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Church leaves Lutheran fold.

SHELDON, N.D. * A rural North Dakota-church has voted to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, not only to protest its recent policies to allow gay clergy hut also its proposed statement on genetically modified foods.

Members of the Anselm Trinity Lutheran Church near Sheldon, N.D., interpreted the Lutheran church's draft statement as saying farmers who use genetically modified seeds are "pretty much sinners," said church council president Jill Bunn. The church is located in the Red River Valley, where farmers often use enhanced seeds to help plants resist weed killers.

The 25-4 vote, taken Nov. 7, comes at a time when other churches are leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America after it decided last year to permit noncelibate gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex unions.

Bunn said news of the genetics proposal in a farming publication gave the congregation another reason to depart. "That just added to the gay-lesbian proposal that they passed already," she said.

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Title Annotation:US BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Date:Nov 26, 2010
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