Outrage over Easter service cancellation
When the University of Mississippi Medical Centre cancelled an Easter service because its policy is to host only health-related events, Fox News’s Anna Kooiman, above, was outraged and insisted that religion is health related.
Well, last time I checked, your spirituality is part of your health. Being healthy is not just free of disease and injury, it’s being able to get good sleep, being low stress, talking to God.
Here’s the lowdown: At the end of January Roderick Richardson, pastor of The Word Center Church in Jackson, Mississippi, booked the university’s conference centre for a big Easter service. On March 27 the university abruptly canceled the contract and told the church they would not be allowed to use their facility.
They told me the climate at UMMC was not conducive for us to have a service at the facility. They were afraid IHL [the State Institutions of Higher Learning] might come and say something about a church having a service.
We’re not angry at them because we are Christians. We’re just a little frustrated that this particular institution did not keep its word.
Marc Rolph, a spokesman for UMMC, confirmed they canceled the church’s contract – a week and two days before Easter Sunday. He told Fox News’s Todd Starnes:
It was unfortunate that the timing of the cancellation was so close to (the) date of the event.
He said the booking should never have been made in the first place because they only allow their facilities to be used by health-related organisations.
The event is not health related and thus is not compliant with our policy. It was deemed not within the guidelines of our policy and could not be allowed. The church was immediately notified.
Pastor Richardson told Starnes he feels like David battling Goliath.
There’s a strong argument to make that the church does meet the UMMC’s guidelines of being a health-related organization.
A quick reading of the New Testament indicates our Lord was in the healing business. There are documented reports of giving sight to the blind, healing a leper and even raising someone from the dead.
I’m not too sure the Great Physician would be all that thrilled with the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
According to this report, he added:
You would expect this kind of thing to happen at, like, UC Berkley. But we’re talking about the University of Mississippi here, for goodness sakes.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn