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Remarks by a pastor who presided over the July 27 funeral service for Lashai Mclean, a transgender woman who was shot to death in D.C. last month, prompted as many as 100 people in attendance to walk out of the church in protest, according to activists who were present.

“Basically, he said that God let her get killed so that people could get saved,” said D.C. gay activist and comedian Sampson McCormack, who attended the service. “And that came after somebody, I think it was a deacon, said when you live a certain lifestyle this is the consequence you have to pay.”

McCormack and D.C. resident Arriel Horton said they knew Mclean and were among more than 300 people attending her funeral service at Purity Baptist Church near Capitol Hill.

McCormack and Horton told the Blade that a sermon delivered by Rev. A.W. Montgomery Sr., pastor of Agape Missionary Baptist Church in Suitland, Md., who presided over the funeral service, offended many of those in attendance, including many of Mclean’s transgender friends.

The two also said friends of Mclean became angry when clergy and others speaking at the service referred to Mclean as “he.” McCormack said many in the audience responded by shouting the word “she.”

Rev. A.W. Montgomery Sr., Washington Blade 71 Comments [8/5/2011 3:59:16 AM]
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Doctor Whom


8/5/2011 4:09:13 AM

Percy Q. Shunn


8/5/2011 4:14:50 AM

loki

I would have walked to the coffin with 5 others before they were done with their insults and carried her out away from that peace of shit

8/5/2011 4:15:15 AM

Gypsin

you'd think the people they send to do the speech at a funeral would be people who actually fucking cared about the deceased. christ, i hope my family doesn't take my body to a church when i die and let some smugass pastor pass judgement on my life. that's one of the things that bugs me about this. 300 people there and only 100 walked out. so what? only 100 people there actually respected/accepted her sexuality? what the fuck did the other 200 people show up for? to make sure she was dead?

8/5/2011 4:24:13 AM

shykid

...dude, wow, just wow.

You stay classy, Reverend.

8/5/2011 4:26:41 AM

Mrs. Antichrist

Vulturing someone at their own funeral. Classy.

8/5/2011 4:39:58 AM

aaa

I find this situation completely predictable.

8/5/2011 4:41:23 AM



Doctor Whom and Percy have illustrated the old adage that a picture paints a thousand words. Can't really add much more. Because I am rendered near speechless by the callousness of this bastard.

8/5/2011 4:43:35 AM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

A funeral is a time to honor the memory of the deceased NOT to demonize them. It takes a truly disturbed person to taint such an occasion by spewing hate filled judgements. Just shows us who the real monsters are.

8/5/2011 4:54:50 AM

Dark_Lord_Prime

Am I the only one who finds it ironically humorous that the pastor who was passing judgement on her life is from a church called "Agape Missionary?"

8/5/2011 4:58:26 AM

Man Called True

@Gypsin: Everyone shows respect in their own ways. Maybe the other two hundred thought it'd be more respectful to the deceased to stay there and make sure at least a few people who cared about her wishes shared the room with her.

As for the pastor... Wow. Yet another "She was punished for her SINS! Praise Jesus!" parrot.

If God and the afterlife is real, just before He drops you into the lake of fire, you're going to yell at him, "But I served you for my entire life!"

And God will answer back, "To serve me is to love and honor all my creatures. You served yourself."

8/5/2011 5:02:07 AM

D Laurier

And this sort of hatefull shit is exactly why religion should be taxed and regulated

8/5/2011 5:34:23 AM

dionysus

Even the vultures are sickened by your behavior. At least what they do cleans up the environment a bit.

8/5/2011 5:41:50 AM

Raised by Horses

Why not just piss on her grave while you're at it?

Ludicrous. Not to mention unbelievably disrespectful.


@Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

But religion is the only source for morality! Without it we wouldn't know right from wrong!

8/5/2011 5:50:50 AM

Doubting Thomas

The funeral was held in a Baptist church. What did they expect, love, tolerance, and understanding?

8/5/2011 5:53:22 AM

Mister Spak

“Basically, he said that God let her get killed so that people could get saved,”

Basically, god did the same thing with Martin Luther King.

8/5/2011 6:03:07 AM

John

“Basically, he said that God let her get killed so that people could get saved,” said D.C. gay activist and comedian Sampson McCormack, who attended the service. “And that came after somebody, I think it was a deacon, said when you live a certain lifestyle this is the consequence you have to pay.”

So they're basically condoning murdering trans-gender people? Unlike Lynn Westmoreland, I think I pretty much remember the 10 Commandments. I remember "thou shalt not kill", but I don't remember one that says "thou shalt not have a sex change". Do they think the murderer was "saved"?

8/5/2011 6:03:40 AM

gaijinlaw

Funerals and memorial services are for the living. The decedant is beyond caring. If there was such a schizm in this woman's life between her biological relations and the people who cared about her for herself I think separate ceremonies would have been wiser. That that did not happen is tragic, but I would not expect people who had never accepted her identity to do a sudden about face at the funeral. The 100 walkouts did the only thing they could do in that situation.

8/5/2011 6:06:22 AM

whatever

@Gypsin
"300 people there and only 100 walked out. so what? only 100 people there actually respected/accepted her sexuality? what the fuck did the other 200 people show up for? to make sure she was dead?"

Don't be too quick to judge those 200 people. It's a very embarrassing situation and a lot of people wouldn't have the guts to walk out, especially if it was their regular church and/or some of their families or friends were near them in the congregation. It could be seen as deserting the funeral. They remained to carry out the funeral with what little dignity was still possible.

8/5/2011 6:21:12 AM

Pilotess

I'm with Doubting Thomas on this one - that's what you get, when you pick a Baptist Church. Not that people should disresepect anyone but expecting dignity and respect in a setting like this ... nah! :(


8/5/2011 7:46:57 AM

Hazumu

I'm a transwoman. This shit from fundies to trans-anything happens all the time. I wish the Fundie Index were over a million - or at least north of 100. (Yes, I already clicked the [WTF?!] link.)

8/5/2011 7:57:57 AM

Sasha

"Basically, he said that God let her get killed so that people could get saved,”

Kinda like Jesus.

8/5/2011 8:00:14 AM



Think what you will about transgender people, there's absolutely no excuse to be a douche at their fucking funeral.

8/5/2011 8:02:05 AM

Hazumu

@Pilotess, the point is the deceased _didn't_ pick her funeral service. Her family was _very_ unaccepting of her true gender identity, and used her funeral to proclaim their final disapproval and good-riddance. It was a statement by these fundies that even their own flesh-and-blood would be held to their high moral ideals, or punished for deviating from their straight-and-narrow. They were going to have the last word when Lashai could not answer, and they were going to have it in front of Lashai's true family, the family that accepted her after her flesh-and-blood family kicked her out.

That's why I wish the fundie index were one million.

8/5/2011 8:06:58 AM

Cuchulainn

While I grieve for this woman, people probably should have expected ridiculous bullshit about the time Baptists became involved...

8/5/2011 8:21:44 AM
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