LCA President Rev Mike Semmler And *Disgusting Copulations*

A post on homosexuality, LGBT, lesbian and gay stuff and the Lutheran Church of Australia

This is the second post calling for the president of the LCA to apologise for his offensive and deeply hurtful statements about the LGBT members of his Church. You can read part one here.

(Apologies for the loss of my * key. I have replaced it with a * . You get what I mean…)

Each year the Lutheran Church of Australia’s General President has a chance to address the clergy under his care through his report to the various District Pastors* Conferences.

Of all the important matters that our church faces…

-The worrying decline in membership

-The problems experienced by LCA members in flood ravaged areas.

-The growth of poverty and homelessness in our once lucky country,

-The plight of the refugees- the unjustly imprisoned.

Of all the important matters facing our church, what did he open his speech with? Yep. You guessed it.

-The GAY!

Eric and Eugene met in 1953. This year marks  the 60th anniversary of their love.

Eric and Eugene met in 1953. This year marks the 60th anniversary of their love.

After his greeting, Rev Semmler opened fire with both barrels.

Homosexuality: (Romans 1:26-28) The Scriptures do not provide psychological reasons for this state. Same sex people are not created to copulate with each other. It should not surprise us as Christians that something has gone wrong with creation.

The practice did no favours for Greek civilisation around Paul’s time. But the Romans to whom he wrote, could take no consolation that they viewed the practice with disgust. Society always suffers and is undermined not just by homosexuality, but by ‘envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness’

Ok, leaving aside that he has likened my homosexual friend to a deceitful, malicious murderer…

What I really want to focus on is Rev Semmlers  use of the word *copulate* together with his comment that the ancient Romans *viewed homosexual practice with disgust*.

Lets think about that for a moment. The President is talking to pastors, some of whom are gay and his first thought is for their disgusting copulations.

Interesting.

Jim Nabors singer and actor famous for his role as Gomer Pyle in the 1960s sitcom married  Sten Cadwallader, his partner of 38 years, in January this year.

Jim Nabors singer and actor famous for his role as Gomer Pyle in the 1960s sitcom married Sten Cadwallader, his partner of 38 years, in January this year.

A gay friend of mine told me of her frustration that so many of her work colleagues upon finding out that she is gay suddenly think its OK to question her about her sex life.

I mean, how do you guys do it?

Whats WITH that? Why do people think that it  is ok to ask such questions? The bedroom doors of most couples remain appropriately closed. It is impolite to say the least to play the voyeur and peer in on their privacy.

Larry and Randy have been together 11 years. They registered for marriage as soon as the new laws were passed in Washington State in December last year.

Larry and Randy have been together 11 years. They registered for marriage as soon as the new laws were passed in Washington State in December last year.

It seems that some individuals have a  disturbing capacity to ignore  the real relationships of real people and focus on their *sexual practice*. They ignore the faces and think of  the genitalia (1).

I admit that I cant categorically confirm that the LCA President is particularly fixated on the genitalia of his gay constituents. But with the mention of disgusting copulations in his Presidential address he certainly seems to have opened the bedroom door and peered inside.

Does that mean we now have license to speculate on HIS  copulations and whether or not we consider them disgusting?

No! I am not going to take you there.

That is NOT a decent and reasonable way to talk about other people*s relationships.

That is something else.

It has a name.

It is the name given to a person who focuses on the  sex act itself,  isolating it from the complete humanity of the real people who are engaged in the act. It is the name given to people who portray the activity of sex removed from its proper context of  loving relationships.

Its name is pornographer.

Jane and Pete register for their marriage license. they have been waiting 35 years for this day

Jane and Pete register for their marriage license. They have been waiting 35 years for this day

Rev Semmler, I don’t wish to be a pornographer. I acknowledge that what you do in your bedroom is your own business.  My only concern, indeed, the church’s only concern should be for the things that help make your relationship as loving and committed and wonderful as possible.

I don’t know how long you and your wife  have been together but… can we, the Church,  help you celebrate your next milestone? Is it your 40th? 50th? Can we buy you a present to mark the occasion. Perhaps we, the Church, can pray for you, that God continue to bless your relationship just as we  did on your wedding day.

These are  things that should be said. This is healthy and productive talk worthy of the people of God.

Your disgusting copulations comments is not.

Its time for you to engage in some healthy and productive talk that is worthy of your office.

Its time for you to apologise to the gay members of your church and the gay pastors under you care.

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(1) Psychologist, sociologists and theologians are divided on whether this tendency is a result of childhood sexual abuse or trauma, incorrect parenting or whether someone is born with a particular tendency toward genital fixation. All agree however that some form of reparative therapy can be helpful. (Big Smiley Face)