Supporters of Barack Obama have been spreading more nasty lies about the church that Sarah Palin attends. Among many other lies, they have said that her church sponsors anti-gay prayer events. Greta Van Susteren this week spent some time talking to Pastor Larry Kroon (left), the pastor of the church Palin attends. He set the record straight about these nasty rumors that his church hosts “Pray away the gay” events.
He said they do not have anti-gay or “pray away the gay” prayers of any kind; it is Focus on the Family that is hosting an event like that in Alaska. He said Focus on the Family is completely separate from them and they don’t have a part of it. He said they mentioned the event in their newsletter, but they are not sponsoring it or part of it.
Focus on the Family IS a nasty anti-gay group, but their name, and the name of the conference, "Love Won Out," are terribly misleading, and my guess is Kroon had no idea he was posting something that was so anti-gay when he probably thought it was loving and pro-family. The newsletter said, "You'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality." That sounds affirming, not damning; it sounds like they are reaching out to families to help them deal with gay family members (which many people need help with), not "cure" gay people. Unfortunately, those are the misleading tactics of Focus on the Family; but they're not the tactics of Palin's church!
He also has some caring, open-minded thoughts about gay people . . .
Kroon: When the subject of homosexuality comes up, people that matter to me come to mind. And over the past year, I’ve had different people in our congregation speak of homosexuals in ways that I did not want to hear people speak.
Kroon: I would say not with understanding, and without any sense of the dynamics of same-sex attraction and all those types of things, and I felt like there was not a good understanding, and I don’t think there was an appropriate use of terminology. This was not in the church setting, this was outside the church. … Two individuals who are within the Christian faith, they wrestle with same-sex attraction and their Christian commitment. These people were real, they were not a dog-and-pony show or something like that, like they’ve been called. These people were real, and I wanted my people if at all possible to hear somebody in their tone and their manor, because I don’t think the church has done a very good job of speaking to this issue in a gracious tone and manor.