Coffs reacts to festival protests

THERE has been an extraordinary reaction to our front page story yesterday about an email sent by a member of the LifeHouse Church congregation.

In it, Steve Slater appealed to the church’s members on the database to protest against the upcoming CoastOut gay and lesbian festival to be held in October at Park Beach.

The correspondence – the result of six churchgoers taking a stance – describes the event as ‘abhorrent’.

Senior church leaders say they will be investigating the matter while Mr Slater, meanwhile, stands by his letter.

“I admit I sent the emails you are now in possession of,” Mr Slater told The Advocate.

“But I sent them as merely a member of the congregation and not on behalf of the LifeHouse Church,” he added.

Mr Slater said he used the church’s computer because he wanted to reach all members of the congregation.

The email goes on to say: “By allowing this event, the council, councillors and promoters are condoning, to our community and our children, homosexuality, same-sex sexual relationships and the promiscuity that is, unfortunately, such a part of a homosexual lifestyle.” Mr Slater was aware there would be repercussions.



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