I would like to comment on quotes attributed to me in a March 2 article about the city anti- discrimination ordinance.
The article quoted me as saying, “Such legislation will hurt religious business owners who don’t want to serve people who are gay or lesbian.” But if I had a restaurant and two men came in, how would I know if they were gay or straight? Of course I would serve them. What I meant was that a person who has a business should not be forced to hire a homosexual to work in his or her business, and a Christian who owns a printing company should not be forced to print immoral literature for homosexuals.
The article stated, “Kanduch said she doesn’t believe members of the LGBT community worship alongside her.” My church is very small. Members know each other well and, as Christians, help one another to live in a way that God approves and to avoid behavior that God disapproves. No member in my church, that I am aware of, is practicing homosexuality because, if someone were, we would follow the Biblical pattern of discipline and counseling for dealing with someone who is actively sinning.
The other quote was, “If they (homosexuals) are going to church then they are disobedient to God.” I told the reporter that homosexual sin is not the only sin God hates: adultery, fornication, lying, stealing and pride, among a host of others. I did not mean going to church makes a homosexual disobedient to God. It is a person’s immoral behavior that makes him disobedient to God. Every one of us who attends church should be actively trying to live in a way that pleases God, not use church as a cover or excuse to engage in acts that the Bible states are wrong.
Patti Kanduch, state director for Concerned Women for America of Montana, Philipsburg