That time a group of Pentecostals showed up at Pride to apologize to LGBTQ people

A group of Filipino Pentecostal Christians marched in a Pride parade with an
A group of Filipino Pentecostal Christians marched in a Pride parade with an "I'm Sorry" signPhoto: Twitter/Jamila

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When Jamilah Salvador went to the local pride parade in Marikina City, Philippines, she saw something completely unexpected. She tweeted photos of a group of Pentecostal Christians marching behind a banner that simply said: “I’m sorry.”

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“I literally cried when I saw this [a little while ago],” she wrote. “Imagine living in a society with nothing but love and respect for each other.”

“We’re here to apologize for the ways that we as Christians have harmed the LGBT community,” the banner said.

The group carried other signs that said things like “God loves you, so do we” and “I used to be a Bible-banging homophobe. Sorry!”

“We are apologizing for the way Christians have hurt the LGBT community, especially by using the Bible in condemning and judging them,” said Pastor Val Paminiano.

“I used to believe that God condemns homosexuals, but when I studied the scriptures, especially the ones that we call ‘clobber scriptures’ that are being cherry-picked from the Bible to condemn LGBT people, I realized that there’s a lot to discover, including the truth that God is not against anyone.”

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