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Readers explore sexuality report

Is the dialogue deepening?

Statistics make the world go around: graphs, polls, pie charts, etc. Sports announcers continually note statistics. Reports are dotted with percentages. Page 25 and following of the report and recommendations released by the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality contains statistics, percentages and lists. It’s odd that The Lutheran didn’t follow the trend set by the task force. About 75 percent of the comments (March, page 22) in the magazine stated the pro side of the homosexuality issue. The task force reported that 56.2 percent of all individual responses opposed the blessing and rostering of homosexuals. It’s obvious that the ELCA hierarchy and The Lutheran are pushing the lifestyle of homosexuality, and this report leaves plenty of holes for them to further advance their agenda. Is anyone in the hierarchy listening to the people?

Cheryl Hegvik
Litchville, N.D.


I’m really disappointed about the results of the task force study and the responses printed in your magazine. We are Lutherans today because Martin Luther made a stand. The least we could do is follow in his footsteps. Whether I agree with the stand taken or not, as long as there was a defensible rationale at least I would know where the ELCA is coming from. Once again, the ELCA has shown that its favorite liturgical color is plaid.

John Kulma
Mentor, Ohio


When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the ELCA at the left. Then the king will say to the ELCA, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire ....” Then the ELCA will answer, “Lord, bless us. We forgot you not, but first we had to make momentous decisions—decisions about the ordination of gays and lesbians, decisions about blessing gay and lesbian unions.” And Jesus wept.

Robert A. Haaf
Toledo, Ohio

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