Houston church forbade a Jewish lesbian to help the hurricane victims

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A woman who volunteered at a church to help families devastated by Hurricane Harvey has been rejected as the church found out about her sexuality and faith. The Calvary Church in Friendswood, Texas, called for volunteers to help at the food bank at the church for thousands of people whose houses were damaged by the hurricane. Carmen Hix decided to take a week off work and donate $500 worth of food to the church in order to help, but the church pastor claimed she was unable to do so anymore because she is not Christian and moreover, she is a lesbian. “I thought they wanted to talk to me about further volunteer efforts,” Hix told OutSmart. “I was so unprepared for the conversation that ensued.” In a Facebook post, Hix recounted how the pastor called her into his office to question why she ended every prayer with ‘shalom’. She replied that she was Jewish and the pastor told her to leave and not come back, she complained to the church and was invited back in. She accepted the invite, believing that she would be apologised to, but instead when she was returned the pastor began to question her over her sexuality. The pastor then reportedly told Hix that he ‘can’t let you represent our church, as being a Lesbian is a sin’. The church have since released a statement about the incident and claimed that it occurred over miscommunication. In the statement, they wrote that they invited Hix and her partner of 20 years to join a service. It read: “For the last twenty-six years, our heart at Calvary Houston has been to reach out and share the love of Christ to all people, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, etc.,” but this time she refused. Jews and Christians believe in the same God and lesbianism is not mentioned in the Bible.

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