Apostolic Truth Tabernacle stomps over the line of human decency

After watching this hateful video, recorded at the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Indiana, I feel so much rage that I’m about ready to explode. If you haven’t seen it: 

I wasn’t able to make it past the 0:23 mark (right about when the crowd starts cheering). Even though religious hatred towards the LGBT community is nothing new, this here is a new level of awful. There’s few things that will make my rage face explode more than using some poor kid, who’s too young to know what he’s saying, as a mouthpiece for intolerance and hatred. God help the poor kid if he turns out to be gay. God help his friends if any of THEM turn out to be gay.

I actually wrote the ATT an e-mail (using their online contact form) after encouragement from Dan Savage on the Slog. Here’s what I had to say:

Dear sir or madam,

I recently viewed this video from your church: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iRNbC-aSFLc

I am shocked and appalled that you allow this conduct to go on in your church. You are spreading hate and intolerance with these actions. What’s even worse is that you’re sending the poor gay kids in your community - kids who never chose to be the way they are, and have done nothing and WILL do nothing to hurt you - a very clear message: you’re going to hell, and we couldn’t be happier about that.

I cannot believe that followers of Christ would allow such awful things to be said and celebrated in God’s house. Jesus preached tolerance and compassion. What’s in that video isn’t spreading the word and love of God, it’s preaching hate and loathing to a group of people who are in no way a threat to your, your congregation, or the word of God. 

You’re giving Christians everywhere a bad name with your intolerance and bigotry. You should be ashamed of your conduct, and you should know that good Christians are feeling ashamed to be affiliated with you. May God have mercy on your souls.

I encourage you all to do the same.

And to be clear, I don’t have a problem with Christians, or religious folks in general. I have a problem with bigots and assholes using their faith as a shield for their intolerance and hatred. 

/rant