Kirk Franklin Apologizes To Gay Community For Black Church’s Homophobia

Kirk Franklin Apologizes To Gay Community For Black Church’s Homophobia

“I want to apologize for all of the hurtful and painful things that have been said about people in the church that have been talented and gifted and musical, that we’ve used and we’ve embarrassed… and all this other horrible crap that we’ve done. We have not treated them like people. We’re talking about human beings, men and women that God has created.

“The Bible is not a book that’s an attack on gay people. It’s not a book written to attack gay people.  It is horrible that we have made it where The Bible is a homophobic manual. That’s not what The Bible is. I mean you want to talk about things that God gets at… pride and jealousy and envy and arrogance. But what we also see is God sending his son to save us all, because we were all… straight, gay or whatever, lost and in need of a savior, and there’s room at the cross for all of us.”

— Grammy-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin in an interview with The Grio

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  1. GOld
    November 16, 06:39 Reply

    MM I see that shade.kontinu oh.

    Kirk,thanks for saying that.It’s just put a smile on my face this morning.

  2. Dennis Macaulay
    November 16, 07:44 Reply

    Is he going on tour? Or is it the memoir?

    Anyway let me clap and applaud before aunty will come and give me the lecture about second chances!

    • Pink Panther
      November 16, 08:11 Reply

      I’m overlooking you. *turning my face away like I just dont care*

  3. #Chestnut
    November 16, 07:50 Reply

    Wow! This is beautiful! Might not be a tour-promo or a publicity stunt,u guys. Kirk isnt just a christian,but also a hollywood veteran who must have seen things over the years,that make him grow and understand better.

  4. Nefretiti
    November 16, 08:01 Reply

    Kirk has battled with pornography in d past and up until a few years ago when he came out he was secretly nursing his own wounds. I feel he understands what the gay community feels and I don’t think its a publicity stunt …….besides he has more 2 oose than gain.

  5. Keredim
    November 16, 08:07 Reply

    ? I’m coming out
    I want the world to know
    I gonna let it show?????

    Ha la looo yaaaa??????

  6. Masked Man
    November 16, 08:12 Reply

    I said it. There’s a new album titled ‘losing my religion’.


    • Francis
      November 16, 08:15 Reply

      ??? Nna he has to do promotion na. Besides this is like the worst stunt ever if you ask me as he risks alienating his black homophobic fanbase

  7. Francis
    November 16, 08:13 Reply

    Doesn’t look like a publicity stunt to me sha. Seems sincere.

  8. #Chestnut
    November 16, 08:15 Reply

    Lol…y’all are just messy cynics. Abeg Kirk’s message is beautiful to me; it’s always refreshing to find a hetero who seems to understand that sexual orientation is NOT a choice.

    • Francis
      November 16, 08:18 Reply

      Eeeerm I wouldn’t call him hetero sha. Ex-gay is better.

      • #Chestnut
        November 16, 08:37 Reply

        “Donnie McClurkin” is d…ex-gay (wtf is an “ex-gay” though?)

        • Pink Panther
          November 16, 08:45 Reply

          Think of it as an occupation. You know ex-gay… Ex-military… Ex-minister. 🙂

      • Max
        November 16, 08:46 Reply

        Ex-gay?? ????

        Are there ex-heteros too?

        • Francis
          November 16, 13:17 Reply

          Una dey serious say una never hear of ex-gay movement? As far as i can remember , i have always known Kirk as a gay that has been fighting his homosexual desires so he can be on the straight path.

          • Keredim
            November 16, 16:54 Reply

            Kirk Franklin or Donnie McClurkin?

            • Francis
              November 16, 20:51 Reply

              Kirk. If not for Empire i wouldn’t even know say Donnie dey exist.

              • keredim
                November 17, 00:12 Reply

                I never hear that one o!!!

                But i will defer to you, as you are close to the Black American Christian inner caucus ?

                • Francis
                  November 17, 00:18 Reply

                  ? na you sabi. It’s just stuff you come across online when trying to reconcile your sexuality with your religion.

  9. Nefretiti
    November 16, 08:16 Reply

    Ok what if there is a new album ….it still doesn’t change d fact dat he said something encouraging . I won’t immediately bury him just because he was being 9ce. I like Kirk Franklin….he is cute*lol*dat aside I think he means well.

    • Pink Panther
      November 16, 08:17 Reply

      Ok what if there is a new album ….it still doesn’t change d fact dat he said something encouraging .

      Exactly this!

      • Tiercel de Claron.
        November 16, 10:10 Reply

        Sincere or not,I’m just wondering what part of his statement our in-house cynics deem wrong or non-factual.
        The Bible is not a homophobic manual,modern man made it so.Or is trying to.

        • Max
          November 16, 10:48 Reply

          Leviticus 18:22- Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is an abomination.

          • Keredim
            November 16, 11:23 Reply

            As you well know Max, the verses before & after the one you quoted also say other stuff which MODERN mankind ignore. ?

            Also the New Testament kinda vitiates the intolerance of the Old Testament.

            I think it’s time to move on from Leviticus and dwell on the positive parts of the bible and Koran. ?

            • Max
              November 16, 12:33 Reply

              @Keredim, I was only trying to counter TDc’s statement about the bible not being homophobic

              • Tiercel de Claron.
                November 16, 18:05 Reply

                Oh,Leviticus 20:13 too,you missed that one.Of the over 32,000 verses in the Bible,just those two verses plus maybe another one from Paul makes the Bible a homophobic manual?.
                In that wise,it can be said the Bible is strongly heterophobic too.Leviticus 18:6-20,20:10-12,14,17-21 is totally against heteros too.Heck,their punishment is variously death by stoning,their blood being upon them,being cut of from among their people,no offspring to succeed them,etc.
                I’m not even going to touch on the commands of the New Testament that’d vitiated these old laws.
                Like I’d once stated,you sure need a brain reset.

                • Keredim
                  November 16, 18:32 Reply

                  Nna odirogi egwu???

                  I tire o!!

          • Khaleesi
            November 16, 12:27 Reply

            @Max, you didnt finish it! … it continues … they are to be put to death and their blood shall be upon them!!! if that isnt a hate-filled manual laden with malice, then tell me what is!!!
            @Keredim, i thought it also says somewhere in the New Testament that the son of man came to preserve the old ways or some other similar line of crap … #Whatever #AbsolutelyNotInterested #ATonOfBullshit

            • Keredim
              November 16, 12:53 Reply

              More or less what I responded to your comment below

  10. Nefretiti
    November 16, 08:22 Reply

    Was Kirk Franklin ever gay ? I think dat was Donnie Mcclurkin…..I think his vice was just porn.

  11. Nefretiti
    November 16, 09:02 Reply

    Lol …..what does dat even mean .oh well I wouldn’t know I haven’t inspected his fone or laptop 2 see ,my interest is in his music.

  12. ken
    November 16, 09:41 Reply

    I was going to comment

    Bt now I forgot what I wanted to say

  13. Delle
    November 16, 10:00 Reply

    Kirk Franklin called me yesterday and said this is exactly what he expected of you all. To diss his honest statement. So because of that, I refuse to partake in this party of SHADE!
    *looks away in exasperation*

  14. Chizzie
    November 16, 10:20 Reply

    People can always say nice things but thier actions determine if they really mean it. So let’s watch and see.

  15. Dickson Clement
    November 16, 10:43 Reply

    Oh! Please Kirk likes getting it in the butt! Porn is just a vice he is willing to share with the public!

  16. Teflondon
    November 16, 12:07 Reply

    i saw this and i was like finally an article that sheds light on the facts that not all Christians are ‘hateful religious bigots.’ hoping to read some sort of acknowledgements and appreciation of these facts in the comment section but what do i get?

    Typical Nigerian Gay Men doing what they know best.
    shade! Judge! Condemn!!

    If i were an outsider to the community, My tots would be like ‘Can we ever please these people?’

    • Pink Panther
      November 16, 13:01 Reply

      For once I actually agree with you. The cynicism that abounds here sometimes leaves me speechless sometimes.

  17. Khaleesi
    November 16, 12:22 Reply

    Thanks Mr. Kirk, however, its a little too late for the homophobes that roam and flourish in this part of the world. There’s nothing you nor anyone can say to convince them that the bible didnt set out to condemn gays, so therefore, i do NOT agree with you that the bible is not a hate manual, it so is!!!! – an ancient and highly potent one at that ***rolls eyes and yawns***

    • Keredim
      November 16, 12:31 Reply

      Its not only a “hate” manual it also has lots of love in it too.

      People use both sides, but it’s easier to use and harp on the negative.

      Bottom line is there is absolutely no pressure to live by the “manual” and if you do, you choose which side of the “manual” you want to use and live by.

    • Pink Panther
      November 16, 13:05 Reply

      You do realize, Khaleesi that there’s a difference between what IS and what people make something to be. The bible is as much an instrument of love. People simply use it to persecute others.

  18. Dennis Macaulay
    November 16, 12:26 Reply

    The way they use “S” on this blog, it may soon be extinct!

  19. bruno
    November 16, 13:00 Reply

    right step forward. i was pretty much disappointed and stopped listening to his music after previous homophobic statements he has made.

    he is wrong about one thing though, the bible is indeed homophobic. both in the old and new testament. i know that very much. spent my teenage years letting those verses screw with my head.

  20. Rev: Hot
    November 16, 18:18 Reply

    say what you want, I think it was real brave for him to stand up and say what most Christian musicians won’t (and don’t say it’s publicity stunt because he’s losing fans by doing this)….. and like I’ve said before, God loves us all, a verse in the bible wont change that…

    I’ll keep being myself, and keep worshipping God…. knowing fully well that He wouldn’t deliberately make me like this, and then say He hates me…

  21. michael
    November 16, 22:35 Reply

    well.. he is kinda hot. *not minding the odd looks*

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