A church in Tennessee has taken its bigotry and intolerance to a whole new level. After a woman in that town won her battle for same-sex partner benefits, the church is kicking out her parents and even her extended family if they don’t repent of their “sin” of supporting her.
Leaders at Ridgedale Church of Christ met in private with Kat Cooper’s mother, aunt and uncle on Sunday after the regular worship service. They were given an ultimatum: They could repent for their sins and ask forgiveness in front of the congregation. Or leave the church.
“My mother was up here and she sat beside me. That’s it,” said Kat Cooper. “Literally, they’re exiling members for unconditionally loving their children — and even extended family members.”
But the family’s support of Kat Cooper was as good as an endorsement of homosexuality, said Ken Willis, minister at Ridgedale Church of Christ.
“The sin would be endorsing that lifestyle,” Willis said. “The Bible speaks very plainly about that.”
One can only hope that it will convince the family that the church they have so long belonged to is full of assholes and that their religious views condone such assholeishness.