Here We Go: Black & Puerto Rican Legislators Cancel Kim Burrell Speaking Invite Over Her Opposition to Homosexuality
Kim Burrell is still receiving backlash from many in the secular community for preaching that homosexuality is a sin during a sermon that went viral in 2016. Since that time, she’s seen many of her public events canceled, and was most recently disinvited from speaking at a church service for New York lawmakers on Sunday.
Burrell, the gospel singer and pastor of Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas, had her invitation withdrawn from the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus weekend in Albany, according to the New York Daily News.
M. Diana Campbell, executive director of The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, released a statement explaining that the group decided that Burrell wouldn’t speak at the event after learning about her sermon.
“Once her previous statements came to our attention, we decided to go in a different direction and the engagement was canceled,” Campbell said.
City Councilman Ritchie Torres, D-Bronx, a gay conference attendee who labeled Burrell a “homophobe,” said she should have never been invited in the first place.
“Assigning a homophobe a prominent speaking role legitimizes bigotry and I find that unacceptable,” Torres claimed. “It shows we have a distance to travel before achieving full LGBT equality. It should have been clear from the beginning that she was self-evidently ill-equipped to speak given her history of homophobia.”
Many people spoke out against Burrell’s 2016 sermon in which she preached about the homosexual spirit. Afterwards, her radio program on Texas Southern University’s KTSU radio station and TV talk show, “Keep It Moving With Kim Burrell,” were canceled, the Houston Chronicle previously reported.
While a number of celebrities spoke out against Burrell, she also received support from people in the gospel music industry, such as Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Jessica Reedy and William Murphy III.
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Source: Christian Post