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  • Church That Canceled Funeral Of Gay Man Flooded With Hundreds Of Negative Reviews

    A small Tampa, Florida church canceled a funeral because the man who was to be buried was gay. It took less than one day for them to be flooded with hundreds of negative reviews.

    Americans were shocked and stunned this morning when they read -- here at The New Civil Rights Movement, at Bilerico, the Huffington Post, even Gawker, and other LGBT and progressive news sites -- that a Florida pastor actually canceled the funeral of a 42-year old man because he was gay.

    Worse, the church called the man's mother the day of the wake -- she was standing at her son's coffin when the phone rang -- to tell her that she had less than 24 hours to find another place to hold the funeral. The pastor told local news reporters that they made the call after parishioners read in the newspaper that Julie Atwood's son, Julion Evans, was married to Kendall Capers -- a man. 

    UPDATE: Pastor Who Canceled Gay Man's Funeral Remains Unrepentant: 'My Family Is Doing Fine'

    "I'm not trying to condemn anyone's lifestyle, but at the same time, I am a man of God, and I have to stand up for my principles," Pastor Jenkins told reporters.

    The church, New Hope Missionary Baptist, took down most of their website, including their contact information.

    Meanwhile, those who felt anger and outrage took to social media to express themselves.

    On Twitter, even at 10 PM Friday night, several angry tweets per minute were still flowing.

    Screen_Shot_2014-08-08_at_10.36.11_PM.jpgOn Facebook, aside from flooding news feeds, the vocally outraged dug up the church's Facebook page -- it does not appear on their website -- and left literally hundreds of scathing reviews and comments.

    As of this writing, there are 222 one-star reviews and seemingly hundreds of negative comments -- about 20 per hour were being posted Friday night.

    A sampling:

    "Right-wing Christians like these kinds of 'Christians' claim there's a war on Christians in this country. There isn't a so-called war, but if there were it would be because of actions exhibited by these kinds of churches."

    "Well, you are a shining example of why I no longer believe in God...if a loving God existed, He would not allow people like you to use His name to harm others."

    "In Timothy 2:8 we read: 'I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.' Which is why you also don't allow funeral arrangements for women with braided hear or who wear jewelry. Am I right?"

    "The pastor of this church isn't standing on principles he is standing on judgment and bigotry. I ask him to contemplate and meditate on this question... Would Jesus approve of this? Would this be the actions of the Savior? I think you need to bow in front of the Lord and pray... pray for true guidance from Jesus. This family chose this church for a reason so where is the compassion of community? If I were a member of this congregation I would find a new church."

    Screen_Shot_2014-08-08_at_10.39.04_PM.jpg"Jesus would have conducted the service and provided comfort to the family and the husband in their time of grief. I am not a Christian, but you have to walk the talk. I am reminded of the time that Jesus came across a group of people who were stoning a prostitute, Jesus said - he who hath cast no sin shall cast the first stone and the crowd slunk away. As a man of god you may be close to sinless - until this decision."

    "And this is the cancer within your religion. You teach only hate. And praise yourself for doing so."

    "I think you may have forgotten Matthew 24:40. When did Jesus EVER turn his back on someone in need? The way you treated that bereaved family, you treated Jesus himself."

    "Someone in your congregation just wrote back to me, 'Compassion has nothing to do with biblical principles.' Wow. Well, turning your back on a man's funeral is certainly a great example of that, now, isn't it?"

    "I am deeply saddened to see God's message to the world distorted in this way. Dear, dear Pastor Jenkins...We look to you to teach us of God's love, mercy, and compassion, not complete and shameful intolerance. Even if your church does preach against a gay lifestyle, is there no place in your heart for God's mercy, forgiveness, and compassion? Do you refuse to conduct funeral services for people who break other of what you understand to be God's laws and rules? Really? Do you really do that? Refuse funeral services for those you know to be what you consider sinners? Would that not include everyone in your congregation who is not perfect in God's eyes?

    "I am so saddened by this; so saddened to see God utterly misrepresented in this way."

    "Shame on you for cancelling that young gay man's funeral. I'm sure God would be so proud of you for being so judgemental. And organized religion wonders why so many people are slipping away?"

     

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    • commented 2014-09-15 18:52:36 -0400
      perhaps people should read this page and realize what their hatred and bigotry causes: http://www.youareequal.com/

    • commented 2014-08-13 06:55:35 -0400
      wow, while I do believe churches should have the freedom not to be forced to marry same sex, no matter what life you lived, we have no choice in death, everyone dies and deserves a proper funeral. The person has made their choice and there is no room for any type of persuading or convincing or maybe swaying in another direction . No repentance from the grave so its not about trying to change the dead man or woman. It’s about giving a proper burial and praying and hoping for the best in Jesus name and putting them in God’s hands and He does the REST.. Refusing that and you are a pastor is refusing a job God gave you, not like He was a mass murderer who just got finished murdering all the children in your town and pass him on to the next preacher who has not ties to his deviant crimes, cause this crime was not against you it was against God and it is between the person and God. And they need our final prayers. I mean obey God and show mercy, its the end of this road and show respect, you are not endorsing the life style because the person has already lived it and has died, not the same as marrying them and sending them on their way. marrying them is like endorsement totally different circumstances. Wisdom tells you that preacher man. Open your eyes people , you can have compassion and love with out endorsing and embracing the sin and lifestyle

    • commented 2014-08-11 11:50:52 -0400
      His own quote shows it all. He has to stand up for “his” principles. That’s far more important to him than standing for the church’s or Christ’s.

    • commented 2014-08-11 01:20:23 -0400
      Looks like the Facebook page was taken down.

    • commented 2014-08-10 18:45:15 -0400
      The New Missionary Baptist Church of Tampa FL is not a refuge for the lost, the forgotten, those in pain or suffering, but a vile hell hole for those who think they are holier than others and have a direct line to a merciless god. People should boycott the New Missionary Baptist Church of Tampa, FL and expose it for what it is: a greedy, ghoulish, gang of cutthroats who will carve out a pound of gold from the torn bodies seeking repose and understanding. Those who believe in the rights and liberties of all people must contact the Internal Revenue Service and protest that this vitriolic vengeance-filled vehicle of vice lose its tax exempt status and that its congregation be exposed for the hypocrisy that it is. For them to claim to be following church law shows that their carnal craven church has never met Jesus or any other compassionate soul, ignoring Matthew 7:1 and the rubrics of righteous tolerance and denying nothing. Even Jesus ate with what society thought were sinners and Jesus walked among all people. This predatory pastor makes yet another attack upon people of faith and exposes his cloven feet and forked tongue. Its address is 3005 E Ellicott St, Tampa, FL 33610 you can reach its profiteering pastor at +1 813-236-3611 and ask how their “divine mission of love” (from its website) includes so much hate.

    • commented 2014-08-10 18:44:15 -0400
      The New Missionary Baptist Church of Tampa FL is not a refuge for the lost, the forgotten, those in pain or suffering, but a vile hell hole for those who think they are holier than others and have a direct line to a merciless god. People should boycott the New Missionary Baptist Church of Tampa, FL and expose it for what it is: a greedy, ghoulish, gang of cutthroats who will carve out a pound of gold from the torn bodies seeking repose and understanding. Those who believe in the rights and liberties of all people must contact the Internal Revenue Service and protest that this vitriolic vengeance-filled vehicle of vice lose its tax exempt status and that its congregation be exposed for the hypocrisy that it is. For them to claim to be following church law shows that their carnal craven church has never met Jesus or any other compassionate soul, ignoring Matthew 7:1 and the rubrics of righteous tolerance and denying nothing. Even Jesus ate with what society thought were sinners and Jesus walked among all people. This predatory pastor makes yet another attack upon people of faith and exposes his cloven feet and forked tongue. Its address is 3005 E Ellicott St, Tampa, FL 33610 you can reach its profiteering pastor at +1 813-236-3611 and ask how their “divine mission of love” (from its website) includes so much hate.

    • commented 2014-08-10 14:36:38 -0400
      It’s funny that these pastors ministers a priest can always talk about someone being gay when they’re the ones that always caught molesting little boys.

    • commented 2014-08-10 12:38:20 -0400
      Deplorable actions from an organization that claims love, forgiveness, compassion, and humility. The pastor didn’t do this to the deceased, he did it to his family and friends.

    • commented 2014-08-10 04:38:05 -0400
      In 2005, the Bishop of San Diego felt the same way… San Diego Catholic Bishop Denies Funeral To Gay Man
      The Nation – In Brief
      March 19, 2005

      SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s Roman Catholic bishop has denied funeral rites to a gay man, citing a clash with the church’s moral teachings. John McCusker, 31, who owned a bar and a dance club popular with gays, died Sunday. Arrangements had been made to hold funeral services at the Immaculata Catholic Church at the University of San Diego. But San Diego Bishop Robert Brom decided none of the 98 Catholic churches in the area could provide funeral rites for McCusker. “His business is adult entertainment, which is inconsistent with Catholic teaching,” Chancellor Rodrigo Valdivia said.

    • commented 2014-08-09 21:40:19 -0400
      The “pastor” at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church has proven he is not a follower of Jesus. Jesus forbade people to judge others (Matthew 7:1). It is evil evangelicals like the pastor that makes me proud to have renounced this blatant form of religious extremism and urge all voters to demand that the tax exempt status of such charlatan groups as New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, FL be reviewed by the IRS and that the IRS remove its tax exempt status. New Hope Missionary Baptist Church is the spokesman of evil and hate, not love and compassion. Ignore vile vitriol voyaging from the church pulpit and put it behind you.

    • commented 2014-08-09 18:43:15 -0400
      Thanks for this follow-up. Also happy to have my photo comment posted. Love your page.

    • commented 2014-08-09 17:55:35 -0400
      Such evilness of the church and pastor that did this too a great family. May God punish you and your followers in the name of Jesus Christ Amen!!!!!!!

    • commented 2014-08-09 16:43:22 -0400
      Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Perhaps this pastor needs reminding what being christian really means.

    • commented 2014-08-09 13:44:51 -0400
      The actions of this pastor is equivical to the actions of Westboro Baptist Church picketing funerals. This pastor needs to have his Christianity card revoked…. this is not the actions that my Lord and Saviour would embrace. Shame on you! Prayers for the family….

    • commented 2014-08-09 12:53:43 -0400
      Back2Stonewall.com covered the story also and included the church’s contact info if anyone wants it. http://www.back2stonewall.com/2014/08/florida-baptist-church-cancels-mans-funeral-at-the-last-minute-after-they-find-out-he-was-gay.html

    • commented 2014-08-09 12:04:49 -0400
      Do unto others which you wish to be done to you. They showed hate, bigotry and an extremely harmful lack of compassion for the grieving families, using their God’s judgement as their own to justify them doing such a horrendous act, completely forgetting that it is not on them to judge and act upon that judgement, but to treat their fellow man as they would treat themselves and leave the judgement to their God Himself.

    • commented 2014-08-09 08:51:57 -0400
      He is not the man of God he claims to be. Thanks for posting this. I often wonder what happens after the report of dumbassary.

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