UPDATE: November 19, 2012: I received word from Rev. Bentancourt that the Margaretville Interfaith Council UNANIMOUSLY accepted the membership of Holy Innocents Church into the Margaretville faith community. Equality and fairness has won! Thanks to everyone who made calls and sent e-mails in support of Holy Innocents Church.
An instance of religious bigotry and discrimination has come to my attention that I cannot keep silent about.
The Margaretville Interfaith Council is not allowing membership to Holy Innocents Catholic Church, an Apostolic Catholic Church independent from Papal Authority, primarily because of its acceptance of queer folks and marrying them. The council is concerned that other churches will leave the council if “the gay church” is allowed to join. Holy Innocents Church does a lot of good things in the greater Margaretville area and it’s a real travesty that the Interfaith Council sees fit to discriminate against this church, a fellow Christian Church helping people in need and ministering to them.
Here’s a link to Holy Innocents and check out for yourself what great church they are:
If you want to help in battling discrimination in this small Delaware County village, contact Francisco J. Betancourt, Co-Pastor, at 845.586.2201. Tell him you heard about his plight from Diversity Rules Magazine and you want to know how you can help!
If you want to express your outrage directly to the Interfaith Council the contact person is, Rev. Richard Dykstra, Secretary/Treasurer. His contact information is as follows:
Rev. Richard Dykstra
PO Box 702
Margaretville, NY 12455
Demand that the Interfaith Council stop its discrimination of “the gay church” and allow membership into the greater Margaretville Christian community.