Sunday, August 12, 2007

Even MegaChurch Pastors Sometimes Sing The Pacta Sunt Servanda Blues

Note: Thanks to alert readers for pointing out that the photo of the megachurch pastor below is actually the megachurch pastor's brother-in-law, Joel Osteen. The Associated Press news story cited included a photo of Osteen.

Here's the headline:

Church Cancels Memorial for Gay Vet

Weird. The megachurch brother-in-law and his megachurch wife... of this story's megachurch pastor (The AP must not have a photo of the Rev. Gary Simons.)

The sister and a photo of the Navy veteran

The facts:

ARLINGTON, Texas (Aug. 10) - A megachurch canceled a memorial service for a Navy veteran 24 hours before it was to start because the deceased was gay.

Officials at the nondenominational High Point Church knew that Cecil Howard Sinclair was gay when they offered to host his service, said his sister, Kathleen Wright. But after his obituary listed his life partner as one of his survivors, she said, it was called off.

"It's a slap in the face. It's like, 'Oh, we're sorry he died, but he's gay so we can't help you,"' she said Friday.

Wright said High Point offered to hold the service for Sinclair because their brother is a janitor there. Sinclair, who served in the first Gulf War, died Monday at age 46 from an infection after surgery to prepare him for a heart transplant.

The church's pastor, the Rev. Gary Simons, said no one knew Sinclair, who was not a church member, was gay until the day before the Thursday service, when staff members putting together his video tribute saw pictures of men "engaging in clear affection, kissing and embracing."

Simons said the church believes homosexuality is a sin, and it would have appeared to endorse that lifestyle if the service had been held there.

Who's lying? Hm. Surely, Caesar will decide in a court of law:

An oral contract is a contract that terms of which have been agreed by spoken communication, in contrast to a written contract, where the contract is a written document. There may be written, or other physical evidence, of an oral contract – for example where the parties write down what they have agreed – but the contract itself is not a written one.

In general, oral contracts are just as valid as written ones, but some jurisdictions either require a contract to be in writing in certain circumstances (for example where real property is being conveyed), or that a contract be evidenced in writing (though it may be oral). An example of the latter being the requirement that contract of guarantee be evidenced in writing that is found in the Statute of Frauds.

Similarly, the limitation period prescribed for an action may be shorter for an oral contract than it is for a written one.

The term verbal contract is sometimes incorrectly used as a synonym for oral contract. However, a verbal contract is one that is agreed to using words, either written or spoken, as opposed to an implied contract.

And there's this to consider:

A contract is a legally binding exchange of promises or agreement between parties that the law will enforce. Contract law is based on the Latin phrase pacta sunt servanda (pacts must be kept).[1] Breach of contract is recognised by the law and remedies can be provided. Almost everyone makes contracts every day. Sometimes written contracts are required, e.g., when buying a house.[2] However the vast majority of contracts can be and are made orally, like buying a law text book, or a coffee at a shop. Contract law can be classified, as is habitual in civil law systems, as part of a general law of obligations (along with tort, unjust enrichment or restitution).

Thus endeth today's sermon.

Go forth today and ponder the merits of legal action against a religious institution. Considering the plethora of judgments against the Catholic church recently, it's no longer a stretch for an attorney to take on mega-church pastors, is it?

As for the morality of the megachurch pastor's actions: Would Jesus cancel?

Think about it.

I mean it, damn it!

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19--


Blogger Lmaris said...

The pastor pictured is Joel Osteen who runs Lakewood Church in Houston, not the pastor you are talking about.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Auggie said...

Not sure why you have a photo of Joel and Victoria Osteen to illustrate this story but it's not really cool to identify him as "the megachurch pastor." He's not. I think you should look for a pic of the actual megachurch pastor instead.

5:33 PM  
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