10-22-2012, 06:44 PM #1
N.C. man says church confined him for being gay
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 22-year-old man has accused his former Rutherford County church of holding him for four months against his will while he was physically and emotionally abused because he is gay.
Michael Lowry filed a complaint in February against Word of Faith Fellowship Church, a nondenominational Christian congregation in Spindale that has made national headlines with some of its practices.
In a statement given to a sheriff’s department investigator last week, Lowry said he was kept in a church building from Aug. 1 to Nov. 19, 2011. He said he was knocked unconscious during his first day of confinement.
Lowry’s former pastor, Jane Whaley, said Sunday that all of his allegations are “lies.”...............
Rutherford County District Attorney Brad Greenway said the case is being investigated and it’s too early to say if it will reach a grand jury.
“We’ll continue to investigate, talk to some other people, and then make a decision,” he said Sunday.......
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10-22-2012, 06:49 PM #2
If true, this is absolutely barbaric.“Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all." -Abp Oscar Romero
10-22-2012, 06:54 PM #3
While wondering if it's true or not, if one even thinks, "I would not be surprised," it is an indication of feelings of the injurious backwardness in portions of the religious community.
10-22-2012, 07:05 PM #4
True. And I do believe it's probably true, because there ARE religious communities where it would not surprise me in the least to hear of this happening, sadly.
And reading more about this group, they sound more like a cult than any kind of "mainstream" religion.
And of course, mainstream religion itself has problems in its treatment of lgbt folks.
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