Funerals are for the living to provide a time to grieve their loss, provide closure and to say goodbye to loved ones. For many Christians, dogma comes before compassion and wanting to comfort the living. I wonder how many people walked away from religion after hearing about this story. I am certain that many who have been "fence-sitting" have turned their back on the church in exactly the same way the church turned their back on this man's family and friends. But the family should realize, they don't NEED organized religion, or religion at all for that matter. Screw the bigots and the self-righteous who put their dogma ahead of human beings! People, whether you believe in a god or not, can have meaningful memorial gatherings without the help those who don't give a shit anyway.
Church learns vet was gay, cancels memorial
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.
“It’s a slap in the face. It’s like, ’Oh, we’re sorry he died, but he’s gay so we can’t help you,”’ she said Friday.MORE . . .