Columbus Mega-Church Seeks Injunction For Protesters

Members of Minutemen United have directed months of protests at the Vineyard Columbus church because of what the group calls its "passive resistance" to abortion and gay marriage.(Photo: Vineyard Columbus/Minutemen United)
Members of Minutemen United have directed months of protests at the Vineyard Columbus church because of what the group calls its "passive resistance" to abortion and gay marriage.(Photo: Vineyard Columbus/Minutemen United)

A Columbus mega-church is going to court to try to stop a national conservative Christian group from protesting near the church’s parking lot.

Members of Minutemen United have directed months of protests at the Vineyard Columbus church because of what the group calls its “passive resistance” to abortion and gay marriage.

The senior pastor, the Rev. Rich Nathan, says he’s tired of it and got a restraining order to try to keep them away.

James Harrison, local leader of the protest group, says the 8,500-member church does not speak out against homosexuality and abortion, helps women recover from abortions and accepts gay members.

Nathan says the church is anti-abortion and against gay marriage, but it has a mission of “broad and inclusive” boundaries.

Comments
  • Drew H.

    This is disgusting. I just moved to Columbus and I was glad to hear that one of the biggest churches was so accepting and inclusive… you know, like the Bible says Christians should be?

    I can’t believe someone would picket someone else for being “too kind”.

    • clem

      Too kind??? I do not think that is the reason for the protests.

      • Chris

        Agree. That’s not the reason. The reason is that there are goups out there who don’t really understand the mission of Christ. The Minutemen United are, unfortunately, one of them. “Let he who hath not sinned cast the first stone.” – Jesus. So what would Jesus do if confronted with a man who was ‘caught in the act’ of homosexuality? Stand in front of him with a sign that says, “Stop Soddom and GAY-morroah”? Yeah, I’m sure that’s what he would do. Their message is not one of love and truth but one of hate-filled biggotry. They make Christians look bad.

  • Chris Stephenson

    A church going to court to stop protests? The definition of Irony.

    • EHS

      The church’s entrance is located on a dangerous curve on an already dangerous road. There has already been one accident due to the protestors. I think it’s within the church’s rights to have them moved away, in order to protect their congregants. Plus, they’ve asked nicely and the group refused. This would be the logical next step.

    • Chris

      Why irony? Not every church is WBC.

  • Rick

    The Minutemen are supportive of the post-abortive and pregnancy distress part of Vineyard’s ministry.This article would lead one to believe otherwise.The problem is that they have not lifted a finger to prevent the infanticide of the abortion clinic about a mile away, much like the church in Germany of the thirties and forties that sang a little louder to avoid hearing the cries of those on the trains nearby being carted off to their doom.

    • Chris

      “The problem is that they have not lifted a finger to prevent the infanticide of the abortion clinic about a mile away” – Like what? Stand outside and hold signs? Yeah, that works. If a clinic is operating within its legal limits, nobody can legally do anything to stop it. So the church does have pro-life ministries aimed at helping to overturn laws, petitions, etc. though that is an uphill battle all the way and you know it. So what would you have them do? Not everybody can just stand outside and hold signs. We’re all playing for the same team – we can’t all play the same position.