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Fri., April 18, 2014, 8:17 a.m.

Evangelicalism Shouldn’t Close Hearts

If you think you understand “the” evangelical Christian perspective on gay marriage, you might want to read a letter Julia Stronks wrote and hundreds of people signed. Stronks, a political science professor at Whitworth University, was disappointed last month when World Vision, the Christian international charity based in Seattle, retreated from a new, welcoming attitude toward hiring married, gay Christians. World Vision first announced it would hire such couples – and then reversed course immediately, after an outpouring of complaints. Some 10,000 child sponsorships were withdrawn. Helping impoverished children loses its charitable luster, apparently, if some of a charity’s gay employees are married. Stronks, an evangelical Christian who was elated by the initial announcement, went from exhilaration to dismay. “I was crushed,” she said/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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