Pastor faces backlash after dressing in drag on HBO show
Added 12-08-21 12:17:02am EST - “Pastor Craig Duke, who faced backlash after dressing in drag on the HBO program "We're Here," has been relieved of his pastoral duties at Newburgh United Methodist Church in Indiana.Emails from congregants started not long after the…” - Theblaze.com
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Pastor Craig Duke, who faced backlash after dressing in drag on the HBO program "We're Here," has been relieved of his pastoral duties at Newburgh United Methodist Church in Indiana.
Emails from congregants started not long after the program aired Nov. 8, Duke said, according to Religion News Service, which noted that some of the comments that Duke got were positive. But others were not.
"Enough were so negative that — at the 'insistence' of Newburgh’s Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Duke said — he requested a new assignment from Bishop Julius C. Trimble of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church," RNS reported.
Duke intended to head a six-week Bible study regarding sexuality at the church, according to the outlet. But Duke said an additional "negative, bullying, attacking email from a church person" that came on Nov. 14 "flipped the tide."
“It just got to the point where the conflict, the anger grew too much, and so for my mental health, too, I started to back away, and I told my district superintendent that the conflict was so much, it was at such a level from some, that I was unable to be an effective leader,” Duke said.
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