My oldest has a ADA service horse. Churches are exempt from being required to accept service animals, so my oldest requested being able to bring this helpful creature.
While I could understand not wanting to possibly pollute the sanctuary with an animal, I was horrified by the reasons she was denied.
There was concern for her behavior if the children were running around. Why are children RUNNING in church? Where are the adults?
There was concern that the animal might have an offensive odor. I find perfume and hairspray offensive as it triggers headaches and sometimes asthma attacks. Are we going to ban women from using perfume and hairspray? Are we going to turn away the unwashed homeless because their body odor is offensive?
There was concern about her size. She is literally the size of a wheelchair. Are we going to start banning families with obese members due to their SIZE???
I seriously want to post a notice to the church door that reads:
Notice: this church allows children to run rampant and reserves the right to reject you if we don't approve of your size and/or odor
I am so offended. If I go completely blind, I would love to have a ADA service horse. And this is the type of non-sense I would have to be dealing with. Where is that Christian love and acceptance?