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

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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.”

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. In addition, I feel 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. 🙏🏿❤

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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?

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

  1. 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.

    • 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….

  2. 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

  3. 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 dragging they’re getting on both sides.

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

    • 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?

      • 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 us with HIV.

        • 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 lifestyle! Nothing about homophobis stops a man from limiting his partners so stop making excuses for the perverts spreading diseases because they lack self control! Lastly its total BS that gays can’t enjoy sex with people of the opposite sex, a lot of gay people actually have sex with people of the opposite sex (ermmm downlow men for example) I mean seriously sex is sex if you push the right buttons it works either way the purpose of life is not to have sex or enjoy yoursalf at any cost, if you were a Christian you would have understanding about the TRUE meaning of life which is to DENY our flesh be SELFLESS and do what is GOOD.

          • 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 gay right? In any case why are you so obsessed with what consenting adults do with their genitals? Are you a perv? Does it get you off? Lol

  5. 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.

      • 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”.

      • 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 of the Christians who are so obsessed with lgbts dream of the same sex at night.

  6. 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 like Ellen to further her career while calling them perverts.

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

      • 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 understand that those statements were made because of the cultural context of those times, perhaps you should also understand that many of the New Testament verses about homosexuality was also made out of the cultural context of that day(In Rome, men were literally having relations with little boys & vulnerable temple prostitutes)

        • 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 well no abuse them threatening evil masters with hell so obviously you are Biblically illiterate nevertheless nothing you brought up actuallg defends homosexuality at all, you have made no argument as to why anyone should engage in such a behavior or how exactly SOCIETY not the individuals benefit from it not have you argued as to how it is hateful to call a sin a sin and call sinners to repentence. Maybe focus on the topic at hand instead trying to our Bible me.

        • 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?

          • 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 it is disordered. Now I say homosexuality is unnatural because the human body is heterosexual every man no matter his desires has a body plan that was made to and can only mate with another human female after sexual maturity. If a man attempts to “mate” or more correctly simulates sexual acts with any other being this can be accurately described as unnatural or disordered. That’s why pedophilia and beastiality are taboo again it may occur among species (I have had a dog attempt to mount me sexually) but that does not mean it is natural! The Bible does not condone incest actually it forbids it nor does it ever give an account that Adam or Eve were blood relatives or that their children mated with their relatives nevertheless incest is more “natural” then homosexuality but I bet you don’t support it while calling homosex good.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. “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.

      • 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?

    • 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.

  11. 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??

  12. 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?

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