Kim Burrell has found herself in hot water after a sermon she gave at a Houston church in which she called gays and lesbians "perverted." A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that “the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.” She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.
Burrell was scheduled to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres next Thursday. DeGeneres, who is a very prominent lesbian and advocate for the LGBT community announced that Burrell would not be appearing on her show due to her homophobic remarks.
In addition to being snatched off of the Ellen show, Burrell has now lost her Houston Radio Show. Burrell says she will not apologize for her sermon.
The question I have is this: Should Christians be held responsible for words deemed as "hate speech" like everyone else? Christians will argue that this is what the "Bible" says. That the Bible is the "Word of God." This is the Christian "belief" and "faith." However, not everyone believes this way. There are people who do not believe in Christ. There are those who do not believe there is a God at all.
As a person who spent 11 years of my life in a Christian church up until four years ago, I fully understand the Bible. However, I also understand that my faith is MINE and not inclusive to everyone around me.
I can not help but to review the stories of people losing their jobs and being crucified on social media for being "racist", calling Black people despicable names or treating them unfairly, and promptly being dismissed for it. But let me play "Devil's Advocate" here: What if that person holds the genuine "belief" that their race is superior to others? Whether it be through life long teaching, a failure to learn other cultures, or perhaps by watching the media portrayal of certain groups, this is their "belief."
So what makes the belief in religious ideologies excusable as it relates to "hate speech", more than the belief in "racial ideologies?" A member of the KKK has no opposition speaking to other members at a KKK meeting. A Pastor has no opposition speaking to church members in the church house. But what happens when the KKK leader brings his message to a room full of Black Panthers? Or the Pastor goes to a gay nightclub with his/her message? Pandemonium. That's what.
So with that being said, should the preaching that homosexuality is a "sin" remain in the church and those that preach it, stay away from "worldly" or mainstream outlets, i.e, talk shows that do not cater to the Christian belief? No matter what your belief may be, we at some point have to agree that everyone will not agree with our beliefs. Because of that, we need to always strive not to offend. If God indeed says homosexuality is a sin, then let God deal with those involved in it.
I will not endorse any speech that seeks to marginalize another human being for any reason that has not bought "harm" to another human being. I will also not say Kim Burrell should aplogize for her beliefs. She should not. Just like a true racist should never apologize for theirs. By all means, PLEASE stay true to yourself, but with that, understand that there are always consequences for the things we say (and do). Freedom of speech does not come without "freedom of repercussion."
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