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I have patronized very few churches in the Metropolitan Washington Area, but I wish I had been present to hear and receive the message that Alfred A. Owens gave. I wish I had firsthand knowledge of what his speech was and a grasp of the actual intentions of his sermon. However, not being there, I found myself wondering what place the words “sissy” and “faggot” have in a place of worship. What was he thinking? Although Owens might have gotten caught up in the moment during his sermon, I can only say that I was disappointed and contemplated adding his church onto a string of churches I have no desire of attending or returning to. I firmly believe that a public figure should use some degree of care, professionalism, and preparation before stating his opinion before the public. Truthfully speaking, there should never be a time or place for derogatory words. The church is supposed to uplift and encourage individuals, from all walks of life, to come forth and receive Bible-based knowledge and encouragement. It should not be a platform for a gay-bashing agenda.

Who is to say that the straight lifestyle is so perfect or trouble-free, when divorce rates have gone through the roof, when persons lead double lives with various lovers and commit the down-low, adultery, molestation, murder, rape, incest, and a long list of crimes. Need I say more? People with glass windows should never throw stones at those who seek Bible-based knowledge and spirituality, regardless of their lifestyles. I am a firm believer that if we spend more time investing in our own lives and our future, we wouldn’t have time to beat up the gay life. It is a job trying to live, breathe, and survive in American society. I don’t like what Owens said, according to your story, but he does have a right to exercise free speech, preach the Gospel, and run his church as he sees fit. However, I have a right not to subject myself to any language that stabs at the integrity of persons who have many battles to fight outside of the church, just to find one more door closing in on them. In closing, this is my opinion, and I can speak it if I want to.

Manor Park