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RELIGION: Issue was no petty ‘spat’

Letter by Joan E. Hays, University Place on April 27, 2012 at 11:03 am | 30 Comments »
April 27, 2012 1:01 pm

I strongly object to the headline “Presbytery dismisses 4 churches in gay spat” that appeared on the front page of The News Tribune (4-27).

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines “spat” as “a petty quarrel, or dispute.” The decisions by the four churches that decided to leave the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Presbytery of Olympia that released them, were thoughtfully and prayerfully made, as well as a long time in coming.

As was indicated in the article, but not in the headline, the issue is more than having to do with the participation of gays. The decision to remain with the Presbyterian Church USA or not cannot be considered an inconsequential “spat.”

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