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Reactions to ‘Ain’t No Homos Gonna Make it to Heaven’ Video

Reactions to ‘Ain’t No Homos Gonna Make it to Heaven’ Video


Earlier today we brought you news of the now viral video featuring a young child singing in church “Ain’t No Homos Gonna Make it to Heaven,” much to the applause and celebration of the congregation.

The church in question has been revealed as the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle, part of the Apostolic Pentecostal Churches ring, a ministry in Greenberg, Indiana, headed by founder Rev. Jeff Sangl.

Reactions to this story have been uniform in their condemnation, but a few have raised interesting, even devestating points.

One such comment comes from Dan Savage writing at The Slog:

The Apostolic Truth Tabernacle is in Greensburg, Indiana. That’s the town where Billy Lucas was bullied to death for being perceived to be gay by his classmates. I wonder if they stood up and cheered at Apostolic Truth Tabernacle when Lucas died—hey, another homo in hell. I wonder if any of Lucas’s tormenters attend services at Apostolic Truth Tabernacle. And remember: I’m an anti-Christian bully for pointing out the connection between what straight kids are taught about “homos” in the shithole mega-churches they’re dragged to by their parents and what they turn around and do to “homos” they encounter in classrooms. And what if that precocious little four-year-old singer is gay?

Billy Lucas was of course the 15- year-old boy who took his own life in 2010 after he had been persistently bullied for being believed to be gay. His death was one of the first high-profiled suicide cases that would eventually prompt Dan Savage to set up the It Gets Better campaign.

Author Anne Rice who, though still identifying as a Christian, famously disavowed organized religion, has commented on her Facebook page:

The church involved has now been identified. Perhaps national scrutiny — and polite criticism — will encourage these people to think about their behavior.

I also think Care2′s own Annie Urban speaks for many parents when she comments on her blog phdinparenting:

I’ve written in the past about how much I value conversations about what works and doesn’t work when it comes to parenting, how stating the benefits of one approach over another doesn’t equate to judging parents who have made a different choice, and how I detest it when parents who hate being judged point their finger at others.

And, I’ve also written about the type of parenting that I do judge. … This is an example of the type of parenting, and community for that matter, that I judge.

Don’t be that parent. End Hate.

The church, it seems, has been inundated with people leaving messages on their Facebook wall, many polite and some, from a civil discourse standpoint, less than desirable. However, controllers of the church’s Facebook page appear now to have started blocking people–though how widespread this practice is remains to be seen.

Care2 has sent an email asking for comment from the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle however, as of the time of writing, no reply has yet been given.


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11:55AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

The fictional character in the "book of defense" call the jesus was as gay as hell. Yet people who use this character as their icon are too stupid to see that.

2:02PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

JA Carlton
Sorry! But you are way out of touch with truth.

12:45AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Seems these particular Pentecostal Xtians sold themselves for 30 pieces of silver and betrayed Jesus Christ!

Not only did they betray Jesus with their bullying, they used and abused a very young child to do so.

From a T shirt --- I so want one!
Love Thy Neighbour
Thy Homeless Neighbour
Thy Muslim Neighbour
Thy Black Neighbour
Thy Gay Neighbour
Thy Immigrant Neighbour
Thy Jewish Neighbour
Thy Christian Neighbour
Thy Atheist Neighbour
Thy Disabled Neighbour
Thy Addicted Neighbour

4:49PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Good comment Joseph R. I agree!

6:19AM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

And I have a 14 year old who has just come out as being gay. This kind of bigotry sickens me and that is why I no longer identify as being christian. The religion has been highjacked by these haters.

6:07PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

I only agree with Anne Rice to a point; I don't think the criticism needs to be polite. These "church" people aren't going to pay any attention to criticism, whether it's polite or not, so they can all go fuck themselves. Hopefully their children will come to see the GLBTQ community as just people, with all the flaws that entails, but no better or worse than str8 folks. And since there IS NO heaven, these fuckers ain't goin there either. Can't wait to see them all in hell, though.

2:54PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Eddy O. said:
"It's interesting how many non Christians on here, seem to know what a Christian is suppose to act like..

Why would non-christians NOT know how a christian is suppose to act? What is the definition of christian? One who follows jesus and adheres to his teachings. It doesn't take a "christian" to understand that. I am not a policeman, but i know how they are suppose to act.

12:33PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

The idea that Christianity is clean and good is a failing of history. The very idea that the RC Church, the Pentacostals, the born-again, have the right message by using hate or segregation and discrimination is both anti- Christian, and anti-human. Hatred has no place in religion and no religious person knows what God thinks. Jesus and his message has been "destroyed by the hatred of interpreters" of what God wants and desires. NO man on Earth knows what God wants nor desires except for the 2 who are no longer with us Jesus and Mary Magdalene and they knew for they had the gift of wisdom. "Pastors who teach hatred are no better than the man who hates".

7:36AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

When you get a child to "parrot" your ignorant views, I see no victory. This child is not making any statement, other than his parents are idiots, and they are willing to use their children for any means necessary.

Looks like child abuse to me.

5:20AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

As the kid sings "someone is wrong that the bible is right"!

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