The following is a response to Dave Mauch’s letter to the editor from a member of the LGBTQI community who went to Grace Community Fellowship church:
“It looks like I have some things to share here. I am gay, open about it and I grew up in Grace Ministries International. Honestly, there are few people in the LGBTQIA+ that can’t hold a civilized conversation about Jesus, the Bible, family, and etc.
“1. The ‘Death’ we are talking about is spiritual death. No one from Grace wants you to die after living a full life and be sent to hell. If you don’t like this church or their beliefs… go elsewhere. It’s not that hard.
“2. My family and many of my friends go to Grace, and let me tell you… These people want what’s best for you. They will not force anything on you. If you ask for help, they offer options, you seek it out, and let God do the rest, then dang… good for you! If you don’t like what they are offering, you can go and find additional resources.
“3. Every time I come home… GMI is my family, they taught me some of my most valuable lessons in life. They gave me chances, they helped in my healing in a lot of other places in my heart. I would not be who I am today with out GMI.
“4. Yes, I am gay. Yes I know they don’t support the LGBTQIA+ community but they are my family whether they like it or not. I have had so many break throughs because of the community and support in GMI and the love they have for the people.
“5. No matter what your “hang up” is, even if it is not one to you, I dare you to go to a service at GCF and experience it. It’s a great time.
“I live in NYC and found a church here but I will say… spreading hate on this church, the people who grew up in this church, their jobs, and their livelihoods is just flat out wrong. I might not believe in all of the things, I might have a difference stance but I can tell you… these people are mighty fine people. They will pray for you, listen with you, cry with you, lift you up for no reason at all. All of us have the right to defend for what we believe. Let’s focus on what unites us right now. It’s been a hard year y’all… let’s get along. #America
“I can see I’ll most likely get backlash from some of the LGBTQIA+ community for this but whatever.” — Dallas Gonzales
The allegations presented by Dave Mauch in this opinion piece are categorically false. But this is so typical of so-called “social justice warriors” whose hostility to free speech and thought is not an unfortunate byproduct of the movement but it’s very essence.
You can be welcoming and respectful toward LGBTQI people yet still be branded a bigot if you don’t agree with the lifestyle — even if you keep that opinion to yourself, allowing others to live as they please. This speech and culture policing are a malignant Totalitarian doctrine.
Austin, Texas (formerly Wharton, Texas)
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