The wildly popular Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium gets the gays and loads of deserved praise. But in a deep dive profile of the bar's gay owner, the AJC found a dissenter.
Maybe he's not pleased with the bar's big Jesus installed this summer on its exterior. Or he's not familiar with owner Grant Henry's theological training. Or more likely, Rev. Michael N. Harris lacks a sense of humor and perspective. Nevertheless, he's one of the few people not singing the bar's praises, which have come from Buzzfeed, CNN, NatGeo, Atlanta magazine, us and so many more.
That doesn’t mean everyone’s happy.
One church official after another declined comment for this story, until the Rev. Michael N. Harris, Wheat Street Baptist Church pastor, put some thoughts about the bar into an email. The two establishments are separated by a couple of blocks.
“That it has such a name as ‘The Church’ is not only an affront to the biblical concept of the church … but the name is as ridiculous as a regular church calling itself ‘The Bar,’” Harris wrote. “While the bar … has a right in this country to its name and the City of Atlanta has given its approval to its location, I know of nobody in the Wheat Street congregation or any other congregation that applauds its name or the nature of its business in using that name.”
Well bless his heart.
The full story rests behind the AJC's paywall, but it's worth a read. If not, enjoy the video excerpts of the media outlet's interview with Henry (photo above).