Gay Long Beach pastor Rev. Mel White rails against religious leaders for espousing anti-gay views

The Long Beach Press-Telegram
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January 14, 2013

Rev. Mel White is angry that Pat Robertson, James Dobson and Rick Warren say they are doing the Lord's work and their anti-gay views are based on the Bible. "Leaders of the Christian Right are making a terrible mistake when they misuse the Bible to condemn gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to support their societal prejudice that gays are bad and need to be healed," White said during a special guest sermon Sunday morning at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach. "They are not doing the Lord's work. "It's nothing less than evil to say God doesn't love homosexuals as they are. It's sickening," White continued. "Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have been suffering in fear and guilt and killing themselves because of the hideous things said by the Religious Right." White's comments were well received by the congregation, but he was preaching to the converted. First Congregational is a progressive and LGBT friendly church.