CHILD THE FACE OF ANTI-GAY RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM
Wed, 30 May 2012
A young child has been filmed at a U.S. church singing “Ain’t no homos gonna make it to heaven” to thunderous applause.
According to reports, the video, which has gone viral, was shot at the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church in Greensburg, Indiana.
In the clip, the toddler sings a short song with the lyrics: "The Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong. The Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong. Romans one, twenty six and twenty seven. Ain’t no homos gonna make it to Heaven."
The song is met with wild applause and a standing ovation by the congregation.
The video depicts one of a number of recent incidents of shocking anti-gay statements by religious extremists in the U.S.
Last month, Sean Harris, the Senior Pastor at the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, urged parents to punch their effeminate children.
In North Carolina, Pastor Charles Worley, in a Mother's Day sermon, called for gays and lesbians to be imprisoned behind an electrified fence.
Another pastor, Curtis Knapp, from the New Hope Baptist Church in Kansas, is heard in an audio clip circulating on the internet this week saying that the U.S. government should go out and kill LGBT Americans.
“A small handful of extremist voices are hijacking the universal underpinnings of so many of our major faiths and, instead of using their pulpit to spread love, are instead spreading unparalleled hatred," commented Sharon Groves, Director of Religion & Faith, at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
"These are extreme and brutal messages that do not represent the beliefs of most people of faith, nor Jesus’ core teaching to 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind,' and to love your neighbour as yourself.'
"People like Charles Worley and the parishioners of Apostolic Truth in Indiana are falsely perpetuating the Word of God, and stand to do real damage to religious institutions in the process,” said Groves.
On Sunday around 2,000 people staged a protest against the unrepentant Worley's electrified fence statement.
Watch the disturbing video clip of the child singing his anti-gay song in church, below.