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Gays seek spirituality, author says

By STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

''Religion makes a lot of gay men freak,'' says journalist Christopher Lee Nutter author of The Way Out: The Gay Man's Guide to Freedom No Matter if You're in Denial, Closeted, Half In, Half Out, Just Out or Been Around the Block ($14.95, Health Communications).

''I have no religious or spiritual affiliation at all,'' said Nutter, 36, a Protestant-born New Yorker who's visited the gay South Beach party circuit since the 1990s.

Still, Nutter says he feels spiritual. ``Affiliation is not necessary. It's an obstruction. Programmatic thinking is the problem in the first place -- the herd mentality.''

Other gay men -- who've often been rejected by organized religion -- are also seeking spirituality, Nutter said.

''Gay men are beginning to change what their concept of being gay means,'' he said, rather than focusing on looks and youth.

``That's why spirituality as a doctrine and a culture is being embraced. Right now it's cutting edge, but in 10 years it will be mainstream.''

Nutter will read and sign books at 8 p.m. Thursday at Books & Books, 933 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Information: www.christopherleenutter.com.

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I was curious to see what you thought about "Gays seeking spirituality". I am still curious. I believe all seek spirituality, because we are all body, soul, and spirit. Why would this be a "gay" endeavor? I think the question to ask rather, does a person seek spirituality in what? Spirituality can be in witchcraft, it can be in falsehood. Or it can be in Truth. I think you could do a great good. Did you know that Jesus chose ordinary men (and women) to work for Him. He chose murderers, theives, liars. He chose even me. He will choose even you. It doesn't matter what you have done. It only matters that you turn from your wrongs, ask for forgiveness, mean it in your heart. Jesus will recreate in you a new heart. He will teach your spirit what all people crave. The Holy Spirit will cleanse you. You will experience the love and acceptance that you crave. You have no idea the love that He has for you. He just waits on you to choose Him. I pray for you, and I truly love you. In Jesus's name I write this to you.

I was curious to see what you thought about "Gays seeking spirituality". I am still curious. I believe all seek spirituality, because we are all body, soul, and spirit. Why would this be a "gay" endeavor? I think the question to ask rather, does a person seek spirituality in what? Spirituality can be in witchcraft, it can be in falsehood. Or it can be in Truth. I think you could do a great good. Did you know that Jesus chose ordinary men (and women) to work for Him. He chose murderers, theives, liars. He chose even me. He will choose even you. It doesn't matter what you have done. It only matters that you turn from your wrongs, ask for forgiveness, mean it in your heart. Jesus will recreate in you a new heart. He will teach your spirit what all people crave. The Holy Spirit will cleanse you. You will experience the love and acceptance that you crave. You have no idea the love that He has for you. He just waits on you to choose Him. I pray for you, and I truly love you. In Jesus's name I write this to you.

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