The August Drumbeat

From Marvin Olasky and

“Should biblical churches host gay-glorifying funerals? Should evangelical politics move leftward? Many news organs give us one answer: Yes!

The lead of an Aug. 11 Associated Press story seemed to expose a clear case of homophobia: “A megachurch canceled a memorial service for a Navy veteran 24 hours before it was to start because the deceased was gay.”

The story stated that officials at High Point Church in Arlington, Texas, offered to host the service for a gay janitor who wasn’t a church member but had worked there — only to say no when his obituary listed a life partner. The deceased’s sister said, “It’s a slap in the face.”

The AP story did quote the church’s pastor’s concern that the service would promote the gay lifestyle. That quotation was a throwback to the old AP style of trying to present both sides equally, but the new AP is politically correct, and the overall slant of this story was clear: Christians lack compassion.

A Dallas Morning News story was more nuanced. It noted that the issue was not the deceased’s unrepentant homosexuality but that “his friends and family wanted that part of his life to be a significant part of the service.”

The church offered to pay for a different venue, and sent over food and a multimedia presentation of photos of the janitor’s life, minus the gay-glorifying images his friends and family had wanted to include. The Dallas Morning News story ended with a querying note about whether there’s any way to prevent such disputes.”

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