A fool's errand?Having been mentioned in Mike Signorile's story as yet another GLBT GLBT Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered organization "duped" by Andrew Marin ["The Preacher Lied," October 24], Dignity/Chicago would like to set the record straight about our involvement with the Marin Foundation.
The mission of the Marin Foundation to build bridges between evangelical Christians This is a list of people who are notable due to their influence on the popularity or development of evangelical Christianity or for their professed Evangelicalism.
n. pl. fools' errands
A fruitless mission or undertaking.
a fruitless undertaking
Noun 1. . We at Dignity/Chicago see possibilities. Leaders of our organization met with Andrew Marin in 2005 to discuss working together. We admired the foundation's goal to bridge two communities that have very different views on human sexuality This article is about human sexual perceptions. For information about sexual activities and practices, see Human sexual behavior.
Generally speaking, human sexuality is how people experience and express themselves as sexual beings. . Specifically, we were interested in supporting the opportunities Andrew's spiritual education classes presented local faith communities, realizing that he presented the broad variety of Christian approaches to the issue of homosexuality, including those with which we disagree. We had a realistic expectation that a handful of the students would get introduced to our chapter as a faith community, and indeed some have. We did not, however, have any lofty expectations that our membership would significantly increase as a result of this relationship.
Of course, the larger issue is just how one engages people of faith who, for a variety of reasons, have strong negative reactions to homosexuality. Having struggled for more than three decades to bring change within the Catholic Church, we are not surprised that Andrew has to take a nuanced approach to issues of sexuality, sin, and scripture when dealing with evangelicals; one can hardly build bridges with them by shouting support for same-sex marriage Noun 1. same-sex marriage - two people of the same sex who live together as a family; "the legal status of same-sex marriages has been hotly debated"
couple, twosome, duet, duo - a pair who associate with one another; "the engaged couple"; "an inseparable , as some seem to suggest Andrew should do. We find it unfortunate that there are those who wish to discredit TO DISCREDIT, practice, evidence. To deprive one of credit or confidence.
2. In general, a party may discredit a witness called by the opposite party, who testifies against him, by proving that his character is such as not to entitle him to credit or Andrew personally; in our own meetings with him, we have found him to be a person of spiritual depth and integrity, though, like all of us, he has lessons to learn when it comes to dealing with media. Plenty of ink was given to Andrew's detractors, but it doesn't appear that Andrew was given a chance to respond. There is plenty of naivete na·ive·té or na·ïve·té
1. The state or quality of being inexperienced or unsophisticated, especially in being artless, credulous, or uncritical.
2. An artless, credulous, or uncritical statement or act. to go around.
STEVE FORST FORST Force Status Chicago, Ill.
[Signorile responds: In an interview, Steve Forst told me quite clearly that Dignity / Chicago members were very concerned about Marin's remarks in the media and had planned to discuss them with him. Forst also expressed his disappointment regarding the few Marin Foundation referrals. The group has obviously softened its stance toward Marin since that time--unlike several national gay groups that became alarmed and broke ties with Marin--but I stand by my reporting on that initial reaction.]