The administration of the Baptist Board recently made a decision to ban four members of the community. The debate over how to deal with this situation lasted for more than a month. It was not a decision that we took lightly. There is probably no more divisive issue in the Christian community today than that of homosexuality. We run the risk of the propoganda of our culture influencing us more than we influence it and it has resulted in a major schism wihin our faith. This board has taken the position that homosexuality is a sin based on the clear teachings of the Bible in Passages such as Romans 1:26-27. While we as Baptists believe in the right of the individual believer to interpret Scripture for himself as led by the Holy Spirit, this issue was dividing the board in a way that was unique to these discussions. A compromise was attempted to remove all topics of a sexual nature from the board but the cure was almost worst than the disease in light of the recent appointment of Canon V. Gene Robinson to the New Hampshire Diocese. The issue needed to be discussed. While the Baptist Board has many members and is run by a score of volunteers, the site remains independently owned. It is a high profile site that receives hundreds of hits per day from many, many nations and it became evident that it was my responsibility to make a stand, for the sake of my conscience and for the sake of my God. Therefore, the decision was made to ban the most vocal advocates of the homosexual lifestyle. The bandwidth of this site is purchased by me and was intended to be a place that would bring honor to our Savior and the calling of sin by any other name had become unacceptable. There is no present discussion of any more account cancellations. We will still entertain fair and impartial moderation of all the other topics that are so common on this site. However, a line in the sand has been drawn on the issue of homosexuality. We can no longer afford to allow any condoning of this sin.