WASHINGTON - Harry Knox, director of HRC's Religion and Faith Program, made the following statement after reports that the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater New Orleans was forced to find a new home. The archdiocese refused to allow the church to continue holding its services there due to the church's support of marriage equality.
"Faith is about unity and harmony. Regardless of how different our beliefs may be, we should all be able to stand in the same space and hear each other out. Dialogue should be welcomed, not shunned.
"It's deeply disheartening that the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater New Orleans is now searching for a new home. By shutting the door on such an open and affirming church, the archdiocese is sending the message that its door is closed to diverse audiences. There is real concern that those who the church has helped through Project Lazarus will turn away from this important service because they don't feel welcome.
"That this decision seemed based more in politics than in the biblical tradition of finding love and compassion for all is disturbing. It is my deep hope that the archdiocese can see that God's love is not about shutting people out, but welcoming all into the fold."
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