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Outrage over Easter service cancellation

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.

Said Starnes:

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

16 responses to “Outrage over Easter service cancellation”

  1. barriejohn says:

    I was an evangelical Christian. I suffered from anxiety and depression, was addicted to diazepam, and eventually had a nervous breakdown. Was I the only one to undergo such an experience? Was I heck!

  2. Broga says:

    I like the following piece of fantasy, including a “quick reading” of the NT. Better read it quickly and selectively or he will discover things he doesn’t want to know. And I think “documented reports” is just too funny to be read with a straight face.

    “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.”

  3. Angela_K says:

    Pot-kettle-black! Yet we have Yoga classes banned from church halls because they are unchristian. Bloody christians want it all their way.

  4. Hugh Janus says:

    Girl guides banned from village hall by christian bigots because they changed their pledge….and the diffence is what exactly?

  5. Hugh Janus says:

    A bigotted CoE vicar would not allow me to get married in Stoke Bruerne church because I was a divorcee. The nasty bony arsed deluded mean spirited Rev Cave knew nothing about the circumstances of the divorce. .. And knew nothing about being a thinking caring person. He just wanted to exercise his own narrow minded power over ordinary people. He is dead now, and I rejoiced on the day he expired in the knowledge that the world is a better place with one less pious arrogant self righteous christian werewolf. And it’s a shame there isn’t a hell for him to be eternally suffering in. So the godly better face up to the fact that they are loosing their power over those of us who no not need divine permissions.Time to grow up xtians.

  6. John the Drunkard says:

    ‘There are documented reports of giving sight to the blind, healing a leper and even raising someone from the dead.’

    Someone needs to learn the difference between ‘documented’ and ‘claimed.’

    The pastor can be excused for ignorance, consider the source, but the hospital should never have offered him space in the first place. Yes, even in the Confederacy separation of Church and State is STILL the law. Ever since we taught them a lesson in 1865.

  7. Trevor Blake says:

    Here is my quick reading of the Bible on the subject of health. Christians must “take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:18)

    Well, go right ahead.

  8. Me says:

    Always beware of news delivered by heavily made up over coiffed bimbo airhead dental models wearing short strappy dresses. Never mind the objectivity … gawp at the broad.

  9. Marky Mark says:

    (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.)

    …delusional!

    Lets not forget the hundreds, maybe thousands, that were also raised from the dead along with Jesus Easter Weekend. Funny how no historians ever mention such an important event, nor had any of the families of the deceased mentioned seeing them again.
    “Did I ever tell you about the time great, great grandma rose from the dead, along with everyone else in town who had ever died…don’t know what happened to them after that weekend!)

  10. barriejohn says:

    Marky Mark: I linked to the following the other day.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/godlessindixie/2015/03/29/the-greatest-story-never-told/

    It’s something which always bothered me as a Christian. Why did only Matthew mention this amazing event? Why didn’t it have a salutary effect on the residents of Jerusalem? Why the surprise that one man, Jesus, should be missing from his tomb after this remarkable event? What happened to all these resurrected people afterwards? (Accepted wisdom used to be that they ascended into heaven when Jesus did – something else which would surely have amazed people!) In what form did they appear, and what age were they? Did they wear clothes (and what fashion?) and did they eat, drink and go to the toilet? It’s pure nonsense, isn’t it?

  11. sailor1031 says:

    Faux News is indulging yet another opportunity to demonstrate how christians are being persecuted in the USA even in the religious heartland of Mississippi; – “you would expect this sort of thing at Berkeley” obviously because they are all christian-hating atheists there in California.

  12. Cali Ron says:

    @sailor 1031:
    Guilty as charged-I am a christianity hating atheists. Frankly, I’m pleasantly surprised that UMMC did the right thing. Cue christians crying and gnashing their teeth over their persecution.

    According to the “bubble headed bleach blond who comes on at five” (She’s a perfect stereotype) “Being healthy is not just free of disease and injury, it’s being able to get good sleep, being low stress, talking to God.” So only people who talk to god are healthy? If god talks back are they still healthy? Or are they mentally deranged? No, just christians.

  13. Peterat says:

    Until the church in question, or any church for that matter, allows the teaching of evolution, “creationism”, immunization, women’s rights, in-vetro fertilization or a myriad of other uncomfortable subjects in their buildings they should not be extended the privelege of using secular/public institutions to propogate their nonsense.

  14. dennis says:

    I have some friends who home school . I worry about their education and social development. I have sporadic conversations with the children and have noticed at some level none have questioning minds. I have had conversations with the parents about social development and I get o” they go one day a week to the church and mingle and the parents act like its the greatest thing in the world. scares heaven and hell of me .