Well, you can't please everyone I guess. Even the funeral of Coretta Scott King is causing some grumbling because
The church where Coretta Scott King's funeral will be held is not the historic inner—city church where her husband preached but a suburban mega—church headed by a controversial pastor who subscribes to the "prosperity gospel" — the idea that the godly will be rewarded with earthly riches.
Even worse, although the church, New Birth Missionary Baptist, and its members are very active and generous, most recently housing and helping over 5000 victims of Hurricaine Katrina, the standard civil rights figures dislike the church and its pastor Eddie Long because
Long has angered some pastors with his support of Bush's "faith—based" initiatives and his opposition to gay marriage. The latter position put him at odds with Coretta Scott King, who interpreted her late husband's message as one that was tolerant of gays and lesbians.
"Thus far, Long has not been connected to the social—justice movement in the city of Atlanta," said Robert Franklin, a professor of social ethics at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.
As a so—called mega church there are 10,000 seats, probably still not enough for all who would like to attend the final service but more than at Ebenezer Baptist where her husband preached and where people have paid their final respects the past few days.
Oh, and there is another reason why the service is being held there——one of its ministers is Bernice King. Yes, that is her daughter.
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