Kim Burrell, a gospel vocalist and preacher who recently recorded the soundtrack to the Hidden Figures feature film, drew the wrath of several prominent gay and lesbian clergy, following a Facebook Live video the singer made rebuking homosexuals and the LGBT community.
Burrell, 44, who founded and leads the Love and Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas, decried gays and lesbians as “afflicted by the spirit of homosexuality” in the four-minute sermon, using graphic terms to express her disdain.
“You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted,” Burrell said, adding, “you are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted.”
The video, which has amassed views running into six figures, depicts Burrell slamming LGBT people for “[deceiving] many men and women, and it’s caused us pain on the body of Christ.”
Reaction from the gay and lesbian clergy was swift and firm. “The only way to break this kind of theological abuse is to turn away from it,” said Rev. Vanessa Brown, pastor of Rivers of Living Waters, an LGBT-affirming church in Manhattan, NY.
“There are people who are not as strong as we are and are on the verge of killing themselves. This message of hate trended last night.”
Further decrying Burrell’s homophobia was out Bishop Yvette Flunder, who leads her flock at the City of Refuge UCC in Oakland, California. In an open letter to Burrell, Flunder wrote, “I will not reciprocate and attack or seek to diminish you, but you must know the injury of your words. You have touched the nerve of a wounded, greatly unappreciated and misunderstood group of people who have contributed countless underrated and unappreciated gifts to the church.”
A visibly angry Rev. Kevin E. Taylor, the longtime pastor of LGBT-friendly Unity Fellowship Church Newark (NJ), posted a Facebook Live video, in which he “rebuked [Burrell’s] puke,” imploring her to look at her own issues before attacking other communities.
“I’m not sure what happened to you, to use God’s pulpit, to spew that kind of vitriol,” Taylor opined, adding, “what’s not going to happen, is the continuation of throwing gays and lesbians under the bus.”
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