Although Christianity is prominent in our country, it, as an institution, does not promote hatred or assaults against the Homosexual community. In fact, where I live in Los Angeles, I have found many Christians who are open with the idea and are helping to support our fight for equality. Unfortunately, this is not the case at Grace Fellowship Church in Fruitland, TN.
This story is much deeper and goes far beyond the fact that the Pastor was unable to accept the gay men coming to his congregation due to his religious and moral beliefs. I believe that because one of these men, Jerry Pittman, Jr., was his son is what truly ignited his anger and hatred.
After Pittman Jr.’s father had yelled to many of the deacons and congregation members, “Sick ‘em,” he recollects the attack on himself and his boyfriend:
“My uncle and two other deacons came over to the car per my dad’s request. My uncle smashed me in the door as the other deacon knocked my boyfriend back so he couldn’t help me, punching him in his face and his chest. The other deacon came and hit me through my car window in my back.”
Even after the attack and police officers on the scene, many people continued to verbally abuse the young gay couple with vicious homosexual verbiage. No one stepped in and did the right thing, no one protected these young men who were coming to worship the same God that has acceptance for all his “children”, and even the police officers refused the victims the right to press charges against their attackers.
Jerry Pittman Jr. and his boyfriend, Dustin Lee, have since filed charges against two of the men who beat them as well as Pastor Jerry Pittman. A hearing has been scheduled in Gibson County Court for Tuesday, October 4th.
This pastor is a disgraceful human being that doesn’t deserve a brave young man to carry on his name. If God did exist (I’m sorry, but I do not believe he does), I highly doubt that he would forgive a sin as heinous as this one. You are a bad example of faith and religion and make true, honest, accepting Christians look bad in the eyes of many. Luckily, there are plenty more Christians out there who do not accept nor defend your actions in regards to you SON and his boyfriend. Grow up and be a better example of what the Bible tries to teach as far as morality, forgiveness and understanding is concerned.