This is disgusting and sad and scary...

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A megachurch canceled a memorial service for a Navy veteran 24 hours before it was to start because the deceased was gay.

Officials at the nondenominational High Point Church knew that Cecil Howard Sinclair was gay when they offered to host his service, said his sister, Kathleen Wright. But after his obituary listed his life partner as one of his survivors, she said, it was called off.

[The church's pastor, the Rev. Gary] Simons said the church believes homosexuality is a sin, and it would have appeared to endorse that lifestyle if the service had been held there.

Ah, of course. I know whenever I go to a funeral, I naturally assume the church in which it is held has "endorsed" the perceived sins of the deceased.

The pastor said he declined to host the service "not based on hatred, not based on discrimination, but based on principle."

What principle is that, I wonder? I assume the pastor would agree that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3.23). So if sinners can't have their funeral services in this church, exactly who can?

Read the whole story here.



Blogger crystal said...

Discrimination is an ugly thing.

11:57 p.m.  
Blogger PrickliestPear said...

It is. Particularly when it is being done by someone who says full out that it's "not based on discrimination." No? Then what does "discrimination" mean???

It's the stupidity that really irks me. I have very little patience for stupidity. I honestly think that that's why I became a teacher. It's my way of ensuring that there's a little less stupidity out there than there would be otherwise.

12:28 a.m.  

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