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Brave Youth Group Stands Up To Church’s Anti-LGBT Policies By Refusing To Become Members

Several religious organizations are notorious for taking strong stances against the LGBTQ community. The United Methodist Church is no exception to this. In fact, its policies have become so discriminatory that confirmation students at a local United Methodist church are electing not to be confirmed until all rights are observed.

An 8-student confirmation class at First United Methodist in Omaha, Nebraska announced that they have chosen not to become members of the church at this time. Their decision comes after the United Methodist Church as a whole, adopted a formal stance of anti-LGBTQ bigotry.

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Members of the United Methodist religion are currently at a divide as a proposal that would have allowed gay clergy and same-sex marriage was recently denied.

The group of 13 and 14-year-old students made their announcement in front of the Omaha-based congregation on Sunday. Two members of the class took turns reading aloud a letter explaining their decision.

The letter reads:

We have spent the year learning about our faith and clarifying our beliefs. Most of us started the confirmation year assuming that we would join the church at the end, But with the action of the general conference in February, we are disappointed about the direction the United Methodist denomination is heading. We are concerned that if we join at this time, we will be sending a message that we approve of this decision.

We want to be clear that, while we love our congregation, we believe that the United Methodist policies on LGBTQ+ clergy and same-sex marriage are immoral. Depending on how this church responds to the general conference action, we will decide at a later time whether or not to become officially confirmed.

But until then, we will continue to stand up against the unjust actions that the denomination is taking. We are not standing just for ourselves, we are standing for every single member of the LGBTQ+ community who is hurting right now, Because we were raised in this church, we believe that if we all stand together as a whole, we can make a difference.

According to the original post, the church gave the young students a standing ovation in support of their decision.

And commenters praised the teens for taking a stand.

h/t: Twitter, Friendly Athiest