Many people on the 'no' side seem to be forgetting how Christianity has changed throughout history. When I bring up the bigotry promoted by the Bible in a religion debate with religious people, they tell me I am citing old versus from the Old Testament, which is not followed, however in the /New/ Testament, that is the outline of the Christian faith. Following through with that logic, and following that content of such, we can perfectly clearly see what a Christian is supposed to look like based on the actions of the "son of god", Jesus Christ, whom the Christians follow [hence the 'christ' part].
Jesus appears to be a Communist-esque, anti-rich "let's love one another", down-to-earth guy who just wants people to be happy and peaceful, to judge only ourselves and not one another. Which should be the substance of the religion since it has shifted gears.
It is constantly changing and evolving, so belief can change. People redefine the bible, things change subtly over time and what was the norm even ten years ago isn't in the next year. If people still took the bible word for word then we'd be in a much more sorry state than we are now.
Everyone sins. The only way to receive forgiveness is to pray and ask Jesus for forgiveness. Who cares what sins those people commit? I don't. All I know is the current stance of most of the Christian community is one of hatred and intolerance - things that Jesus never stood for. This hatred and intolerance is dooming the souls of your fellow country(wo)men. The way for you to save more people is to be more inclusive and accepting of others. Can you put down your pride and follow Jesus?
It is true that the Bible says that being gay is a sin. However, it goes on to say many things are sinful, including lusting a women out of marriage. Jesus is very clear that we are to never lust a women who is not our wife. How many guys do you know who have never broken that law of God? The Bible lists many many sins, all of which we have all committed and still to this day commit. In fact, everyone breaks the law of God all the time and pastors are no exception. Can you really claim that one sin is greater than another? God says that if you have broken His law, you are worthy of death. You are a sinner and the wages of sin is death. Therefore pastors everywhere do not hold up the law of God. A homosexual pastor is just as sinful as a heterosexual pastor because in both cases, they are human and are sinners and are in need of God's grace.
The headline "can we really force someone not to do something based on their religious beliefs" is a spoof of the common argument against same sex marriage, and I think we can say that if you believe that a church has to right to tell a homosexual that they can't marry because it is against your religion and your religion is protected under the 1st amendment, then his\her right to lead a church should be protected under the 1st amendment as well.
Any man or woman have the right of religion, and if he wishes to become the pastor or is the pastor he has the complete legal right to do so within the constitution. Just because yours or others morals dislike it doesn't mean he shouldn't be allowed to lead a church
The gay church pastor, the shepherd of the flock and follower of the Bible, is meeting with a church member to discuss this person's infidelity to their spouse. The gay pastor references Scripture that being unfaithful to your spouse is against God's will and is a sin. As that church member... During this meeting while sitting in front of the gay pastor's desk in his office looking at all his desk pictures of him and his partner...One obvious comment would be on my mind the entire time this gay pastor was rebuking my behavior with Bible teachings. "Uh pastor? As the leader and as a Christian example to the church, have you read the "entire" Bible"?
Now I can talk about Christendom. Samelustdom, or homosexuality, was not made by God nor has God said that it was good. A Shepherd is to be a good leader to his church and by him being a sameluster, or gay, he is breaking God's Word and should not be leading a church for he would lead a church into evil.
Pastors are supposed to know the word of God more than anyone else in the church. They should obviously know that God didn't create a man to be with man, but for man to be with a woman. As pastors, they should know how God made him to be and follow His will.
If the pastor is an openly gay person, then he committing many sins. He shouldn't be allowed to be a pastor whether the government likes it or not. The government is always telling the religious to keep religion out of itself. So why is the government no trying to get nosy and bother us.
How is a gay pastor going to preach the message of God? The job of a pastor is to lead a church in to a place where God would look in favor. Think about new believers in Christ. How confused are they going to be when they have a pastor who gives a sermon that is against homosexuality, but is a homosexual himself. That pastor would have no credibility.