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April 13, 2014

Community's religious landscape diverse

Some community members explain religious beliefs in informal survey

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Two respondents said they felt forced out of the church for being gay. One said he/she was harassed and beaten by church members for being gay and could never support a religion that would allow that behavior.

The other said, “I believe God loves everyone. I went to church twice weekly as a child. I don't go to church now because I don't feel welcome because I'm gay. I believe Jesus would be upset about the fact that I don't feel welcome in His house of worship. I am a Christian though I've been told I can't be a Christian if I'm gay… I will pray silently and have my personal relationship with Jesus and God though they don't believe I'm worthy. Why do they preach this hatred though I feel the Holy Spirit in my heart? I KNOW God loves me as much as he loves anybody else. I pray for those who hate me for they know not what they do.”

Several people said they believe in God, they just don’t necessarily believe in religion. One said you don’t have to attend church to worship and believe.

Some described beliefs that drew from multiple religions and had their own interpretations of church teachings.

“I believe the Bible is a book written by the hand of man, therefore open to all of the fallacy of man's interpretation,” one respondent wrote. “I believe in reincarnation and believe you come back again and again until you are good enough to get into the kingdom of heaven. I think everyone that follows their religion as fastidiously as I follow mine will make it into the kingdom of heaven. No ONE religion is ‘right.’ I don't believe God would condemn you to hell for whom you love.”

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