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CR Pastor Says Gay Marriage More Damaging than the Flood

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CEDAR RAPIDS One Cedar Rapids pastor says the gay marriage ruling is a bigger disaster than last June's flood.

Northbrook Baptist Church Pastor Eric Schumacher wrote an article saying Iowa's decision to allow gay marriage will cause "irrevocable damage" to society.

But, other religious leaders say the pastor's comments distort what the bible teaches and will cause more harm than good.

Schumacher's article says, "Flood waters erode the soil. 'Gay marriage' erodes the soul."

He told TV9, "The comparison isn't meant to diminish the impact of the flood at all. It's meant to highlight the impact that I think the redefining of marriage will have on our state."

Reverend Tom Capo from the People's Church Universalist hosted a rally at his sanctuary last week to celebrate the gay marriage ruling. He cringed when he heard Schumacher's comparison.

"I think he's trying to scare people that these horrible, awful, catastrophic things are going to happen just like the flood if we allow gay marriage to stand," Capo said.

The two religious men both consider the bible a holy book, but interpret it quite differently.

"The bible teaches that homosexual practice is sinful. When we go against God's will, it does damage to our soul," Schumacher said.

Capo said, "Jesus never said anything about ostracizing or gay marriage or homosexuals in any way, shape or form. If anything, Jesus was one to embrace all."

Schumacher said, "Jesus Christ was the most divisive person in the history of the world."

Capo said, "If you're preaching that kind of message from the pulpit, all you're going to do is cause more pain in our culture."

Schumacher argues he's not trying to cause pain, but simply educating people about why he believes gay marriage is so destructive.

If you'd like to read Schumacher's article, click here.

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