Eastern: Protest held, PiCASO seeks volunteers, UNCW list outrages

News Notes: Carolinas

by Lainey Millen  Special Assignments  specialassignments@goqnotes.com
Published: September 3, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes

Protest held at church

WILMINGTON, N.C. — On Aug. 14, a protest was held outside Sea Gate Community Chapel to challenge that church’s decision to place an anti-gay message in it’s church sign. The sign read “God loves gays, but He hates perverted life style, turn or burn” and had ba een erected the prior week.

Vandals removed the last portion of the wording and left it reading, “God loves gays, but He hates sin” and spray painted a heart over the “but He hates sin” portion. This “turn or burn” instruction had been omitted. Pastor David Heuring was not happy. Church members then added the “but He hates sin” back onto the sign.

Wilmington Pride organized the peaceful protest, saying that they wanted the people who attended the church to know that if they were struggling with their sexuality, there was hope. Afterward, a man driving a Ford Taurus took a hammer and smashed the sign, according to witnesses.

According to the WWAY-TV 3 website, Wilmington Pride President T.R. Nunley posted a comment saying that when they left that morning from the protest, the sign was okay. When he returned at 6 p.m. for a station interview, it was destroyed. He shared his regret that this had been done and said that his organization did not “condone the actions.”

Heuring and protestors dialogued during the protest and he shared drinks with them.

Gay-friendly list ruffles feathers

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s LGBTQIA Resource Office issued a guide in July that listed gay-friendly businesses, health clinics, churches and other institutions. This publication was passed out by the resource office’s Amy Schlag to staffers.

Now, Professor Mike Adams is taking the initiative to task saying it was silly and a “government waste,” FoxNews.com reported. This atheist-turned-Christian teaches criminology.

Adams ridiculed this action in an article for TownHall.com entitled “Separation of Gay Church and State.” He went on to say that “homosexuality…It is unequivocally sinful … God wants you to avoid homosexuality…”

He even has gone so far as to ask that LGBT groups be abolished on campus.

Time will tell if his wishes will be taken into serious consideration. The school felt validity in publishing its list.

PiCASO seeks volunteers

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Pitt County AIDS Service Organization (PiCASO) needs assistance. They are looking for volunteers for its concession booth at the Eastern Carolina University home football games to help raise agency funds. Participants should be available for work a few hours before the game start time through the entire game.

During the 2010 season, PiCASO earned over $3,200.

Volunteers, age 16-years-old and above, work with customers and sell the provided food and beverage items.

Games that need staffing are: Sept. 10, ECU vs. Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m.; ECU vs. University of Alabama at Birmingham, 3:30 p.m.; ECU vs. University of North Carolina, 8 p.m.; ECU vs. Tulane, 3:30 p.m.; ECU vs. Southern Mississippi University, 4 p.m.; and University of South Florida, TBA.

To volunteer, email Aaron Luciere at aaronlucierecu@yahoo.com with the subject line reading “Football Volunteer.”