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Carmi Pride Parade Planned for Weekend

Folks in the area have seen several planned or impromptu “Trump parades” over the last few weeks and months, both on the roads and on the water.  A different kind of parade is coming to Carmi this weekend however.  Born just a week ago, a 20 year old Carmi woman has created and is receiving what she calls a surprising amount of support for the event.  A Carmi Pride parade will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th.

Christine Hunter, the young lady behind the event created a facebook group on October 10th and she says she was not expecting the amount of interest it’s received.  As of Friday morning, Carmi Pride has more than 580 members and more than 100 people are expected to take part in the ride around town.

Hunter describes the social media platform private group as an all inclusive one aimed at showing support, appreciation, and love for the LGBTQ+ community.  The young group has already created it’s share of controversy however with most of it taking place on the social network.  Some have claimed it’s an anti-Trump rally and in it’s infancy at least one Carmi woman opposed showed up to Hunter’s place of employment to air her grievances.  The controversy even spilled over onto other facebook pages at one point.

Hunter says “everyone is and always has been welcome [in the group].  You are free to support whoever you like – that’s the beauty of freedom – but there will be no talk of supporting political candidates who vote against us or try to strip us of rights in this group.  It’s a loving, judgement free zone.”

Originally, the group planned to meet at the former Rural King parking lot in Carmi, but as talk of the event grew, so did concern over whether that was an acceptable location to gather.  Being private property, Hunter decided to move the rally point to a public park.

Those participating are expected to gather both Saturday and Sunday to begin their loops around town at 5pm.  We’ll have more on the event in a recap early next week.

46 comments
  1. Concerned
    Concerned
    October 16, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Good deal…
    They say it’s for everyone but, people cannot express political preference, if that opponent goes against their beliefs. What does this exactly mean? Sounds like it’s not for everyone.

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    • Christine Hunter
      Christine Hunter
      October 16, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Concerned, it’s just a decency. Although EVERYONE is welcome, this parade isn’t *for* everyone. It is for the LGBTQ+ community. The republican platform stands for keeping marriage between man and woman — it is inherently against LGBTQ+ people. Cheering for a political candidate that pushes laws and policies that may harm the LGBTQ+ community, at a pride parade meant to uplift that very community, would be found disrespectful and distasteful by many. I hope that made sense and possibly clarified it for you!

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      • Rodger Sherwood
        Rodger Sherwood
        October 16, 2020 at 1:10 pm

        Ok, so “miss high and mighty”. Perhaps you might justify why you stood out in with your dyed hair and flipped off people in a Trump parade recently in Carmi? Pretty disrespectful and honestly you helped your employer lose a lot of business. Way to go.

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      • Rodger Sherwood
        Rodger Sherwood
        October 16, 2020 at 1:13 pm

        You are clueless. Sounds like you need to start listening to conservative radio to learn the other side and truth. Your behavior and outspoken agenda is certainly in the minority for this country and you are doing a lot of damage to your cause by your pushiness and immoral ideas you seem to like to force on everyone. I think you are immature and will one day regret your mouthiness and flipping people off in public.

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        • Christine Hunter
          Christine Hunter
          October 16, 2020 at 2:31 pm

          I have never in my life been to a trump parade, and I REALLY wish I knew where this rumor started. I have been at work during every single one, besides the last one, during which I was at home. I don’t think I treated you with any disrespect, so I’m not sure why you’re coming at me sideways.

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  2. DAVY MILLER
    DAVY MILLER
    October 16, 2020 at 8:57 am

    The times are changing . As people stray farther from the word of GOD , this is what you get .

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  3. "Proud" True Christian
    "Proud" True Christian
    October 16, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Yes, thank God times are changing… and people like myself can be “proud” of who they are as God has created in his own image…. however people don’t change. “Christians” who are judgemental…. are not Christians, and are therefor NOT Christ like!!! My bible says “Judge not lest ye be judged”…. I will leave it up to God to be the Supreme Judge… your vote don’t matter and does NOT affect my life, thank God !!!

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    • Mike Mehaffey
      Mike Mehaffey
      October 16, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      The Bible also says a man shall lie down with another man! I’m not judging them. The Bible says it’s wrong. You justify it to yourself.

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      • Rodger Sherwood
        Rodger Sherwood
        October 16, 2020 at 1:08 pm

        They don’t want to. Their agenda is to disrupt our lives as much as possible. All a big show for their entertainment. If they wanted to really help someone volunteer to help feed the homeless and do something worthwhile. By the way the organizer stood out when the Trump parade passed by and flipped off the people so everyone could see. She certainly has “problems” of her own.

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      • E
        E
        October 16, 2020 at 10:16 pm

        The Bible also says in Leviticus 20:9 ““Anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death. Such a person is guilty of a capital offense.”
        ‭‭So by that logic, myself and even you, I assume, deserves death. Should we call the police or can this matter be handled in house? Exodus 21:7 says that a father can sell his daughter into slavery and won’t be freed until after 6 years. Interesting verse. With the economic climate the way it is this may be a good financial option for some families. Exodus 35:2 days that anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death. I sure hope you’ve never done any chores on a Sunday.

        You cannot cherry pick which verses you wish to follow. Either adhere to ALL laws as set out by God or shut up.

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      • Jason Bowles
        Jason Bowles
        October 18, 2020 at 12:25 pm

        The Bible has many verses that condemn much of modern behavior, adultery for example. Which incidentally I find it amusing and sad that many Christians attack homosexuality when adultery is what made the Ten Commandments, and yet many of you in White County engage in it frequently and even give zealous support to politicians who have done it, and continue to do it unapologetically. Perhaps you Trump parades are also some form of Adultery Pride? I have also seen many people using the Sodom and Gomorrah references, which is another example of how many of you do not actually read the Bible but simply repeat the same things you have told, but never studied. The crimes of Sodom and Gomorrah in the book of The Ezekiel were haughtiness, excessive pride, greed,and there unwillingness to help feed, clothe, and help the down trodden. Oh yes, Sodom and Gomorrah IS are upon us for sure when people cry out about being taxed to help the poor, don’t give food to the beggar or complain about food stamps, and say nothing about the inhumanity at the border. That’s the sin, the evil in our world. Not people who love. The LGBTQ community is closer to God than any church who supports any of the above

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      • Fred Farkleface
        Fred Farkleface
        October 18, 2020 at 4:44 pm

        Understood Mike and the Majority agree. But levity and making fun of the organizer if you disagree, works much better. Back in High School, we never hurt the gays, we just laughed and sometimes had a beer with them.
        I’ll bet even she laughs at my post below. If you don’t agree with her, don’t patronize where she works, if they support something you don’t believe in. The LBJQTZFRPTM group did it to Chick Filet. It worked real well, Chick Filet became the #1 Chain in the USA in customer loyalty and still supports Christian values. Unintended Consequences again… Maybe more people in Carmi will go to Church over this. Or maybe her business will decide….

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    • Leslie P.
      Leslie P.
      October 16, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      Bravo , and what you said from a straight on. I support my family and friends of the Pride community!- I’m straight & a sinner saved by grace too. ❤

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  4. Susan Ellison
    Susan Ellison
    October 16, 2020 at 9:37 am

    I’m so proud to be an ally to this group. They are exemplifying love and acceptance. LGBQ+ have had so much hate thrown at them during these past four years. Now those who participated and supported the Trump parades are trying to cause this group problems, how sad. Most of those, opposing Carmi Pride, consider themselves to be “Christians”. If that is the example of Christianity, count me out.
    Go Carmi Pride!

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    • Rodger Sherwood
      Rodger Sherwood
      October 16, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      The problem with all of this is that it is an agenda that is being forced on people who don’t need or want to believe in the “movement”. Those people marching are doing it to show off and nothing more. Totally unnecessary. Just don’t stop the traffic or get in my way as I carry on business. Oh and by the way, get a job and move out of mommy’s house.

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      • Schmoger Shitwood
        Schmoger Shitwood
        October 16, 2020 at 5:38 pm

        You sound like a lovely person.

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      • Converting the hate-filled....
        Converting the hate-filled....
        October 16, 2020 at 11:03 pm

        Robert. You seem to harbor a lot of anger in your heart. Have you heard the good news about our Lord Jesus Christ and the peace and compassion he can give?

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      • Makynna
        Makynna
        October 17, 2020 at 8:07 am

        Hi, Rodger. I just want to ask where any logical argument really is for this? Shaming others isn’t a good reason to be going around posting things like this considering someone your age, too. No one is being forced to do anything. It is simply an act of showing love and kindness and nothing more. Spreading positivity through our small minded town. If traffic is stopped, it’s part of it, considering the amount of people that show up. Traffic was backed up on Main Street plenty of times for the Trump parade. There is nothing for “show,” just spreading love and positivity 🥰 because clearly people like you may need it. People like YOU are the problem today. In denial of times changing and people. You have NO reason to post as much as you have about this to constantly degrade her, OR ANYONE part of this at all! You did not see her standing outside flipping them off as they went by, you are only going off what you heard. I am ashamed with the way people have handled this. If you don’t have anything nice to say, please don’t say it at all. If you do not like the parade, please do not be around town while it is going on, so then you won’t have to see it. Name calling and shaming need to be left out of the media side and take it up like adults. The clueless are the ones that don’t have an open mind about things. Stuck in one belief and nothing else. Can’t learn to open up and accept. Why can’t it be left at having a parade and nothing else? No bad comments etc? Leave it be. It is simply meant for love. It will soon be over and you will not have to worry about to anymore. I’m sure there are bigger things in your life, as well as everyone else’s, that’s more important than this parade, so worry about that. You are not being harmed in any way, so why make a big deal out of it. And before you call me a liberal or anything hurtful you can maybe think of, just know I came from the conservative side and thought what you thought at one time. The people in my life changed me as I was able to have a look from both sides, and now I couldn’t be more open and accepting to anyone on this earth. And just so you know, I am NOT liberal, I am just able to see from both sides and accept everything and everyone.

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  5. Steve Pascal
    Steve Pascal
    October 16, 2020 at 11:04 am

    I will vote for Biden and I am against this type of behavior as it is not natural and is against the will of God. Biden supporters do not condone this and never will.

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    • Proud Gay
      Proud Gay
      October 16, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Biden himself supports the LGBT community. And so many animal species have been observed engaging in homosexual activity, so I am not sure where you get this idea that it isn’t natural.

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      • Fred Farkleface
        Fred Farkleface
        October 18, 2020 at 4:29 pm

        I live a way from Carmi, this is not something to worry about, live and let live. We all probably have gay friends and do not know it, this young lady just wants attention to her and maybe her cause and that is fine. It happens on those that think 180 degrees the other way too.

        We had a farmer that commented when this happened in our town, that just like the comment above, he had a boar hog that would not “be” with his sows. He said his boars kept “ridin” the other boars instead of the sows, and the sows were left out so they were “ridin” one another. His Baptist minister suggested putting makeup on the sows and lipstick, to see if that helped. The farmer came back to town months later and said he was having litters constantly! Everything hog wise was incredible! He ran into the minister and told him and the minister said GREAT, but hey guy, I noticed you are drunk and never go home. The farmer said: “yeah, since I used all the wifes lipstick and makeup, I don’t feel like going home to her anymore”.

        There all always unintended consequences.

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    • Rodger Sherwood
      Rodger Sherwood
      October 16, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      This has to be a “plant”. This event is EXACTLY what Biden people would want.

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    • Steve Pascal
      Steve Pascal
      October 16, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      ok, so I lied. Biden would condone this type of behavior and it is unnatural and maybe animals have been observed exhibited homosexual behavior, they are animals aren’t they?

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      • Fred Farkleface
        Fred Farkleface
        October 18, 2020 at 5:08 pm

        Biden would want money for him or Hunter from this. IMHO that is what Old Joe is in this for.
        REMEMBER, in 1986 Old Joe said Reagan was too old to be President and made fun of Ron.

        Joe, if elected, would be older on day#1 than Ronald Reagan, one of our Greatest President EVER, was on his last day as President.

        Take that Democrats.

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  6. Dalton
    Dalton
    October 16, 2020 at 11:30 am

    You don’t think Biden and his campaign support lgbtq? If that comment doesn’t go to show you that people truly don’t look into the candidates they support and vote for. Just wait till this guys learns Barack Obama insured their right to get married like 12 years ago.

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  7. Wolf1018
    Wolf1018
    October 16, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    I think you need to take a closer look at Biden’s platform and policies! You are being mislead if you think Biden doesn’t condone this type of behavior!

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  8. Wolf1018
    Wolf1018
    October 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    And for those of you saying claiming that Christians should accept Homosexuality. I say read Romans 1:26-28. It doesn’t get any more plain than that!

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    • God said homosexuality was an abomination
      God said homosexuality was an abomination
      October 17, 2020 at 1:12 am

      Amen

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      • Jason Bowles
        Jason Bowles
        October 18, 2020 at 1:21 pm

        Yet, adultery is the carnal sin that made the top ten list of things not to do, but instead of preaching against that sin, it got voted into office unapologetically.

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  9. Arguing on the Internet with strangers
    Arguing on the Internet with strangers
    October 16, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Christ himself never specifically mentions homosexuality in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul does. Words considered by biblical translations to come directly from Jesus of Nazareth were things like, Matthew 22:37-39 NIV. “37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

    If we want to get technical, the Old Testament outlaws divorce, eating shellfish (that’s lobster, shrimp, crawfish, scallops, oysters), getting a haircut, attending church without testicles, tattoos, wearing blended fabrics, eating pork -say goodbye to bacon, or walking too far on the Sabbath, just to name a few. Unless you’re an orthodox Jew, you’re probably coming up short on not breaking any of these rules, and even then, no one is perfect.

    If the whole gay thing is the one that jumps out to you as the only one that should still be prohibited in modern times, theres only two explanations for your ideology a.) You are a hypocrite who cherry-picks bible verses to fit your narrative (and Jesus really, really didn’t like hypocrites …see the New Testament for more details.) or, b.) You’ve never actually read the Bible and just choose this issue because you heard other people talking about it and, not to be outdone in the quest for seeking attention, you want everyone to see how much of a “Christian martyr you are for upholding God’s Word and fighting back the liberal gay agenda”.

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    • Wolf1018
      Wolf1018
      October 16, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      If your going to accuse people of “cherry picking” out of the Bible and “not reading the whole Bible” I suggest taking your own advice! Jesus brought a new covenant and that is why Christians do not follow the old testament food laws etc. that you mention. Essentially your arguments are the same old liberal drivel that is thrown up each time. Many of the food restrictions of the old testament were simple common sense for the times, prevention of food borne illness. And FYI I have read the Bible front to back several times. That is why I did not choose a passage from the old testament. True, Romans was written by Paul and didnt quote Jesus but i was raised that it was still a book in the Holy Bible. But I guess you consider only the Gospels as Bible!

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      • Hope you learn to love a little...
        Hope you learn to love a little...
        October 16, 2020 at 10:55 pm

        So, the Old Testament laws are obsolete, then? But, only when it pertains to common-sense food prohibitions, because now God loves some Red Lobster, but not RuPaul? Jesus came with a new covenant and He said shrimp, haircuts, and polyester are cool, but homosexuality is still a no-no? Makes perfect sense now that you’ve explained it so thoroughly. You should write a book about this topic. Perhaps title it: “Leviticus Says To Stone The Gays, And I’m Going To Right After I Get a Haircut, Eat This Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, And Put On This Poly-Cotton Blend T-Shirt, And The Bible Only Prohibits Those Other Things IF You Read It With Comprehension.”

        You know, those who vociferously oppose homosexuality are often so contemptuous because they are terrified showing a little compassion will thrust them out of the closet they’ve cemented themselves into. We. Get. It. Maybe go to the Pride Parade? Find some acceptance, from people who won’t judge you like your church friends do, and just live your truth?

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      • Jason Bowles
        Jason Bowles
        October 18, 2020 at 1:41 pm

        Yet, you STILL preach from the Old testament, right? Many Christians still want the ten commandments (Old Testament) posted publicly. Here is something to consider when you are making your “absolutist” remarks about religion. First, I will play devil’s advocate and say the Bible was “divinely inspired”, God working through men to write the word. How many men in the Bible tasked with work directly from God completed the work just as God had commanded? How many were without sin? Every major player disobeyed God and did “their own thing” out of lust, anger, frustration, and greed. This is lesson that anything men touches can be corrupted. This includes the Bible. We have present day cult leaders twisting the writings and gaining followers for their own purposes, so why is it so difficult to believe that same corruption couldn’t have found its way into the pen when writing the different parts of the Bible? That would certainly explain the discrepancies in the Gospel’s as they explain the resurrection in nearly four completely different ways. But its that way because different people saw different things, right? Well, that doesn’t explain how the key facts of who was where and when are radically different. It seems to me, that to avoid confusion, God would keep that consistent. Only Jesus never broke God’s law, and he never spoke against homosexuality. Everything about that subject has come from men, not God. Lastly, if you listen to the stories of young men and women raised in devout homes, who have committed suicide out of shame because they were gay and felt as though they were unworthy. No one chooses that shame and pain and self loathing. No one chooses to be rejected and hated. To be gay is be naturally who they are and to love them is Gods way.

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  10. Wolf1018
    Wolf1018
    October 16, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    @Proud Gay
    Dogs have been known to roll around in others crap and eat it also! So does that mean YOU intend to start that practice because it’s “natural”?

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    • P32396
      P32396
      October 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm

      Hate much??? You talk of these people having the right, pushing your beliefs off on you, yet you keep running your mouth off basicly about accept it your way ort its the high way….. and yes, I’m straight, widowed, and I support and love my family and friends that are gay, lesbian , and transgender…oh, and btw, each one of these people I love…. love all on their own, and not in their mom’s basement.

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    • Hanna
      Hanna
      October 17, 2020 at 11:00 am

      That’s insanely hateful to say. You know that’s not what they meant by it being natural and found it thousands of animal species. Humans are also an animal species and we also have behaviors that occur naturally, like homosexuality and heterosexuality and everything in between. 🙂

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  11. Carmi raised
    Carmi raised
    October 16, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Look.
    I grew up in carmi and what I can tell you is that people have a sheltered belief of the way things are. If people want to have a parade down main street..let them… Support them and wave as they go by. It doesn’t hurt you. If people want to hold deep seated religious and political beliefs…let them..it doesn’t hurt you either. It’s just hard not to stick your nose into other people’s business when you literally know everyone in the town. Be kind to one another and remember their is a big side world out there. Go find it and bring a little home to carmi.

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  12. bi&PROUD
    bi&PROUD
    October 16, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    in the bible it says love thy neighbor. therefore, put aside your egos and differences, recognize not everyone has the same damn opinion as you and just accept you cant change everyone and have them being exactly like you. if everyone was the same, we’d have a pretty boring life/world. being different is what makes us unique. we just want to be recognized and heard. we want something that will unite us and something we can be comfortable with. living in small town usa, we don’t have certain groups or hardly any support at all. all most of us want is acceptance and to be loved. if you can have your trump/biden rallies, we can have our damn pride parade. maybe you need to go to church and study your bible a little more. christians like you piss me off.

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  13. Concerned Citizen
    Concerned Citizen
    October 16, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    What’s a BLT

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  14. P32396
    P32396
    October 16, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Heres the deal. …If you don’t support it. Fine. Don’t go and show support. If you do, go out there if possible, and show your family and friends that are of the PRIDE community your support. I won’t be able to attend, but my heart will be.

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  15. Nonjudmental1
    Nonjudmental1
    October 17, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Ok, my opinion is , if they choose to have their parade then let them have it. Who are we ” as Christian’s to judge?” We are all children of the same creator. We only have 1 judge that matters and that is God! Stop making this about politics. No matter what political views anyone has does not affect a person’s sexuality. Do I look down on those who choose to be gay or lesbian? No! I am not their judge. The bible says live thy neighbor and therefore I will do as the good lord asks me to. I feel that the LGBTQ is not forcing this pain anyone, they are just expressing the support for each other. Its 2020 and our world is in worse shape than ever. We all need to stand together, support each other even though we may not all agree on certain lifestyles or behaviors. We all bleed the same color no matter our sexual preference, skin color, nationality, religious beliefs or political beliefs. Stop the hate! God bless u all

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  16. Nonjudmental1
    Nonjudmental1
    October 17, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Ok, my opinion is , if they choose to have their parade then let them have it. Who are we ” as Christian’s to judge?” We are all children of the same creator. We only have 1 judge that matters and that is God! Stop making this about politics. No matter what political views anyone has does not affect a person’s sexuality. Do I look down on those who choose to be gay or lesbian? No! I am not their judge. The bible says love thy neighbor and therefore I will do as the good lord asks me to. I feel that the LGBTQ is not forcing this upon anyone, they are just expressing the support for each other. Its 2020 and our world is in worse shape than ever. We all need to stand together, support each other even though we may not all agree on certain lifestyles or behaviors. We all bleed the same color no matter our sexual preference, skin color, nationality, religious beliefs or political beliefs. Stop the hate! God bless u all

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  17. Marsha McGhee
    Marsha McGhee
    October 18, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    There are no homosexual animals…it’s a myth. Please stop your blithering. There would be no use for it…they wouldn’t be able to procreate. So…have your parade, but please stop with the lies. You can find some liberal website to support your lie, but it’s still a lie.

    https://www.conservapedia.com/Homosexuality_in_animals_myth

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  18. Joseph mueller
    Joseph mueller
    October 19, 2020 at 12:26 am

    The straight hate that is being spewed is very unchristian. A.phrase I heard growing up is “the greatest single cause of atheism in the world is Christians, who acknowledges Jesus with there lips and deny HIM by there lifestyle, that is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable”. The community of carmi is really showing itself yet again, by instead of showing love, taking time to understand why people live this way, they hate, defame, spread falsehoods, and attempt to ruin peoples lives in an attempt for them to feel better. People will never care what you know or say till they know you care. I am a male survivor of rape, I’ve had to live with the stigma of “being gay,” so though I may not agree with there lifestyle, I will support and encourage them to be the best they can be. The Bible says all have fallen short of the glory of GOD. Is it not showy when you put your political sign in your yard? Or drive in your “trump parade?” Or even share your beliefs, on how you may have been blesssed or healed? Just because you may not agree with the group it is not being forced on you, you have an opportunity to either join it or avoid it!! Be the better person, love one another as CHRIST has loved the church!

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