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A few days ago a video sur­faced of gospel singer and pas­tor Kim Bur­rell, who is on the Hid­den Fig­ures sound­track, speak­ing against homo­sex­u­al­i­ty in a recent ser­mon.

“Any­body in this room who feels the homo­sex­u­al spir­it, beg God to free you.. I came to tell you about sin. That sin nature. That per­vert­ed homo­sex­u­al spir­it, and the spir­it of delu­sion and con­fu­sion, it has deceived many men and women, and it’s caused a stain on the body of Christ. You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face — you are per­vert­ed. You are a woman and will shake your face in anoth­er woman’s breast, you are per­vert­ed.”

Cast mem­bers of the film were quick to con­demn her words includ­ing Janelle Mon­ae. She repost­ed a pho­to from Phar­rell Williams, who cre­at­ed music for the film, and includ­ed a cap­tion with her own reac­tion.

“I shouldn’t even have to post this as you guys should already know where I stand but If you do not pls know I unequiv­o­cal­ly repu­di­ate ANY AND ALL hate­ful com­ments against the LGBTQ com­mu­ni­ty. Actu­al­ly I’m tired of that label. We all belong to the same com­mu­ni­ty, a shared com­mu­ni­ty called human­i­ty. And today and tomor­row and the next day I will con­tin­ue to stand with oth­er like mind­ed peo­ple who con­demn any and all state­ments and actions that would seek to deny the basic human­i­ty of our fel­low broth­ers and sis­ters. We can­not sit Idly by nor will we speak silent­ly when we are con­front­ed with such vio­lence against mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ty. I am per­son­al­ly beyond exhaust­ed by the igno­rance and big­otry liv­ing in some peo­ple. At times I want to punch and I want to slap a lot of peo­ple when I read and hear the shit that comes out their mouthes !!! I will rejoice when folks stop think­ing they ARE GOD, Jesus’ assis­tant, pick­ing and choos­ing what “sins” are accept­able in the Bible, and using the Bible as a whip! WE can’t afford any­more tear­ing down of our shared human­i­ty. My advice: If your reli­gion is caus­ing you to spew out words of hate, judge, or look down on oth­ers because of who one loves then you need to change it. And fast. If the reli­gion don’t make you are more lov­ing or bet­ter per­son, ditch it. But what do I know. My hope is that we ALL go into this new year con­sid­er­ing for one moment that we don’t have all the answers. My hope is that we become more under­stand­ing, less judg­men­tal, more tol­er­ate, and more patient with one anoth­er. Includ­ing me. HAPPY NEW YEAR.” 

Most of the com­ments on Monáe’s post were sup­port­ive, but some did defend Burrell’s words and sen­ti­ment. For instance, one IG user claimed that her words were not for the pub­lic and there­fore we should not take offense to them:

…again the point was missed.….all any of you saw was a 2 minute clip of her speak­ing to HER members.…that was mis­in­ter­pret­ed! Now if you know noth­ing about being a Shep­ard of a flock, as a pas­tor you will be held account­able if you don’t say or do what saith the Lord! When a Pas­tor is address­ing his/her con­gre­ga­tion, does one run out and tell the one walk­ing past to come in, he’s speak­ing to them, No! That word was for HER church but the world got mad! If you are liv­ing how you want to live and you’re pleased then by all means do you, but I have yet to hear her say she hates the LGBT com­mu­ni­ty! Not one mem­ber of her church came forth and said she was wrong, and her mes­sage was to them.…above all, she spoke of MANY sins, but again, every­one gets mad when a cer­tain lifestyle is touched! Y’all need to stop see­ing red, stop think­ing that because some­one doesn’t con­done a lifestyle they’re Hate­ful when in real­i­ty that’s so not the case! I don’t wor­ry about any­one who says they hate me because of the col­or of my skin, I con­tin­ue to love and keep it mov­ing!! Same here, if what she said is the truth and her mem­bers didn’t see any­thing wrong with it, why is every­one else so Mad?! Above all, the name call­ing, the dis­re­spect is beyond uncool, she is a Pas­tor!! When y’all find that clip of her say­ing she HATES gays or she HATES the LGBT com­mu­ni­ty and those are her exact words, please by all means, share it and I’ll humbly apol­o­gize, but I think the hate that’s being spewed is rather ridiculous…and the head­lines are false!! If the LGBT got any of that love they want the world to have for them, they need to share it and NOT be hyp­ocrites that they’re so quick to say oth­ers are when some don’t agree! Ijs! Be blessed and Hap­py New Year!

Octavia Spencer also shared Pharrell’s post and stat­ed, “I agree. We are all God’s chil­dren equal in his eyes. Hatred isn’t the answer. Intol­er­ance isn’t the answer.”

Bur­rell has since post­ed anoth­er Face­book video address­ing the issue, say­ing that her words were mis­con­strued and she was specif­i­cal­ly address­ing mem­bers of her church, and did not say that all gays are going to Hell.

Bur­rell was fea­tured on Frank Ocean’s God­speed. Ocean iden­ti­fies as bi-sex­u­al and has gone pub­lic with his rela­tion­ship with anoth­er man.

BGLH read­ers, what do you think of Burrell’s words and the back­lash?


Elle is the edi­tor and cre­ative direc­tor of the YouTube chan­nel and blog, Quest for the Per­fect Curl at Her chan­nel focus­es on nat­ur­al hair, beau­ty, and fit­ness. She loves prod­ucts that smell like dessert, yoga, and glit­ter. Fol­low her @qftpc.

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42 Comments on "‘If Your Religion Causes You to Hate, Change It’: Janelle Monae Writes Impassioned Post About Homosexuality and Religion"

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Kelly Barbour

Y’all keep get­ting your moral com­pass from entertainers.…good luck with that.


Get­ting your moral­i­ty from a reli­gion is no bet­ter.

Queen Mennon

talk to me about the dis­rup­tion in female com­pet­i­tive sports by trans­gen­der men who think they are women? it is hate­ful of those who feel this is an unfair dis­ad­van­tage to females?


She did­nt hate on any­one I mean she sim­ply called a sin and sin and called peo­ple to repen­tence, so I’m con­fused is the only way to be a Chris­t­ian now to unequiv­o­cal­ly sup­port and encor­age homo­sex­u­al­i­ty??

Tiffany Sutherland

Right, appar­ent­ly if you dont agree with the world youre hate­ful.


The bible is wrong in many instances. LGTBQ peo­ple are wor­thy, whole and equal to every­one else. PERIOD.


Actu­al­ly — Jesus taught to “Love our neigh­bors as we love our­selves” and to “do unto oth­ers as we would have them to do unto us”. I am not going to judge what Ms. Bur­rell said because I am not sure of the entire­ty of what she said. How­ev­er, Chris­tians can and have veered out­side of the gospel by inter­ject­ing their own beliefs/opinions — which often stem from a lack of wis­dom and under­stand­ing of God’s Word.


That’s your opin­ion. Let oth­er peo­ple have theirs too…

Susie White

Well she is shar­ing her opin­ion and YOU are the one try­ing to gag her by respond­ing to her com­ment. So because oth­ers have their opin­ion SHE shouldn’t talk about hers?

Mouse bites

“If your reli­gion caus­es you to spew hate, just ditch it!”

If stuff like this that makes me glad to be an agnos­tic. I hon­est­ly can’t sup­port a reli­gion that encour­ages to hate peo­ple that aren’t straight and reli­gious. Chris­tian­i­ty is too rigid for my taste.


True Chris­tian­i­ty has been hijacked. Jesus taught to Love — which is an action word — that often chal­lenges peo­ple to con­sid­er their own behav­iors in an effort to be under­stand­ing and com­pas­sion­ate toward oth­ers. The reli­gious often are reduced to being mean, hate­ful and incor­ri­gi­ble. Being reli­gious is not syn­ony­mous with being a fol­low­er of Christ.

Felecia Monique

This is such a hard con­cept for most ppl to under­stand because we as a soci­ety do not accept oth­er people’s opin­ions. They are just that. Nobody is right or wrong…we have a pres­i­dent elect who doesn’t like Mus­lims, Blacks or women but more than half of the coun­try sup­port­ed his opin­ion. It’s a sign of the times.


This world is back­wards. As long as preach­ers still have free­dom of speech, I’m cool. Why was she going on Ellen any­way? Why does the church think it needs the world to advance? Lov­ing and depend­ing on are 2 dif­fer­ent things.


Jesus said “Very tru­ly I tell you, the one who believes has eter­nal life.” (Jn 6:47 NIV)

When peo­ple of that time said ‘very tru­ly’, they meant with­out a doubt or any loop­holes or terms and con­di­tions. That is the gospel.

Susie White
Inter­est­ing that Kim was preach­ing at all as the same Bible says women should be silent in church and not min­is­ter over men. But I bet she will excuse that & claim the verse was “cul­tur­al” while insist­ing gay peo­ple should fol­low the Bible to the let­ter. Per­haps she would have done bet­ter to preach a ser­mon on glut­tony, a sin she seems well acquaint­ed with. Isn’t it per­vert­ed to abuse the tem­ple God gave you till you’re push­ing 300 pounds while many kids go to bed hun­gry? or maybe she should address her hypocrisy that makes her use lgbts… Read more »

Yea this should have focused in her hypocrisy if any­thing nev­er­the­less what she said wasn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly hate­ful it is root­ed in scrip­ture.

Susie White
It is hate­ful though. Scrip­ture can be used as a tool of hate or love because there are mul­ti­ple vers­es that can be trans­lat­ed to oppress peo­ple. Eph­esians 6:5 says that slaves must sub­mit to their mas­ters & many slave mas­ters used that to knock our ances­tors down.Matt 19:9 says that any­one who divorces except for infi­deli­ty is an adul­ter­er. What options does that leave bat­tered women? When the Bible says ‘he cre­at­ed them male & female’ where does that leave the 2% of our pop­u­la­tion who were born inter­sex (for­mer­ly deroga­to­ri­ly called ‘her­maph­ro­dites’)? So if you are will­ing to… Read more »

cul­ture does not change nat­ur­al laws. The pro­hi­bi­tion against homo­sex­u­al­i­ty is based in nat­ur­al law not cul­ture. It is the very nature of the human body that is het­ero­sex­u­al a gay man’s body is a man’s body, it was cre­at­ed to and can only unite with a woman’s body. I mean do you think the Bib­li­cal pro­hi­bi­tion against incest is cul­tur­al?

Susie White

Who defines nature? How is homo­sex­u­al­i­ty unnat­ur­al when almost every species on the Plan­et engages in it? Are you say­ing it is man made? How absurd! & I think you need to read your Bible again as that is what pro­motes incest not lgbts. Wasn’t your beloved Father Abra­ham & Sarah were the ones who were inces­tu­ous & Adam & Eve too tak­en from the same body which is worse than incest. Then again who did Seth mar­ry? Lol

Nature is not defined by any per­son I mean ulti­mate­ly one could say nature is defined by it’s Cre­ator, God, but not every­one believes in God so what­ev­er. Nev­er­the­less nat­ur­al laws exist and can be observed. And nat­ur­al laws/order are not the same as any­thing that sim­ply occurs in nature. For instance I can drink bleach but it’s not nat­ur­al for me to do so obvi­ous­ly since that would make me sick nor is it nat­ur­al for me to have sex with my father again total­ly pos­si­ble even some­thing an ani­mal would do but not nat­ur­al in the sense that… Read more »
Um ehat?? Lol many peo­ple use cars to run some­one over what is that then? Cars are hate­ful. You lack under­stand­ing like most non Chros­tians. God did cre­ate us male and female, Adam and Eve were a male and a female, that inter­sex con­di­tions are DIs­or­ders yes God cre­at­ed a per­fect world that was cor­rupt­ed by sin. Jesus actu­al­ly addressed “enuchs” instruct­ing them to be celi­bate like he was. And a wife does not need to divorce and abu­sive hus­band it’s called seper­a­tion again yhe Bible does address this and over course the Bible instructs mas­ters to treat their slaves… Read more »

oh my god.


I don’t know what was hate­ful about Kim Burrell’s ser­mon. At least she’s try­ing to keep peo­ple out of hell and if that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

Tiffany Sutherland

The blind cant see and the deaf cant hear.


You are part of the prob­lem as well. Nobody should be bashed for lov­ing some­one, that is not what Jesus stands for

Susie White
Agree with you com­plete­ly Eva. I mean this is ridicu­lous. A woman mounts a pul­pit to preach despite 1 Cor 14: 34. Mak­ing mat­ters worse, her hair is total­ly uncov­ered some­thing Paul claimed makes angels angry. And yet even though she is not fol­low­ing these parts of the Bible lit­er­al­ly & has jus­ti­fied it to allow her live com­fort­ably in the mod­ern era, she claims gay peo­ple are going to die. Peo­ple are now talk­ing about the fact that she was in a les­bian rela­tion­ship & it didn’t end well. I won’t be shocked if that is true since many… Read more »

God’s law trumps man’s lust. Sor­ry to burst your bub­ble.


Why bring up love when Two men can love each oth­er with­out engag­ing in homo­sex­u­al acts and many men do engage in those acts with­out love at all. For­ni­ca­tion, homo­sex­u­al­i­ty, and adul­tery are major sins con­sum­ing our cul­ture. Many now think that sex equals love, if any­thing Christ taught the exact oppo­site I guess that’s why they see such ser­mons as “hate­ful” since this woman chose not to encour­age act­ing on cer­tain sex­u­al indul­gences she must be “hat­ing”.


No you are the prob­lem and obvi­ous­ly know noth­ing about the teach­ings of Christ.

Justice S

Peo­ple for­get that Jesus said love every­one you can’t pick and choose just because they are homo­sex­u­al or don’t go to church.

Kelly Barbour

Jesus loves every­one but does not accept all behav­iors.


Did she say hate any­one? I missed that part.


But she didn’t say to hate gays at all she sim­ply dis­cour­aged homo­sex­u­al­i­ty. If anoth­er pas­tor preach­es against sex before mar­riage are the hat­ing too? What about adul­tery or exces­sive drink­ing or vio­lence? Can no one preach against sin? What then is the pur­pose of the Church?

Susie White
Straight peo­ple who are told not to fornicate/ com­mit adul­tery still have the option of hav­ing sex that sat­is­fies them. All they need to do is find some­one they like and get mar­ried. When you tell gay peo­ple they’re sin­ful what do you expect them to do? Chant till they’re attract­ed to the oppo­site sex? Mar­ry & sleep with peo­ple of the oppo­site sex that they’re not attract­ed to? Be celi­bate for the rest of their lives? Jeez you church folks are so ridicu­lous. & you won­der why many men in our com­mu­ni­ty are down low & infect­ing all of… Read more »
Um so? If a pedo can only be sat­is­fied by sex with chil­dren are the laws against pedophil­ia “hate”???? What do we expect of them?? Celiba­cy?? The hor­ror. Lol! Just because some­one likes some­thing or wants some­thing does not make it right. Lots of peo­ple would enjoy sex more with some­one who is not their spouse nev­erth­less adul­tery is STILL a sin because sin is not about what you want in the moment its about what is best foe soci­ety and it’s not “homo­pho­bia” that’s spread­ing aids is PROMISCUITY that gays engage in no mat­ter what it’s part of the… Read more »
Susie White
You are clear­ly very igno­rant about sex­u­al­i­ty which is why you have rehashed embar­rass­ing rhetoric about gay peo­ple from the 80s. You are a very sick indi­vid­ual to com­pare the lov­ing con­sent­ing rela­tion­ship between adults of the same sex with pedophil­ia involv­ing sex with a kid who can’t con­sent. & your argu­ment about dis­eases is so ridicu­lous. Are you going to advo­cate for straight women to be banned from sex since they have far high­er hiv and sti rates than Les­bians? And you do real­ize that if a per­son enjoys sex with both men and women they are bisex­u­al not… Read more »
This is stu­pid. She’s a PASTOR, you know where these church peo­ple stand on this issue, so why do sec­u­lar enter­tain­ers keep invit­ing them to par­take in sec­u­lar music!? It makes no sense. She’s a hyp­ocrit #1, since homo­sex­u­al­i­ty is a sin, she has no busi­ness col­lud­ing with them to make mon­ey. And she’s two faced too obvi­ous­ly. She was all smiles in their face dur­ing the record­ing ses­sions and per­fo­mances for that check, but mean­while think­ing their all damn to hell for not repent­ing from their homo­sex­u­al “lifestyle”. Both She and the ones that work with her deserve the… Read more »

My reli­gion will always inspire me to love others…hatred and God don’t fit togeth­er in my mind. Janelle is a true role mod­el


Kim Bur­rell is delu­sion­al in that face­book video.


No, there wasn’t any­thing wrong with her ser­mon. Not every­one will NOT Con­don that type of lifestyle. God’s love is greater than hate.

Mouse bites

Being queer isn’t a lifestyle though. No one choos­es their sex­u­al­i­ty. Now being to be Chris­t­ian is a lifestyle since every­one isn’t Chris­t­ian.


It’s a choice…I feel like eat­ing a bag of chips…is still a choice. ..been around many LGTBQ people…many rel­a­tives too…for the the most part–they decid­ed at one point to be a cat than a dig.….not every­one will accept or agree…that’s all I’m say­ing.…