Falwell, Homosexuals Hold Anti-Violence Forum
(CNSNew.com) - In an attempt to reduce violence directed at various religious and ethnic groups, as well as homosexuals, the Reverend Jerry Falwell met with homosexual religious leaders Saturday to discuss ways to improve understanding between them.
"We are here because innocent people of various faiths, racial and ethnic groups, and sexual preferences have increasingly had their lives abruptly and violently ended by people with opposing views," said Falwell to a crowd of 200 evangelical Christians and 200 homosexuals and lesbians participating in the forum at Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
Falwell said that he still believes that homosexuality is a sin, but he hopes to create a greater understanding between all Christians.
"I've been a preacher for 47 years, a preacher of the Gospel. But in the end, homosexuality is wrong," said Falwell. "It is my hope that evangelicals might build a bridge of friendship to gays and lesbians as we have to alcoholics and unwed mothers."
The Rev. Mel White, a homosexual minister with Metropolitan Community Churches, led the homosexuals. White has known Falwell for many years and once helped Falwell write his autobiography.
"This is the first step in our journey towards reconciliation," said White during a prayer vigil for the victims of hate violence.
During the conference, homosexual and non-homosexual Christians were paired up to get to know each other and discuss ways to deter violence.