‘Tis the season to war upon Christmas. In Bellevue, Kentucky, however, the war isn’t church vs state or even Christians vs everyone else.
It’s church in-fighting on display.
BELLEVUE, Ky. —A decades-old holiday tradition is at the center of controversy.
Churches in Bellevue are saying no to the nativity scene procession.
The pastor organizing the annual event is having trouble getting other congregations on board this year.
He believes part of the issue is that his church accepts gay members.
With the star of Bethlehem shining bright on Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue’s nativity scene has a new home in front of St. John United Church of Christ.
Mayor Ed Riehl explains that after 42 years in a community park, the display had to move off of city-owned property
But the other churches in Bellevue aren’t pleased about the change.
“We welcome everyone, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and he felt so strongly about this that he said to me, we don’t feel like you follow the teachings of Christ,” Rev. Keith Haithcock said.
Haithcock said that as an openly gay pastor, it hurts that another Bellevue congregation will not participate in the procession because of his beliefs.
Out of the five churches in Bellevue, St. John is the only one participating in the procession.