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Florida Pastor Sticks By Decision Canceling Man's Funeral Because He Was Gay: VIDEO

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The Tampa pastor who created a firestorm last week after it was revealed he had canceled a man's funeral after discovering the man was gay and married isn't backing away from his actions, saying that the 'trials' his church is facing in the public eye have "come to make us stronger."

Florida station WTSP went to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church service on Sunday to ask Rev. T.W. Jenkins about what happened. The station was initially not allowed into the building, but were permitted to enter at a later time. In the video, Jenkins can bee seen talking about his family's well-being and thanking his congregation for their prayers.

"My family is doing fine," he said to claps from the audience. "Church family please remain focused and prayerful ... and we will continue to stand on the word of God."

The Reverend and church's concern for the family of the gay man? Not so much..

Watch WTSP's reports, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: autoplay)


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  1. typical selfish response.

    a family expresses a galling lack of humanity from an outlet that should be there to AID THEM during their time of sadness and mourning - and the people responsible for inflicting pain and emotional hurt on them end up saying "we the haters are doing just fine, thanks for all your prayers that you sent to us in this trying time when we're being criticized for showing hatred in a time of another's family's pain"

    what a hideous man, with a hideous family and a heinous congregation.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 11, 2014 11:47:31 AM

  2. Big ol' vicious closet queen.

    (sigh) well, this AINT nothin' new throughout evangelical Christendome (did I spell that right?)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 11, 2014 11:52:47 AM

  3. Narcissistic fat pig. In other words, your typical Christian conman.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 11, 2014 12:00:18 PM

  4. i'm just sick of their selfish mentality. it's amazing how they only care about themselves. rob portman - the GOP senator who, two years after his son came out, decided that he would support marriage equality. then goes on and on about how "it's going to make his career as a republican politician more difficult"

    no real consideration as to how his career as a republican politician has, you know, made life more difficult for his son and the millions of other LGBT people.

    a family loses a son. where's the grace? where's the love? where's the approach Christ, scripturally, is supposed to implore people to take? it's not there. this church is just about hate. and, likely, filling this bigot's pockets.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 11, 2014 12:02:01 PM

  5. I can only hope that Rev Jenkins has his own funeral very soon.

    Posted by: Doug | Aug 11, 2014 12:03:23 PM

  6. Dead people are not gay or straight. They're dead. This conman isn't even a good minister in his own world because if he had the funeral in his church, he could have used the opportunity to preach his stupidity to a captive audience that would not normally have attended his church. So fail by societal standards and fail within the realms of his own beliefs. Idiot.

    Posted by: Chadd | Aug 11, 2014 12:15:56 PM

  7. "at their own church". The news reporter got that part wrong. Neither the men nor the mother were members of this church. Her own pastor had agreed to conduct the funeral, but her church was not big enough, so that's when they approached New Hope Miscreants Baptist Church. It's not just this minister, but the congregation who are Miscreants for Christ. It was members of the congregation who saw the obituary and told the minister they didn't want the funeral in their church.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 11, 2014 12:16:36 PM

  8. I think it's fair to say that New Hope has No Hope.

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 11, 2014 12:18:32 PM

  9. @Dastius...you need to show proof of this..just because you say/writ it does not mean is true...

    BTW that pastor looks so angry and miserable that's religion for you...

    Posted by: Me | Aug 11, 2014 12:24:26 PM

  10. The patrons on this church should find another church who teaches love for all of gods children. (If you believe in that sort of thing)

    Posted by: Frogview | Aug 11, 2014 12:29:55 PM

  11. @ME:

    [After Evans' tragic death, his mother asked her pastor to preach the funeral service. He said he would, but that his church was not spacious enough to accommodate the hundreds of loved ones from across the country who were expected to attend. So they asked New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, which has larger facilities, for permission to hold Evans' funeral there.

    The church agreed and the date was set... but the publication of Evans' obituary in the local paper changed everything.

    Evans' obituary listed Capers as his husband -- because, of course, he was. But when New Hope parishioners saw that their church would be hosting the funeral of a married gay man, they called Pastor T.W. Jenkins to complain.


    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 11, 2014 12:31:15 PM

  12. @Little Kiwi - exactly my first thought: "*My* family is doing fine"!!! Who asked him about *his* family?!

    That, and what a very very large and sadly tax-free building he's using to further his bigotry.

    Posted by: Vint | Aug 11, 2014 12:32:05 PM


    thank you so much for your follow-up on this story and what actually happened.


    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 11, 2014 12:39:41 PM

  14. "Continue to stand on the word of God," huh? If you're a Christian, you must believe that Jesus Christ is the Word of God:

    "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14.

    Jesus's entire life was example after example of compassion showed to those who were rejected by others. What this pastor and this "church" did was as far from the Word of God as you could possibly get.

    No wonder so many people have come to reject Christianity.

    Posted by: SeattleMike | Aug 11, 2014 12:41:23 PM

  15. So much for the "Nope Baptist Church" espousing a true Christ-like accommodation of the deceased's family. Neither the pastor nor the church are really Christian; however, they are Baptist and big believers in the Old Testament which was written by mortal men in ancient times and with each Old AND New Testament book's acceptance an Biblical inclusion then decided on by various religious groups. The Bible was NOT written by God.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Aug 11, 2014 12:42:17 PM

  16. False prophet. False god.

    Posted by: Ted | Aug 11, 2014 12:42:25 PM

  17. That doesn't strengthen the church's case at all. So there were asked to rent out their space. That's it. Nobody there had to participate in any ceremony. It was a simple business transaction without any religious significance whatsoever.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 11, 2014 12:48:37 PM

  18. Religion does not make us better human beings. It does not make our world a better place. Incidents like this and others much more serious and with graver consequences have proven that time and time again.

    Posted by: sy | Aug 11, 2014 12:53:29 PM

  19. "Biblical inclusion then decided on by various religious groups. The Bible was NOT written by God."
    In the Old Testament, there is no inclusion. It is the "words of god" spoken to a particular race. Their god is a self-righteous and vengeful SOB.
    Not only was it not written by "god", the Gospels were written by some charlatans who got most the things wrong.

    Posted by: simon | Aug 11, 2014 12:56:59 PM

  20. Gosh, this pastor, it seems to me, is quite mentally ill. His family needs to seek professional psychiatric counseling and treatment for him. Pity the poor people in his congregation. Well, anyway, he's gotten his self in the national spotlight to gain attention.

    Posted by: rickky | Aug 11, 2014 12:59:11 PM

  21. More validation that "Christian" is just another word for fearful bigot.

    Posted by: John | Aug 11, 2014 1:01:38 PM

  22. Oh, one more thing about pastor: It would be so nice, if he has children, to hear from them, "Dad, mom, I am gay". Wonder if they would continue to love them as before after they revealed this news to him?

    Posted by: rickky | Aug 11, 2014 1:05:34 PM

  23. "Not only was it not written by "god", the Gospels were written by some charlatans who got most the things wrong".

    And half of the New Testament was written by a zealot claiming to speak for God. Paul was the first in a long line that includes Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Franklin Graham.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 11, 2014 1:20:05 PM

  24. @ DASTIUS KRAZITAUC thanx...and my apologies if I'd seem rude..

    we just get a lot of this commentators saying stuff without giving a link or whatnot..

    I've been reading a lot about this and that article is the first that i know of that mentions this..


    Posted by: Me | Aug 11, 2014 1:26:02 PM

  25. I thought gluttony was a sin. Does that mean that his church will deny him a funeral?

    Posted by: TomTallis | Aug 11, 2014 1:35:58 PM

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