February 25th, 2014
10:16 PM ET

Reverend Troy Mendez: "This bill flies in the face of our religion"

Defenders of SB1062 say the controversial bill is necessary to protect religious freedom. There are plenty of opponents who say it does the opposite, with some even arguing the bill goes against Holy Scripture. Reverend Troy Mendez is the Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix and tells Anderson "we believe we are to seek and serve Christ in all people."

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  1. joannforsberg

    JoAnn Forsberg
    As a born-again Christian Grandmother married to one man for 38 years. I have deeply studied the Bible and traditional marriage as America states it. For truly the one man and one women was not the Bibilcal standard in Old Testament.

    If you are willing to step outside of what is passed on and taught through the denomination you joined; a choice you made as to what you believe is truth. For obviously for as many Christians whom exist, for as many foundational teachings:

    NOT ONE person or church has the complete knowledge of interpretation of Biblical passages. God's word is perfect; it is mankind's interpretations that is not.

    So if your willing to learn I ask you look up the National Geographic video on the study done on genetics and gay individuals. We cannot deny creation in however born. For to do so denies our Creator.

    Yet, truly what confuses me the most about my Christian brothers and sisters is the whole abortion and adoption issue. As a women who defends the rights of gay individuals in church and America. I have gained many gay friends over a thirty year period.

    My observation is this: we stand for the right for life. Yet, children are born with mental and physical issues. Many, many gay families adopt these babies/children giving them a loving home. I have also witness time and time again gay couples helping a teenager so they will not abort the child!

    Who is the Good Samaritan here? Who would Jesus state were showing His message of love? I know many children in gay families who would not be here without a gay person helping them to be born.

    So until we solve the abortion issue we should be applauding any person- gay or straight who help these children to be born.

    Your not hurting gay people by deny equal rights in marriage and families. You are sentencing many unborn children to death. Many handicapped children to not belong to a loving person.

    Please open your hearts, open your mind, study genetic creation of gay people. then, know Christ/God/Spirit did not condemn gay individuals. It is us, as Christians who have.

    Requires too many statements to explain all the misinterpretation that has occurred.

    But just know this is an undisputed truth: the word homosexual was never (1,500 years) in the Bible until 1946.

    One more truth to consider: study the seven deadly sins. Very enlightening as "Sloth/laziness" was the greatest sin over history. Reason being a tribe, clan and our own Pilgrims required all to work for survival.

    I often hear in Christian circles: that America needs to repent. Often blamed on gay individuals. I agree with: "We need to repent, humbly fall on our knees". But not because of gay individuals. But because we are so spoilt in America that daily survival does not cross our mind.

    That the Christian Church today "band-wagon" is those gays who want to attend church! Wow, really? 1,500 plus years Christians worried about survival and we worry that a gay person adopts a child, wants to be a family, or wants to attend church just as they are, just as I am.

    Yes, America needs to repent; fall down in humility for being selfish in sharing the love of Christ to ALL!

    Bless you all today... Consider the children yet unborn.

    Blessings, Jo

    February 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm |
  2. hoopstalk

    I'm proud of my brother Troy Mendez – great interview with Anderson Cooper and well said...

    February 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
  3. rainbowicecream

    Anderson – have you heard this? This kid came out recently as gay and has the full support of his southern Baptist parents. His dad is pastor of a church and recently told them of his full support of LGBT people. the church is in the process of deciding if they will fire the pastor or if they side with him and leave the southern Baptist association!! interesting stuff!!! thanks for all you do, by the way – we LOVE you at our house!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyT636qfJ7A

    February 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm |
  4. elwnyc

    @Williamdotell: Did you watch the interview? Anderson Cooper did not "comment" on the legislation, he asked questions.

    Oh, and by the way, did you cut your hair or shave recently? Eat any shellfish or a rare steak? Wear clothing of mixed materials? Gossip about your neighbors? Plant a garden with more than one kind of crop? Maybe you'd better stop casting stones.

    February 26, 2014 at 11:54 am |
  5. williamdotell

    1) Not only is Anderson Cooper hardly fit to "objectively" comment on the Arizona Legislation, being a sexual pervert himself, Episcopal Priest Mendez hails from a Congregation long known for its un-bibilical alliances.

    2) Reality: As said in the Book of Leviticus no less than three (3) times, homosexuality is -- in the eyes of God -- an "abomination" ensuring premature death for its practitioners (Leviticus 20:13).

    Bottomline: Believe the self-confessed sexual Pervert known as Anderson Cooper or believe God.

    Your choice. And contingently, your death.

    February 26, 2014 at 10:15 am |
    • some1fromcolorado

      ok, so i was operating under the consideration that "America" was about freedom and equality... i can see where i went wrong. so, since the bible contains a lot of slavery, its ok to own another human being yes? what about concubines? alright, so the real point is, you can protect yourself by controlling yourself, you can protect your family as long as you can, by controlling them as long as you can, you can protect your church by controlling the congregation, but what your suggesting is that your religion, your bible, your understanding of concepts like: the universe, the bible, religion, God, Jesus, love, consideration, compassion, tolerance, choice, life, liberty the pursuit of happiness, and freedom are clearly more important than other "Americans" God-given and constitutionally guaranteed rights of free-will and equality? "American-Christian" seems to be the great hypocrisy of the twenty-first century, guess its time to rewrite the constitution so it can re-align with the bible.

      February 26, 2014 at 11:54 am |
    • missxnish

      The bible says a lot of things. I can guarantee that you do not follow all the laws of the bible. Eating pig, wearing polyester, wearing gold, getting tattoos, eating shellfish, divorce and many others. If you follow the bible so well, you should know that you are not to judge anyone. That is up to your "God". So before you go around calling others "sexual perverts" why don't you take a look at yourself in the mirror at yourself before you go around calling others name like you're holier than all.

      February 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm |
    • nycuma

      Dude. You're fellow Christians are putting you in your place. Accept the rebuke and wash yourself clean in the love and light of Christ.

      February 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
    • twist866

      That's all fine that your bible says that, however; where does it say it in the Constitution? It doesn't? Then kindly STFU and let us live our lives.

      February 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm |

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