Grammy Award winning Gospel Artist Kirk Franklin issued an apology to the LGBT community during an interview with The Grio recently, in addition to discussing his return to the music scene with his ninth studio album interestingly titled Losing My Religion.
“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,” Franklin said. “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,” he added. “It’s not a book written to attack gay people.”
Overall, Franklin said he wants the LGBT community to realize that God is about grace and love.
“It is horrible that we have made it where the Bible is a homophobic manual,” Franklin said. “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, lostand in need of a savior, and there’s room at the cross for all of us.”
What do you think of Franklin’s apology on behalf of the black church? It’s obviously not enough to change much of anything, but what is it worth?
Losing My Religion hits iTunes and stores Friday, November 13th.