May 15, 2006


Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr. of Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church on Rhode Island Avenue NE in a sermon titled Fan or Follower! preached the gospel that states "real men" in the eyes of Lord Jesus are heterosexual.

"It takes a real man to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. I’m not talking about no faggot or no sissy,” said Owens on a church tape recording according to CityPaper. Breeders: “You ain’t funny, and you ain’t cranky, but you’re straight."

Ownes went on to urge all the heteros to come forward during the sermon. "Come on down here and walk around and praise God that you are straight. Thank him that you’re straight. All the straight men that’s proud to be a Christian, that’s proud to be a man of God!"

Yikes! Rather than getting all in a huff about this, there is a simple response we suggest. On the church website, one can "submit [a] prayer request" as long as the request is "400 characters or less." We suggest, not necessarily in order, asking for a prayer for deliverance, salvation, a brand new car or tolerance among the congregants of Mt. Calvary Holy Church. Your pick.

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