Thursday, October 2, 2014

Louisiana Church Kicks Out "Alcoholics Anonymous" Group over Fears of Gay Weddings

The leadership at Westwood Baptist Church in Keithville, LA, is terribly concerned about being forced to allow gay weddings within the church. As a result, they decided to kick out a local Alcoholics Anonymous group from their church in an effort to push back against the homos:
Dear AA Members:
As I am sure you are aware, God’s church, his written word, and its values and principles have come under a constant and aggressive attack from the homosexual and lesbian community.  Churches and Christian businesses alike, across our nation, are being forced, by our legal system, to accommodate these groups in the use of their buildings/facilities to perform marriage ceremonies, receptions, etc. The court’s decision was based on the fact that the Churches/businesses were accepting and accommodating other public entities, and therefore must also accommodate the homosexual and lesbian community.
Therefore, in following with the recommendations of our state and national conventions, it is with great regret that we (the members of Westwood Baptist Church) must inform you that use of our church facilities will no longer be available to you and your organization beginning October 1, 2014.
We are thankful for the time that was afforded to us; and your organization and will continue to lift you; and your group up in our prayers.
Thank you for your understanding in this unfortunate matter.
God bless,
Bro. David Veneble- Pastor
Bro. Tim Tipton- Master of Admin./Edu.
The church has also rewritten its bylaws so that only church members can utilize church space.

Which is well within its rights.

They just seem misinformed. I mean, churches are free to allow or disallow any wedding that they want. That was true yesterday. It's true today. They can refuse to allow weddings of divorced members. They can refuse to allow weddings of former members. They can refuse to allow weddings of non-members. They can refuse to allow weddings of mixed-religious couples. They can refuse to allow weddings of interracial couples. It's all legal.

That didn't change ten years ago when same-sex couples began legally marrying in Massachusetts or five years ago when same-sex couples began legally marrying in Iowa; etc...

But it's always fun to take random civil and court challenges to different laws in different states and pretend that you are the victim of gay marauders.

Hopefully, the various AA members have found new locations to work on maintaining their sobirety. And hopefully they will be informed enough to recognize that they weren't kicked out because of "the homosexual and lesbian community."


Katy Anders said...

See that? The gays are the reason we can't have anything nice!

I wonder if they could try and cite an example of this country of a church being "forced" to do a gay wedding. One...

Jon said...

Hi Katy! Good to see you again! :)

The example being used is a 5- or 6-year-old New Jersey case involving a Methodist church that ran a beachfront pavilion for businesses and weddings and such. They received a special fund from the state and that required them to serve the public. They didn't want to allow a lesbian civil union ceremony at the pavilion and got in trouble. They discontinued receiving the state grant and they were suddenly free to discriminate against gays again.