Bishop Alfred Owens Washington, D.C. In a Palm Sunday sermon delivered in April 2006, Bishop Alfred Owens served up his own macho recipe for what it takes to be a Christian.
“It takes a real man to confess Jesus as lord and savior,” the Washington pastor roared. “I’m not talking about no faggot or no sissy.”
Owens, the head pastor of the 4,000-member Mount Calvary Holy Church of America, is a member of Mayor Anthony Williams‘ Interfaith Council. After the Palm Sunday sermon, the mayor demanded that Owens apologize for his comments. Owens responded with these words in a letter to The Washington Post published on May 18, 2006: “I used words that [a local human rights group] has denounced as offensive. … On any given Sunday, I preach about love, faith and holiness, and, yes, about hell and sin.
“For that, I offer no apology.”