Never knew the DEVIL could be in the "Closet" as well..So unlike you~

Thank You Wilmington

As one of the organizers I wanted to thank the news media for covering this event. Thank you to everyone who Came Out in support. This is just the beginning. We are not going back into the closet! If you want to get involved please email me at trnunley@gmail.com.

Terri Rae "TR" Nunley

The real Truth!

First of all if your god is a hateful god then may I say you are following his wisdom. Hiding behind your Bible to inflict hate and harm unto others is not the intentions of your GOD! Please stop picking and choosing your man made quotes from a Bible written by man for man. THO SHALL NOT JUDGE! Your bible, and every day you blast about how Christian you are and that you follow the word of God. I am sorry I may be in hell, if there is one, but you also will burn in those so called eternal flames. I have not met a Christiane today that is a true Christian. You want people to live your life as you see it, you incite hatred, you are killing our youth and you are making the mental health industry very rich. Freedom of speech in this country does not exist for those people who incite hate, and harm. IT IS NOW TIME TO SHUT THE GLORIOUS CHRISTIANS UP! People who do not believe in your ways, beliefs, bible to you are not worthy. WRONG WRONG WRONG you are not worthy. YOUR SO CALLED GOD HAS PLACED EVERYONE ON THIS EARTH FOR A REASON AND WITH HIS LOVE. LOVE IS NOT A sin and as I remember it clearly There is no place in the man made written bible new or old Where it ever said that loving one another is wrong. Stop trying to embrace the NAZI way of life Hitler is dead. You do Not make the rules and you are not GOD you have no right to judge anyone.

What a Wonderful day that National Coming out Day is. We are not inciting hatred! we are falling your Gods belief. We are opening up our arms and hearts to everyone in support of there choices. Lets see who enters the pearly gates as you so claim.

We can all say what we want

We can all say what we want about GOD and coming out of the closet. I'm a Christian, but let's look at this from a non-religious point of view. What if everyone were homosexual. The human race would cease to exist because there would be no procreation. Try as hard as you will, but you cannot mate with someone of the same sex. Now I know I'm going to hear "Well that is what we have heterosexuals for." Really? So anyone who thinks this is basically saying we want heterosexuals when it is convenient for us. People please, if you don't believe in GOD, that is your belief and I respect that. But if not then you obviously believe the scientific notion that huimans are animals. If that is the case, then according to science a species' only job is to carry on the species. You do this by procreating, which can only be done, unless you are a lower life form, by the procreation of two heterosexuals. So, really, no matter what you believe, the homosexuality arguments do not hold water.

Actually....

(Still ignoring religion, for the sake of argument) Actually science states that humans are creatures that pursue sex for pleasure. (http://www.livescience.com/health/060727_sex_history.html) So following our animal instincts, we can still have homosexuals. As far as the-

"Now I know I'm going to hear "Well that is what we have heterosexuals for....So anyone who thinks this is basically saying we want heterosexuals when it is convenient for us."

-part goes; who is saying everyone has to be homosexual? If there are those people, I agree, they are wrong. There exists shades of grey(gray?) in just about every matter. As much as I'd like to have my pick of the guys, I know some don't share my preference, and I respect that. I'm not going to walk around saying, "I BELIEVE men should be together, so have sex with me!" So as it turns out, gays are human too, so we have cups to hold our water =)

Pigs also egage in sex for

Pigs also egage in sex for pleasure...they are not homosexual.

you cant

"I'm a Christian, but let's look at this from a non-religious point of view." You cant.

If you truly believe in god then you believe he made all life. You know, besides Homosapiens there are other species that are homosexual don't you? Humans are nothing special.

Nature made all sorts of different life forms and just because you think its wrong doesn't make it so. Thanks for sharing your typical christian judgmental opinion but really, no matter what you believe, the nonscientific christian arguments do not hold water.

Oh Das, this is great....so

Oh Das, this is great....so because I am a christian, I can't also be a scientist. What an idiotic and ignorant statement. Alas, in your hurry to defend homosexuals you did not read my post. I believe I did argue my point from a non-christian point of view. Yes, there are other life forms that have homosexual tendencies, but in the end they still mate with a member of the opposite sex. The reason: they are programmed to procreate and reproduce. All living things are. And yes humans are something special because they are the only animal that has the ability to reason and think logically. Unlike other animals, humans do realize what they are doing when they choose to be homosexual. So really, none of your rambling holds any water either. Also Das, I've read your past posts. You want to talk about hating. You are probably the biggest christian hater on here. I'm sorry to tell you this, but that makes you no better than the bigot who hates gays. Hate is hate, it doesn't discriminate. You just happen to hate christians instead of gays. No difference. So please instead of letting your hate speak for you, try to look at things from a scientific view point. It makes you seem a lot less ignorant.

Hate?

I wouldn't say hate, more like frustration. I have no idea what you posted in the past but, I always post under my registered name on here, unlike you.

Quote: "Unlike other animals, humans do realize what they are doing when they choose to be homosexual."... You want to talk about seeming ignorant? Homosexuality is NATURAL, people do not choose their sexuality, only who to have sex with. There have also been animals documented that where completely homosexual, look it up.

You can no more look at this issue from a non-religious point of view than I can look at it from religious point of view. Seriously.

other species are homosexual?

No theyre not.

First let me say that I dont care if someone is gay, am not religious blah blah blah...but I do think that anything drawing attention to a particular group of people about their sexual preference has no place in public. If youre gay, cool...but the more you flaunt it in someones face, the more anti gays will state their side, rightfully so.

When was the last time Wilmington had a pro creation parade/ public gathering? or a heterosexual parade/ public gathering?...and lets be real here...one that is about sexual relations and relationships with each other?...NEVER...so just be gay and live your life and quit trying to force yourselves and your lifestyle on others...

Now, Ive worked in biology for 43 years and worked in some of the largest zoos/ aquariums in the country and have yet to come across gay animals. 4 legged animals mount others of the same sex as a sign of domination, not eroticism. Primates are, Im 99% sure, the only animals that partake in sex for pleasure...no other animals do, that we know of.

Watch animal planet? ever seen gay animals on there?how about mutual of omaha, discovery channel etc. Dont you think if it was happening in the animal world that those channels (owned by very liberal parent networks with agendas) would be showing it? They cant because it simply isnt true.

So gays, just get over yourselves, quit worrying about what others think and get on with your lives. And dont give me the "gays get beat up BS"...EVERYONE gets beat up for one reason or another at some point and time. The pretty, the fat, the skinny, the tall, short etc etc etc. Its part of life.

really

I find it hard to believe that you have been in biology for 43 years and never heard of the book by Bruce Bagemihl, the Canadian biologist who wrote Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity.

"Homosexual behavior has been observed in close to 1,500 species, ranging from primates to gut worms, and is well documented for 500 of them."

Oh and btw, I have seen several documentaries on the subject on TV.

Congrats!

Wonderful display of pride! Good stuff. Congrats to those who are happy and content with who you are. Go and be happy, treat people well, be tolerant of others and spread the word of love, NOT HATE! God bless you all!

Sodomy

Sodomy is a crime against God .

Prove it!

Prove it!

Read Romans chapter 1. God

Read Romans chapter 1. God does not hate....He is love. He sent his Son to this world to die for our sins. That is love. He does however hate sin. His Word says that men with men and women with women in that way is a sin. Just read His word...ask God in prayer to help you understand what you read. Put God first, He will show you the truth. He loves you!

Thanks for your opinion.

Thanks for your opinion. Here's mine: Since god is a myth, sodomy is a crime against no one.

.........

.....so are judgmental homophobes. Is sodomy a "crime against god" if heterosexuals do it?

What if the roles were reversed?

Let's say that the roles were reversed. The Moral Majority was gay. You couldn't get married unless you were gay. You would be judged and sneered at and treated like a second class citizan by many unless you're gay. People publicly say that you are going to hell because you are straight and maybe you are ostracized from your family because you are strait. Would you be able to be Gay then? I couldn't. Know why? Because I was BORN straight. It stands to reason that if that is true for me then the reverse is true for them. Maybe some of you homophobes that scream that it is a choice wake up each morning having to make a conscious effort not to be with someone of the same sex in the name of God. But for most of us we are who we are.