Here's some simple facts about the controversy over the Broadway Coffee House, and the Broadway Commons in general, discriminating against LGBTQ people.
(1) The Salem Alliance Church and the Broadway Coffee House/Commons are one and the same. I've been told that money from the latter goes to the church. (2) The Salem Alliance Church won't marry gay people, and the pastor is on record as saying that same-sex sex is a sin. You can read what he has said below. (3) So anyone who supports the Broadway Coffee House/Commons by going there, or spending money there, is supporting a church that denigrates gays.
This is why many neighbors of the Broadway Commons have been boycotting it. And this is why a letter to the editor in the Statesman Journal calls for a boycott of the Broadway Commons.
Some people defend the Salem Alliance Church by saying this is a matter of religious liberty.
Well, sure, people are free in believe in whatever crazy thing they want to. But usually it isn't so obvious that the crazy people are running a business aimed at attracting the general public -- most of whom don't believe in the crazy ideas held by the crazy people.
The situation isn't all that different from the KKK operating a restaurant back in the days when the United States tolerated racial discrimination. If you disagreed with the KKK's views about African-Americans, you wouldn't feel good supporting the KKK's restaurant, right?
Likewise, below is what the lead pastor of Salem Alliance Church, Steve Fowler, said in a podcast of what I assume is a July 16, 2016 sermon based on Romans 1:18-2:1-2. That's the part of the Bible fundamentalists use to rail against same-sex marriage and same-sex sex.
Fundamentalists like that aren't just alive and well in the deep south.
They're alive and well right here in Salem, at the Salem Alliance Church. Think ahout this next time you ponder going to the Broadway Coffee House or Broadway Commons. I've transcribed part of Fowler's sermon from about the 32 minute mark, boldfacing some parts about same-sex sex.
Yesterday I heard from a Portland reporter who had been trying to speak with a Salem Alliance Church pastor for the entire day. It seems kind of strange that church representatives are so sure that same-sex sex is a sin that deserves to be loudly preached about, but they don't seem willing to share their dogmatic views with a reporter.
This is what Pastor Fowler said.
When Adam and Eve have sex, it is not just union. It is a reunion. It is the image of God as represented by Adam. the image of God represented by Eve. And when these two opposite genders come together it is not just union, it is a reunion. It is a beautiful picture of what God is trying to get us to understand of relational intimacy that is represented in the Godhead.
And you will see a consistent sexual code from Genesis all the way to Revelation. In fact, in Revelation there is the marriage supper of the lamb. What is that? It’s reunion. It’s all the saints. It is everyone with Christ. And this physical oneness is a beautiful picture of that.
And you will never find in the scriptures any positive pictures of a same sex union. It just isn’t there. There’s this consistent sexual code. There’s this beautiful metaphor that’s presented in sexual oneness, as a picture of people of the opposite sex coming together.
So we talk about running from sexual sin. Here’s what we’re saying. Any kind of sexual activity outside of a marriage with a male and a female, this is something we should not be engaged in. So if you’re married and you’re having sex with someone who is not your spouse, you don’t just need to resist, you just don’t need to fight it, you need to book it, you need to run.
And if you’re sexually active with someone you’re not married to, you need to run. If you’re engaged in porn or you’re going to strip clubs, you need to run. And on this topic, what God is saying is that if you’re engaged in same-sex sex, if you’re using a same-sex relationship in that way, you also need to run, you also need to book it.
And I just want to say to you, I don’t want you ever coming to Salem Alliance Church and walking out of here, and saying that guy never told us. This is exactly what it says. And we can work hard, and we can say we know better, or that’s the ice cream cone in the pocket, but friends, it’s what God’s word reveals.