It shall be the privilege and duty of every member, who can afford it, to subscribe for the periodicals which are the organs of this Church; and it shall be the duty of the Directors to see that these periodicals are ably edited and kept abreast of the times.
Mary Baker Eddy
—Church Manual, Art. VIII, Sect. 14
Several articles and editorials have been written explaining why homosexuals cannot be admitted to membership. One of these I wrote myself, the title: “Homosexuality Can Be Healed.” All I can say in defense of myself for writing it is that it was based on information I thought was authentic, but which later was disproved … If I were to write another article on the subject now, I would probably entitle it, “We’re ALL God’s Children.”
by Carl J. Welz, C.S.B.
We should not be teaching those bigoted, outdated articles against the LGBT community which are posted on JSH Online. So many parents expressed how those articles destroyed their youth’s self esteem at the 2014 Midwest Church Alive Conference. I honestly believe Mrs. Eddy would respond to those authors by saying: “Not in my name!”
Perhaps somebody will have the moral courage to write an article neutralizing the harmful effects of those anti-gay articles to keep CS abreast of the times. The CSMonitor reported last week that “the CDC quantifies violence against gay youth: Could this awareness spur change?”
How about starting right now, CSPS, by being the change and either removing those antigay articles which have been proven harmful to LGBT youth or writing something positive regarding marriage equality to stay abreast of the times? Christian Scientists aren’t stuck in the past.
I didn’t need a study to confirm how harmful those articles can be as I am living proof after my parents mailed them to me in the past without my consent. But I am still standing after incredible heartache and self harm behavior contributed by those articles and similar antigay messages during class instruction.
I am saddened by all those who had to suffer in silence. I was once one of them and regret it. We need to give a voice to the voiceless like so many others who got us to the right side of history. “Divine love has met and always will meet every human need.”
As Elie Wiesel once stated: “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” he said. “Sometimes we must interfere.”