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    Thumbs Down Church of Sweden to Wed Gay Couples

    Delegates of Sweden's largest church, the Lutheran Church of Sweden, approved a plan Thursday to bless gay marriages, the AFP reported.

    Gay marriage became available in Sweden on May 1 after Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill in April, making it the seventh country to legalize gay marriage.

    A large majority (70%) of the church's synod, or church board, agreed to allow gay couples to marry in its congregations from November 1. Pastors, however, have the discretion to refuse to bless a marriage.

    The Church of Sweden, which was the state church until 2000, is the nation's largest church with 6.8 million members or nearly 75% of Swedes. While the church has blessed civil unions for more than a decade, and supported the effort to legalize gay marriage, some clergy wanted to preserve marriage for heterosexual couples.

    The decision comes on the heels of a controversial vote by U.S. Lutherans to accept partnered gay clergy and a nod to pastors wanting to bless gay unions and marriages. ELCA, the nation's largest Lutheran denomination, voted to adopt the changes in August. Unhappy conservatives have since announced they would explore ways to splinter from the church.

    Likewise, conservative Episcopalians are defecting to more orthodox denominations over similar gay issues, including the blessing of gay marriages. Last week, the Pope said he would embrace disgruntled Anglicans, which include Episcopalians, to the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy Father's offer includes concessions that would allow Anglicans to keep some religious traditions.

    The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL), the nation's largest gay rights advocate, praised the move by the Lutheran Church.

    “[We] congratulate the Church of Sweden for its decision. [The Church's] homosexual and bisexual members will finally be able to feel a little more welcome within society,” the group said in a statement.

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    Most of the historical (meaning mainstream) churches no longer make any pretense to being Christian & only exist to give cultural marxists & their freakish friends something to desecrate. I blame the ordination of women for much of the decline of Christian churches. Women who are attracted to the ministry do not do so for any desire to pastor Christianity but out of a militant feminist desire to destroy what they view as a patriarchal institution.

    A question about the 6.8 million Swedes who belong to the Church of Sweden: Do all ethnic Swedes (6.8 million is 75% of Sweden's population) belong to the Church of Sweden unless they have officially joined another church? My understanding is that very few persons actually attend the C of S services, which seems to be the goal of those in charge of the church. I would bet more people attend mosque then church weekly in Sweden.

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    Why doesn't this surprise me...is there actually any sense of tradition and values left in the Socialist States of Sweden?

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    True Muslims are devoted to their Beliefs, unlike westerners who would rather push Marxism. Sweden is basically a completely Trotskite State, beyond even the wet dreams of Trotsky himself, and a completely degenerate society. If it were not for the racial mixing, the Muslim takeover would actually be a blessing.

    Sweden is what you get when women run a country. Sorry to say.

    No Offence to any swedes, that is just the truth.

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    We don't really have women running our country, not more than most other countries anyway. The problem is not in the sex, race, or anything else. White Christian middle-aged men are as much a problem as any woman who is in power right now.

    And yes, everyone that is born in Sweden to members of the CoS become members, and remain that unless they leave. Most Swedes simply stay in Church to have free access to weddings, funreals etc but otherwise they would have left probably.

    Anyway, I don't care what the CoS does and does not do, it is not my religous affiliation anyway. So this news about homo-marriage doesn't concern me anymore than if some sect in Africa would allow homo-marriage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EQ Fighter
    the Muslim takeover would actually be a blessing.
    Any plans for the conversion already?

    Maybe you can germanise islam a bit and make it a blessing to your people? Such a bullshit and actually hostile to Germanics nonsense
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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    A question about the 6.8 million Swedes who belong to the Church of Sweden: Do all ethnic Swedes (6.8 million is 75% of Sweden's population) belong to the Church of Sweden unless they have officially joined another church?
    Since the separation of church and state in 2000 only those whose parents choose to baptize them become members of the church whereas before that everyone became a member by birth.

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    Any plans for the conversion already?
    LOL!
    Well I already have an AK-47.
    So I guess all I need now is a copy of the Koran and a white sheet, to tie around my head, and ill be in business.
    LOL!

    But then again I don’t think I will have to worry about Muslims in Texas anytime soon, do you.

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    We don't really have women running our country, not more than most other countries anyway. The problem is not in the sex, race, or anything else. White Christian middle-aged men are as much a problem as any woman who is in power right now.
    Well I don’t really like to judge a nation of people by their government, which is almost always composed of the worst that any nation has to offer. But it really does appear from the out side that Sweden is a Jewel of socialist contradictions.

    But I will grant you, mangina white metrosexual males are for the most part, far worse even than feminist when it comes to enacting ridiculous laws. But the bottom line is irrational leftism, is still irrational leftism, and will destroy any country that embraces it if given time and a chance.

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