Gay 'delivery' meeting shut down
A CATHOLIC school at Caboolture has banned a Christian group from holding a meeting at its hall after learning it would feature a US speaker 'set free from homosexuality'.
St Columban's College said it had immediately withdrawn permission for the 'Miracle Christian Center' to hold the meeting, saying it was not in line with the 'Catholic Christian ethos of our community'.
The decision has been hailed as a win by the gay rights lobby, who lodged Facebook protests after advertisements for the meeting promoting the visit by Adam Hood, appeared in local papers.
College principal Ann Rebgetz, in a notice on the school's website, said the school was never told of the nature of the meeting.
"Without seeking further approval from the college, the Miracle Christian Center then placed an advertisement in local newspapers, promoting a meeting at which an American speaker would detail how he was "set free from homosexuality" and advising others how this could be done.
"Seeing the advertisement in the newspaper was the first time the college became aware of the true nature of the event, Ms Rebgetz wrote.
"Immediately the college became aware of this, I withdrew permission for the meeting to be held on college property, and notified the organisers that the nature of the meeting was not in line with the college's Christian values.
"We had acted in good faith, agreeing to provide a venue for a self-proclaimed Christian group, which deliberately withheld from the school the real nature of the event.
"St Columban’s College is a caring, inclusive community, and we will not allow our facilities to be used by those seeking to promote views which are not in line with the Catholic Christian ethos of our community.
"We are in no way associated with the Miracle Christian Center, do not support its views, and will not allow the group to use our facilities.
"Executive Director of Catholic Education, David Hutton, said the Catholic Church abhors all forms of homophobia and will not provide a venue for homophobes to spout their views.''
The Miracle Christian Center has denied being homophobic or misleading the college about the meeting, saying they did not normally advise what people would be preaching about.
The church group said it had been discriminated against and the case was now with its lawyers.
The church said it had ministered to homosexuals for years while some of its members had come out of that lifestyle.
Same Same, which promotes itself as Australia's number one gay and lesbian lifestyle website, described Mr Hood as a "flamboyant San Francisco man who provoked ridicule when he told his “back into the closet” story on YouTube last year''.
"When Adam Hood found Jesus a few years ago, he says he left his sex-and-drug-fuelled “gay celebrity” life behind and ditched his boyfriend. He now “lives a strong Christian life with his wife and family.”
"The Miracle Christian Center is advertising his upcoming shows in Victoria and Queensland as “a straight man who used to be homosexual,” the website said.
“Can a homosexual be free from same sex thoughts, attractions and feelings?” the ad asks. “Adam Hood says ‘yes’, so come and hear Adam tell his story of how he was set free from homosexuality.”
"The neckerchief-wearing ‘ex-gay’ told his unbelievable story on video last June,'' the website said.
"Our favourite bit is at 6:00 – “I remember on our wedding night, when we finally consummated our marriage, I literally screamed at the top of my lungs – JESUUUUSSSS! Like, I was so happy! He delivered me, you know? I love women! And I love my wife’s body! And I love her physically, and it’s holy!”