Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Very Rugged Cross At Mt. Calvary

After reading this, people might start calling this blog nothing less than a gossip resource. But don't get mad at me...I'm not making the headlines. I just report the headlines.

Today's news just got troublesome for one of the biggest mega-churches in the Washington, D.C. area - Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church - headed by Bishop Alfred Owens, Jr. and the highly-charismatic and popular preacher Co-Pastor Susie Owens. And it's all because of a female choir member who probably hungers to be the next Wendy Williams. In an e-mail sent out to the pastor in December and January, the undisclosed choir member decided to out more than 100 church members and staff of a number of the church's choirs; accusing them to be homosexuals. The names were mostly male choir members.

In one of her emails, she states that she "will be leaving the choir at the top of the year because eighty percent of the tenors are homosexual and act more like a female in choir rehearsal than I do." She released a second email on Jan 2, after her first email identified 45 church members as gay, releasing another 62 church members - with both first and last names attached.

Precautionary actions within the church have been made - coming from Owens - as he met with all of the members mentioned in the first e-mail. According to a Washington Blade article - a popular DC gay newspaper, an unidentified male forwarded the email to them and also acknowledged that Owens "wanted to help people who wanted help to not be gay and that he was willing to help anybody change from being gay." Gay activists are appalled by the emails and are pursuing to make headlines with this story.

By the way, this is not the first time Greater Mount Calvary has made news headlines. In April 2006, homophobic remarks were made By Bishop Alfred Owens, using the words "faggot" and "sissy", during his Palm Sunday sermon.

You all don't want to hear my "two cents" on this matter. So I will conclude the article with these wise words: "If you have such a problem with homosexuals being in your church, why did you let them in your membership." And to the concerned choir member with the Wendy Williams spirit: "Was that an act of holiness? If you don't like where you are, go another direction. If you don't like a business, just stop going to it. That's what I believe.

And don't yall email me for the original copy of the emails. That's just down right messy!

Outing campaign roils black church (Washington Blade)
Mt. Calvary Has A New Cross (PRAYZE Report)

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