"The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason. We believe and hope that every person can find true Bible salvation and the mercy and grace of God in their lives. We are a strong advocate of the family unit according to the teachings and precepts found in the Holy Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the Divinely-inspired Word of God and we will continue to uphold and preach that which is found in scripture."Of course, the church is the same one that is now famous for a video of a small boy singing a song that included the words, "Ain't no homos gonna get to heaven."
Apparently, the church may not condone hate, but its members certainly do if you watch the video. When the little boy says those awful words, the church congregation erupts in thunderous applause. Kind of hard to believe the church doesn't condone hate when its members seem to tacitly approve of indoctrinating its little ones with it.
The church has said in the media that the pastor has received death threats over the video. I never condone that. Media sources also are reporting that the local Sheriff's Department was unaware of the threats.
Unfortunately, I think that we're only going to see more of this ridiculousness. As the fight for gay rights becomes more and more mainstream, those that profess not to condone hatred...then do it anyway...are going to get louder and louder. They will become a very loud and vocal minority. It doesn't matter. Change is coming, and, like they say in Hairspray, "You can't stop the beat."
I know, for example, that Micah Clark is actively campaigning against Proposal 213 that will grant certain benefits to couples in domestic partnerships. Of course, Clark's concern is that marriage is somehow threatened by this move. It's clear, however, that if you actually read the proposal, there is still far more of a benefit financially for married couples than to those in a committed domestic partnership. The only threat to marriage is divorce!
Thanks to culture vultures like Clark, we end up with indoctrinated youngsters like that little boy in Greensburg. People who seem more afraid to deal with reality over their stilted concept of it indoctrinating the young to fear and hate. That little boy will grow up in a very different world than his parents did. He will come to his own opinions someday, and they may not be the same as he was taught when he was a little boy.
Times are changing quickly, and the bitter will hold on with every last breath. Someday though, they will come around or be relegated to the extremes. If you don't believe me, listen to Sam Cooke.