A Washington DC church faces a serious schism after the Washington Blade published some very unJesus like emails from an irate choir member to their pastor, Bishop Alfred Owens Jr. The woman, who has not been identified, tells Owens that she can no longer attend the church because of all the queers in the choir. She also took it upon herself to out 107 church members. From The Blade:
The outings added to the inner turmoil experienced by a large number of gays who attend services at the 7,000-member Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church, located on Rhode Island Ave., N.E., according to a gay former member who provided copies of the e-mails to the Blade.
â€œI will be leaving the choir at the top of the year because 80 percent of the tenors are homosexuals and act more like a female in choir rehearsal than I do,â€ the church choir member said in one of her e-mails to Bishop Alfred Owens Jr., the church pastor.
The e-mail, sent in December, identifies about 45 fellow church members as gay. She sent a second e-mail to Owens on Jan. 2 identifying another 62 church members as gay.
â€œThe following people I am asking you to monitor very closely and my prayer is that you will sit them down from their ministries,â€ she told Owens in the December e-mail. â€œBecause they are ushering in the presence of sin, lies, a spirit of homosexuality and sexual spirits.â€
No doubt Owens appreciated the heads up – he’s got a long history of homophobia, including saying that real men, not faggots, can love Jesus.
The National Black Justice Coalition released a statement blasting Owen and his ilk: “We know that many of the gays that go there like the traditional setting of a church like that. It tears at your soul.”