Kirk Franklin, a veteran gospel artist and seven-time Grammy winner, apologizes to the LGBT community in a new interview, saying that the black church has piled homophobia and other "horrible crap" on people with alternative lifestyles.
Franklin, who is supporting a new album titled Losing My Religion, says of the gay community in a new interview with TheGrio.com, "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,” Franklin continues. “It’s not a book written to attack gay people.”
More than anything, the 45-year-old singer-songwriter wants the Bible to be inclusive. "It is horrible that we have made it where the Bible is a homophobic manual,” he says. “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.”
Franklin's Losing My Religion album was released on Friday. His previous album, 2011's Hello Fear, won the Grammy award for best gospel album.