Church Refuses Memorial Service to Gay Man

August 10, 2007 at 6:12 pm 6 comments

Leaders of a mega-church in Dallas are reneging on its offer to hold a memorial service for a Navy veteran because he was gay and are clueless enough to think that is the “Christian” thing to do. The pastor indicated that hosting the service for a gay man would be like hosting a memorial service for a thief or a murderer.

One really has to wonder what the hell kind of God is it that these people believe in that would want them to be so cruel and so hateful towards another of person.

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Entry filed under: Conservatives, Hypocrites, LGBT, Religion.

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  • 1. marta  |  August 11, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    hypothetically, what would they say if they did hold the service there?
    how he served the United States with integrity.. describing what kind of person he was.. how he loved his family and other close individuals.. how death can be difficult… (anything else to add to the list? is that all that needs to be said?).

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  • 2. marta  |  August 11, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    i don’t think that they meant to be cruel and hateful. we can go to account after account of truly cruel and hateful acts, but not holding a funeral shouldn’t be considered cruel or hateful. those adjectives seem so pre-meditated. i will say it’s a bit distasteful to offer a funeral and then take it back.

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  • 3. Lady  |  August 11, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    They should grow up. The stance of gay marriage in a church under god is one thing, but for putting someone to rest? No one deserves cruelty like that because of how they lived life. That’s more than distasteful, it’s horrible.

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  • 4. athinkingman  |  August 11, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    If the church’s decision was based on their desire to uphold the law as revealed in the Book of Leviticus, I would have more patience with them if they consistently tried to put the whole book into practice and not just selected bits. For example, in the church regularly breaks the law by worshipping on a Sunday, and not the Sabbath (Saturday), doesn’t refuse to hold memorial services for individuals who have had sex during menstruation, does not “cut off” any member of the congregation who eats black pudding (laws against eating blood) – the list could go on and on!

    James
    http://athinkingman.wordpress.com/2007/08/08/coming-out/

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  • 5. Bloggernista  |  August 11, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    I don’t understand how the church leaders could think that something like this would be acceptable. Sure, they have the right to decide who gets to have a memorial in their church, but this guy did nothing wrong. He did murder anyone, did not steal some old lady’s retirement money. He just happened to be gay.

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  • 6. marta  |  August 11, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    i agree, comparing him with a murderer or thief is completely out of line. it is horrible, i’m not denying that. a very, very sad thing. it’s a very “religious” thing to do… and Jesus did not care for “religious” things.

    thinkingman, you’re confusing the four different types of law in the Old Testament. you referred to ceremonial and dietary laws, which christian faith does not abide by b/c Jesus brought a new law (not my words. in galatians).

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