Jamie Swinnerton's post about the cancellation of Vanessa Collier's funeral after the pastor learned photos of her proposal to her lesbian partner would be shared generated a big response, with readers roughly split between those excoriating the decision as heartless and homophobic and others who support the church's rights based on Biblical interpretation. Here are a pair of comments that represent opposing points of view.
Alexander Martinez writes:
You'd think that lesbians would know that churches don't look so kindly at homosexuality, and would choose to take their memorials (and money) elsewhere. What makes America so great is the fact that you can start your own lesbian funeral home that buries whomever you'd please.
These comments are both ignorant and nauseating. YES indeed, the church has a long history of having its values "go out the window" when money is concerned, go read up on "indulgences." And for those of you busily judging your fellow citizens for being sinful, ask yourself, do you not deserves to worship God and receive His blessing despite YOUR sins? These women felt that they wanted a ceremony according to their beliefs - why would God not want to consummate that need? It's only the humans and their rotten church that corrupt the true and unconditional love of Christ with this sort of hateful judgement and separation. You should be ashamed of yourselves for glorifying the church and its corrupt dogma over the ecstatic beauty of the love of God that this couple was trying to express.
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.