Potter County Tea Party & Free Methodist Church call for phone-in protest tomorrow
COUDERSPORT – A movie titled ‘Out In The Silence’ is slated to be shown at the Coudersport public library on Wednesday, July 28 at 6:30 pm.
The WPSU website says this about the film,
Out in the Silence is more than a movie, it’s part of the movement for fairness, equality and human rights for GLBT people. Following the story of a small American town confronting a firestorm of controversy ignited by a same-sex wedding announcement in the local newspaper, this gripping documentary will challenge you to rethink your values and help close the gaps that divide our communities.
The film, which promotes Homosexual, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender equality, has sparked a protest by the Free Methodist Church and leaders of the Potter County Tea Party.
Producers and promoters of the show say it engages the audience and opens a dialog for communities to begin embracing the GLBT lifestyle, but the Coudersport Free Methodist Church says the film promotes the destruction of Marriage and the American Family.
Pastor Pete Tremblay said in an email that the film specifically targets Evangelical Christians because, “The main character is ‘an Evangelical Pastor’ who has a conflict with his wife concerning the sexual sin of their son. The wife is depicted as the tolerant one, and the pastor as intolerant until he ‘examines his deeply held beliefs’. The purpose is a ‘challenge to rethink your convictions’. In other words, it is a movie designed to get people to give up their convictions based on the word of God and accept these practices as equivalent to God’s design for human sexuality. It is propaganda”.
Pastor Tremblay requested that people, “call the library…and in a Christian manner inform them that this event is not a benefit to our community, and ask that it be canceled.”
He went on to say that questions need to be raised as to why such ‘propaganda’ is being promoted by tax dollars and shown at a public institution.
George Brown, acting President of the Potter County Tea Party says he believes in tolerance, but does not support changing the law in regards to marriage.
Brown also said, “The group supporting this event should pay for a private location as we are expected to do in promotion of our agendas. Churches would not be allowed to show a “Pro-Jesus” and “Gospel” message in the Library because of supposed “separation of church and state”. Yet we can be attacked for our beliefs at a public library we support with our tax money. This is wrong and cannot be tolerated.”
Brown went on to say that action against the public library may be necessary:
Should this agenda be continued, we may need to ask if the Library should be defunded. Right now $1.5 million of local taxes goes to support the Coudersport Library as well as state taxes. Do you want your taxes supporting [this] political agenda…
Both the Potter County Tea Party and the Free Methodist Church have called upon constituents to peacefully phone-in protests to the showing of the movie.
Brown says they intend to make contact with the library and will be ‘kind’ and ‘tolerant’, but ‘firm’ in their opposition to the movie.
Regardless of which position you take on the screening of the film, one thing seems certain; the film will likely stir up controversy, pit neighbor against neighbor, and be heatedly debated for some time to come. Perhaps this is what promoters of the show mean by ‘engaging’.
Whatever your opinion, you can voice it by contacting the Coudersport Public Library Board President, Jane Metzger, at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the library at email@example.com, or by calling 814-274-9382.