This whole thing really pissed me off, so I took the time to fire off a letter to this church's pastor @
Pastor Sangl -
I, like probably thousands of Americans, had the opportunity to see the video of the young boy singing the "No Homos In Heaven" song in your church. What was even more disturbing, was seeing YOU (a so-called Pastor no less) in the background cheering the kid on. The applause from your congregation spoke volumes as to the kind of "christianity" you teach in your church. Sadly, you, and others like you who we have been exposed to in recent weeks who condone hate and unacceptance from their church, somehow missed the most valuable lessons in Christianity, so it's no surprise that you don't teach it to your congregation. There is nothing "Christian-like" in a young boy singing such a song in church. The fact that the child's parent, let alone the pastor of the church, were seemingly blind to the utter lack of "cuteness" in this act is the biggest disappointment of all.
You, sir, owe your congregation an apology. You, sir, had better hope that there are no budding young gay kids in your congregation, let alone gay adults, who were internally hurt by this sad display. Why do you suppose young gay teens are hanging themselves in record numbers --- or does THAT fact please you? I see that you posted on your website the following:
"The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason"
Really, Pastor? The video that has now gone viral for ALL to see tells an entirely different story. YOU, sir, should be ashamed of yourself. God must be looking down from heaven utterly ashamed of YOU as well. What on earth were you thinking? Your actions are an embarrassment. Let this whole thing be a lesson to you that HATE, breeds more HATE. Had you been teaching the proper lessons of love, understanding, and acceptance --- especially to the impressionable children in your congregation --- rather than actually encouraging and cheering them on that "Hate" is okay, even "cute", then you would not be feeling the repercussions of your irresponsible and short-sighted, not to mention VERY un-Christian-like actions.
Disgusted in Scottsdale, AZ