June 4th, 2012
05:43 PM ET

We don't teach hate, says church where anti-homosexual song filmed

By Ismael Estrada, CNN

Greensburg, Indiana (CNN) - About 20 protesters gathered on Sunday outside the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle here to voice opposition to a viral online video that was taped in the church and shows a young child singing song with lyrics that offer a harsh message for homosexuals.

The video, which surfaced on YouTube last week, shows a child in front of the congregation, singing "I know that God is right, and somebody's wrong... ain't no homo going to make it to heaven."

The congregation erupts in applause at those lines, which the unidentified boy repeats as the pastor looks on.

At another point in the video a voice is heard shouting,"That’s my boy."

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In the first Sunday service since the video surfaced, congregants arrived to the church as protesters jeered them over the video.

A church leader, who would not give his name, told CNN that journalists were not allowed inside the church and declined to offer anyone from church leadership to comment on the video.

The leader said that he needed to be cautious about letting outsiders into the church because it had received threats over the video and asked CNN to leave the premises.

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The local sheriff's office said the church had not reported any verifiable threats.

No one answered the door at the home of Jeff Sangl, the church's pastor.

The video of the singing boy was the latest in a string of viral anti-gay videos that have surfaced from independent churches.  Those videos have been resoundingly condemned by religious leaders, even by conservatives who believe homosexual sex is a sin.

The Apostolic Truth Tabernacle posted a statement on its website that says in part: "The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason.”

The pastor's son, Josh Sangl, told CNN his father was away on vacation and that there was much more to the video than we were being told, though he wouldn’t elaborate.

The majority of the church members wouldn’t comment about the controversy or respond to questions about the parents of the young boy.

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"I think it's blown out of proportion, you know," said Robert Kirby, who is not a church member but was attending Sunday's church service in support of his daughter, who teaches Sunday School there. "They love everybody.

"They don't love sin though," he said. "It's all in the Bible."

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Filed under: Belief • Church • Homosexuality

soundoff (3,151 Responses)
  1. Evangelical

    Fact: You can be gay and change. I was gay, but have been straight for 18 months. It is a choice. I no longer have $ex with men. Gays are disgusting.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • Rick James

      LOL. You were gay?

      June 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • G. Zeus Kreiszchte

      Except when it's girl on girl.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Evangelical

      When you can't argue a point, then just steal a person's screen name. Classy.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Poor Eva.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • jungleboo

      You are a troll.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Evangelical

      Fact: You can be sober and change. I was drunk but have been straight for 18 months.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  2. Grandma

    In some Islamic countries (Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc.), gays will have their head cut off. We should perhaps follow the same here in America!

    June 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Rick James

      Time for your nap and meds, granny. We shouldn't follow Islamic cavemen laws for any reason.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  3. Timothy

    "The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason.”

    Really, if that was the case, you would be on video stopping the boy and scoulding the congregation for applauding hate songs.

    Nice try though. If caught, apologize, and pretend you aren't a gay-hater.

    Have you applied for membership in Romney's Mormon church?

    June 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  4. Evangelical

    Fact: Ho-mos-exual marriage failed in EVERY state where it was put up to a vote.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son


      June 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Cletus

      If more than half the people are stupid, and they are, then a majority vote just means majority stupid.
      You are majority stupid, evangalical

      June 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • Revjim

      Voters right laws would have never been enacted in the South if put to a vote. Inter-racial was illegal in most southern states including Virginia 50 some years ago. Those laws would have never been overturned if put to vote. The majority never votes to give rights to the minority, those rights always have to be legislated.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  5. nru

    Wow – who would think that this could happen

    June 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  6. Professor Kim

    Gays will never be tolerated, accepted nor be allowed to get married. Now shut up and stop acting like a díck!

    June 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Drew

      Hahah gays are allowed to get married all over the world and in this country. F***ing inbred idi0t

      June 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • Rick James

      People said the same thing about black people. That obviously turned out to true (sarcasm).

      June 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • limeade

      Sorry to tell you but gays are accepted and are being married as we blog. So why don't you shut up and start acting like a human being!

      June 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  7. scott

    Brain washing early....lets applaud to a remark by a young boy for a negative affirmation which is truly regarded as demeaning..and no less in church.
    I guarantee the same thing "like this" went on in churches in the 1950's but it was about blacks....
    People love to use the Bible for a means of hatred ...I'm sure thats what God intended. Anyone can call them a Christian and anyone can pretend there sinless.
    Lets not Judge others when you need to clean your own house.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Evangelical

      Do you DARE go there. Don't you dare compare skin color to depraved filthy behavior.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why? What are you going to do about it, Eva?

      June 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  8. DrewNumberTwo

    They love everyone, yet worship a god that sends people to hell. That makes sense.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm |

    You call it sad? I find the hilariously hypocritical. I have seen an infinite amount of political campaigns using CHILDREN IN THE SAME saying hateful things but hey now it is a problem?

    June 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  10. Andy

    nooo that's not hate. It's love. It's home grown, mountain redneck love. Praise Jesus! It's ok to sleep with your sister, just not your brother, if ya know what I mean.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Tracey

      Oh Andy, soooooo true!!!!

      June 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  11. lesmoore

    the worst part is these and all other churches get tax free status.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Professor Kim

      So do Mosques, Synagogues, Hindu/Sikh/Buddhist temples as well... none of them pay taxes either.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • lesmoore

      i know, none of them should have that. It might save the economy and the world
      to tax religion...thats my platform

      June 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Fearless Freep

      *** Professor Kim

      So do Mosques, Synagogues, Hindu/Sikh/Buddhist temples as well... none of them pay taxes either.

      But none of them are buying votes or passing laws.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  12. Christy

    Inbred, mullet wearing, ignorant Indiana white-trash. Nothing close to being Christian, more like a cult and that's what this "church" should be treated as.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Ralph M

      just like their inbred brethren, the westboro baptists

      June 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  13. Evangelical

    We need to recriminalize ho-mos-exuality.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • Rick James

      Criminalizing ignorance and outright stupidity would be much better for society. The church here would be a good start.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Drew

      Sorry bigot, you're on the wrong side of the 1920s

      June 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • NEC

      We need to outlaw religion!

      June 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Andy

      There's a rational thought!

      June 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Eva, you're slime.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Fearless Freep

      Must be lonely sitting in your basement with your finger up your azz
      spouting garbage because you are attention starved.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  14. Engineer in Raleigh

    Of course they're going to say they "don't preach hate" after it's been put on display. They are cowards.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  15. Patricksday

    The "Church's" Tax Exempt Status should be pulled immediately. Let them sing about that.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  16. Tracey

    Ok, these are some wonkie people. I would bet there is a % of people in that audience who are gay or whose offspring, aunts, uncles, etc are gay. Certainly wasn't a good day to go to church. I learned more about caring, loving, understanding, and compassion from my family, teachers, and work than I ever did from church. Bunch of idiots as far as I am concerned.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  17. Thomas Henley

    The truth is that I suspect two men, or two women will be able to learn how to breed all on their own about in or around the same time the Christians actually first witness their god in person...which is to say never in all above cases.

    It's a strange planet thanks to it's dominant species, I think we'd all be better off just leaving it at that!

    I know I am!

    June 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  18. Wiley Thruster

    Who cares? This is America. One has the freedom to sing whatever song he wants, have whatever friends he wants, worship in whichever church he wants, believe in whatever sin he wants. Dine, marry or sleep with whomever he wants. This BS from the left or the right about everyone having to conform to some kind of PC nonsense is just that, nonsense. I applaud everyone that has the freedom to sing an anti-gay song, a pro-gay song, or any stupid song they want. Sing it loud, sing it proud. God bless America!

    June 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Overnights are boring

      heard that!

      June 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Drew

      Just because people can say anything doesn't mean they should. When someone is speaking hatred, it is our responsibility to point it out

      June 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • D

      "Dine, marry or sleep with whomever he wants."
      Really? Perhaps you're unaware of a lot of laws that are on the books prohibiting the latter two of those activities?

      June 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Lynn P.

      Drew, trouble with that statement is that we have been indoctrinated to believe that if anyone speaks out about anything at all, it is considered hate speech, intolerance, ignorance, profiling, being uninformed, being hateful, spiteful, divisive, angry, over-the-top, old fashioned or just plain crazy. So we are all expected to shut our mouths about anything to do with race, gays, politics, ancestry, education, opportunity, culture, languages, morals, God, politics or anything else that just might offend someone. So we all walk around pretending that everything is absolutely fine. Just fine. Call it what you like, but society is anything BUT fine, and we're all ignoring the gorillas in the room for fear of being called names by someone who doesn't agree with an opinion we may have. We have become an over-permissive, blind and unmotivated society that media has succeeded in brainwashing. We are all brainwashed, and even afraid to say we are, because then we are accused of being paranoid. Group mentality that has been taught to self-police is ripe for total takeover.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • Fearless Freep

      Christians are trying to use thier religion and politicians to pass laws against gay people.
      Maybe we should start passing laws against christians and see how they like it.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  19. caw

    They do not TEACH hate, only praise it when it's displayed.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
    • Jebus

      Oh, well that must be okay then... Moron

      June 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  20. Jebus

    Religion like this breeds intolerance and ignorance. Jesus loved even the sinners, yet hate churches like this claim to follow his teachings.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
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