A gay church in Louisville, Ky appears to have accomplished a dubious first…even for a gay church. The City of Refuge Worship Center ordained Mark Hourigan who in 1998 sodomized an 11 year old boy and served prison time. Following his release, he had to register as a lifetime sex offender.
The story was covered by WHAS TV. You can see the video here. The reporter said there was no law in Kentucky barring a sex offender from becoming a minister as long as he complies with the rules of the church granting his/her credentials. That’s scary and shocking. This man, if released could do the same thing.
There are so many things wrong with this, I really don’t know where to begin.
Perhaps we can just detox the entire bizarre affair with a few questions.
1. Should a registered sex offender ever qualified to be ordained? Any bible to support your yes or no?
2. Should the law be changed to prohibit registered sex offenders from receiving church credentials?
Keep in mind this is a gay church to begin with so it really is a convoluted mess. Its interesting how the pastor legitimizes the idea that the man can be a reformed child sex convict, but they reject any notion of a person being delivered from homosexuality.