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Church denies memorial service for gay vet

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 12 August 2007

A church in Arlington TX cancelled a memorial service for a gay veteran, one day before the service. The church contends they were not made aware of the fact that the deceased was gay. The family says they knew that he was.

Allegedly, the issue came to light as a photo tribute was being arranged by a church official who claims that included in the photos were pictures of men hugging and kissing. The family member who provided the pictures says not so.

She said she provided numerous family pictures of Sinclair, including some with his partner, but said none showed men kissing or hugging.

Church officials said the church offered to pay for another site for the service, made the video and provided food for more than 100 relatives and friends.

My response to this story is this:

How many memorial services have been held in that church for lazy people (sloth), greedy people, gluttonous people, jealous people (envy), prideful people, lustful people, or angry people (wrath)? Those are the seven deadly sins.

And how many times has a service been held for a divorced person, someone divorced not for a reason now sanctioned by Church, such as abuse, but for ‘irreconcilable differences’ per se…?

How many memorial services have been held for someone who was a never-married single parent, and the child was not the product of a crime? Or someone who was living in sin, ‘shacking up’ out of wedlock?

If this church holds a memorial service for ANYONE who has committed ANY of these sins (and face it, every one of us has committed at LEAST two or three of these!!) then they had NO RIGHT to refuse this service on the grounds of morality.

And I’m thinking it’s safe to say that not every sinner whose service was held at this church repented, by the way.

Take the related poll. (Sorry to make it a link, but for some reason, I can’t enter the poll here).


Edited 14 Aug- On followup reading, I learnt that the information regarding the church paying for another facility and for food is false.


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