Target: Reverend Frank Schaefer
Goal: Provide support to pastor who was punished for marrying his son, just because of his son’s sexual orientation.
Reverend Frank Schaefer, pastor of the Zion United Methodist church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania was recently punished for performing his son’s marriage in 2007 because his son was gay. He was tried and found guilty for violating church law and being disobedient.
Schaefer admits that he was unsure about whether or not to perform the same-sex marriage, but decided to do it out of love for his son. He made a respectable and morally correct decision, but now he is facing the possibility of suspension, or being forced to revoke his position.
Although it is against church law, it is unfair that Schaefer be punished for performing his own son’s marriage. That is something he should have the privilege to do. Christian teachings stress family loyalty and compassion much more strongly than anti-gay ideas, and denying this man the right to perform his son’s marriage is directly violating these teachings.
Schaefer does not deserve to feel guilty for wanting to perform his son’s marriage. It is a shame that the people of his church could not accept his decision and make an exception to church rule.
Schaefer deserves justice for his unfit punishments. Please sign the petition below to show support and encouragement for this pastor’s decision to perform his son’s marriage.
Dear Reverend Frank Schaefer,
We are writing you to show our support for your recent decision to perform your son’s same-sex marriage. I am sure you have many people making you feel that you made the wrong choice, and the consequential punishments for your actions may also make you feel as though you made a mistake. However, there are many people who believe you did the right thing.
Even though you broke church law, this situation should have been excused. In some cases, Christian values such as family loyalty and love should override doctrines about homosexuality. Your church should have been accepting of the fact that you wanted to be the one to perform your son’s marriage. If they are not okay with your action, you should be in a more accepting environment.
We hope that everything works out for you and encourage you to maintain your fair and loving morals.
[Your Name Here]
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