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Why conservative Christians flock to a Chicago gay bar
September 26, 2011
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Can one man build effective bridges between evangelical Christians and Chicago's gay community?

'That is the hope of Andrew Marin - who has spent the last decade living in Boystown, Chicago's officially-designated neighbourhood for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) residents.

He works to try and bring Christians and gay people together in open conversation about sexuality and spirituality - and that includes running a large-scale meeting four times a year at Roscoe's, one of America's most famous gay bars.

That is no small achievement in a culture where openly gay people and evangelical Christians have long viewed each other with suspicion.

But Andrew Marin's determination to bring polarised opposites together in dialogue has grown in ways he never imagined.

From small beginnings 10 years ago, he now takes his message around the world and has worked with governments as well as churches.

He is fast becoming a well-known figure in the United States, and has collaborated with one of the country's largest Christian publishers to produce a course for churches wishing to address questions about sexuality.

His main concern is to build trust between unlikely conversation partners.

He believes that too many Christians don't understand the complexity of the small number of Bible verses that mention homosexuality - he also thinks that gay people are often too quick to dismiss Christianity.'

http://www.bbc.co.uk...gazine-15034651

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September 26, 2011
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cool
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Willie Wonka quotes..
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Why? Are you having fun?
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September 26, 2011
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I find this very interesting.

September 26, 2011
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me too...I find it hopeful
I dislike intolerance in all it's forms

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

September 27, 2011
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"bionic" wrote: me too...I find it hopeful
I dislike intolerance in all it's forms

I dislike your intolerance of intolerance.

"it is easy to grow crazy"

September 27, 2011
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the only thing I can't tolerate is intolerance
that's very oroboros

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

September 27, 2011
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hehe

How can you defeat that which finds
Nourishment in your attack?
How can you kill that which
Finds sanctuary in your blade?
How can you hinder that which
Embraces the strategies against it?

"it is easy to grow crazy"

September 27, 2011
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nanny, nanny, foo, foo

"all this negative energy just makes me stronger"

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Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

September 27, 2011
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I have successfully resurrected the laptop hehe

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