Remember the mom who defended her son's right to dress as Daphne from Scooby-Doo last November? Turns out her pastor got mad and had several meetings with her:
For an hour and a half he spoke to me as if this was my fault, that I had misconstrued what was said that morning in front of my son, that I "had taken offense where none was intended." I told him that the comments those mothers made that morning were judgmental and offensive. He continued to accuse me of libel and slander, told me I didn't have a "free ride to talk about others," and that I needed to apologize and reconcile.
I was offered 4 steps to restore my relationships with Moms ABC:
- Write Moms ABC an apology with an example of how to word it.
- Take down the Halloween post.
- No longer write or speak of these women regarding my "accusations."
- Consider taking the entire blog down.
When I asked what happens if I couldn't do those things I was handed a final page that had already been prepared regarding my unwillingness to repent and what the ramifications of that would be. My punishment was to be disallowed from receiving Communion, and if I were to continue to not seek forgiveness, I may be removed from the congregation and not be able to transfer to another church in our denomination in good standing (which feels like the harshest punishment a modern-day pastor can dole out.). It felt like an ultimatum. I pointed out the hypocrisy of the entire conversation, mentioned that Boo had been forgotten in all of this, said the meeting was over, and walked out.
I'm guessing the blog is not going down.
She didn't disclose even the denomination of the church she's in, so we don't really know how much authority the pastor has in unilaterally denying her communion. Something tells me that even if he gets over-ridden by a higher-up, things won't be all that comfortable at the church anymore.
I can imagine a lot of conversations about the liberal media seeking victims and letting kids do whatever they want, blah blah blah, and it ending up with a lot of anger directed at this woman. Still, it shouldn't result in these folks threatening to deny communion, a spiritual punishment, as a result of this woman's political actions. Some people might get the idea that this church is more concerned with political power and ego than the well-being of its parishioners.
Either way, Boo's lucky to have a mother like her.