S.C. needs more like Summers
Martin recklessly and wrongly accuses the Rev. Dr. Tom Summers of false
prophecy in her Feb. 16 letter, “False prophets are among us.”
interest in religious advocacy for the gay community was kindled when he was
asked to conduct the funeral of a young man who died of AIDS, rejected by
his family and church. This stirring experience opened his eyes to the
invidious discrimination against gay people, sometimes from their own
families and churches. Tom developed written materials concerning the
critical need of religious support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender persons and continues to speak out on their behalf.
endures negative responses to his advocacy work from certain religious
communities, but he never wavers. He has dedicated his career to pastoral
care, teaching and ministry, addressing such issues as social oppression,
homelessness, mental illness, racial minorities and Central America’s poor.
Tom Summers is a caring, courageous man, an authentic Christian in every
sense of the word. We need more people like him.
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Publication: The State; Date: February 26, 2012; Section: Editorial-Letters;