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.

Church videos with harsh words for gays go viral online

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. Southern Baptists supported slavery

    That "pastor" sure lives in a huge house! So dark the con of man.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:40 am |
  2. jqent

    Ever notice, any church with "Truth" in its name tends to be narrow, intolerant and arrogant?

    June 5, 2012 at 1:40 am |
  3. Bootyfunk

    religion, pls go away. far, far away.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  4. Edgar Allen

    God damn you god damn atheist Stalin-lovers, I am going to explain faith to your hell-bound ignorant selves so that you get it and stop with all your fancy-pants talk-talk-talk stuff and bow down to the Lord!

    Time to open your eyes and listen!

    This is faith – I don't got any of your damn evidence, I don't know for sure, and I don't have any reason to believe, so therefore it's true.

    End of story.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • jqent

      Uh, gee, I seem to detect a note of anger in your comment. i may be wrong, of course, you may be just joshing us.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:41 am |
    • theend

      Jesus said, "when you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your failings too." Mk. 11.25

      June 5, 2012 at 1:42 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Edar Allen Poo, get a grip! I saw Jesus in the backyard yesterday playing with the unicorns. He told me that when he and the leprechauns get together and play poker, they badmouth folks like you who are filled with hate and ignorance.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:02 am |
    • Bet

      Ooh, Stalin. Dat 'stache.

      (I think he's being facetious.)

      June 5, 2012 at 2:13 am |
    • Methinks

      Edgar Allen . . . Poe?

      June 5, 2012 at 2:24 am |
  5. HmmmReallly

    I know another church that preaches a lot of hate and our president belong to it for over 20 years!

    June 5, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      Totally. Religion attracts all kinds of egomaniac screwballs.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • Bob Brown

      Well, there is that. But it wouldn't be polite to mention it.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • Albert Spencil

      Like it or not these people have a right to their beliefs and a right to express them publicly.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:41 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      @Albert Spencil, Yes, of course.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:53 am |
  6. Joe Sixpack

    People tend to hate other people that exhibit traits they dislike in themselves.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:29 am |
    • yeap that's right


      June 5, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  7. bhues

    The least they could do is get the kid a voice coach! hahaha

    June 5, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  8. Iowa

    And once again another church shows the bigotry and hatred the world doesn't need.

    And what is worse is that this is my birth state. Sigh!

    June 5, 2012 at 1:25 am |
  9. steve


    June 5, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      Don't lose faith in the country. Lose faith in god and religion. This is just par for the course. You don't hear the science community sitting around bashing gays.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:33 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      have hope, brother. i am straight against hate. it's all of our fight when that kind of prejudice rears it's ugly head. my fiance and i protested against prop 8 in cali. religious bigotry will lose eventually, like it always does.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:44 am |
  10. JLS1950

    "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;..."

    ...which pretty much explains a lot of the comments here.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • Bob Brown

      That would be easier to understand if it were in English.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      Interesting. I thought you were referring to religious people—sound doctrine being sanity, and following after their own lusts being the part of themselves that they feed to generate hate and condemnation.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:35 am |
    • jqent

      Itching ears may indicate rosacea, a common skin condition. Calamine lotion might help. Not listening to bigoted ignoramuses might help even more.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:44 am |
  11. movinman

    Of course it's all about love, this child loves gays and his grandfather, why just seventy years ago was in this very church singing about another group of people, let's see, I remember they rhymed with "triggers", yes, I remember now, I could feel the love throughout the church for this group.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • Mark From Middle River

      >>>" why just seventy years ago was in this very church singing about another group of people, let's see, I remember they rhymed with "triggers", yes, I remember now, I could feel the love throughout the church for this group."

      So does that mean that folks can change? If they can then pure reason has it that maybe one day you might as well. 🙂

      June 5, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • Bob Brown

      Oh, get over it! You race-baiters should find a hole, crawl into it, and pull the hole in after you.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:24 am |
  12. Ed

    Isn't it time to find something else to hate? That kid could have a relative who is but I still smell one groups cheap diversion.. One can find hateful things in many various ways from various types of people but Church is a time to replenish the faith, not use it as a tool for hate.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:13 am |
  13. Kragon

    Why do people live by the bible? It's just a book, which was written by man, and interpreted by man. Anyone who says otherwise is a blind idiot. Religious folks are some of the nastiest people I have ever encountered. They are judgmental, angry, hateful people. They divide the World more than anything else. I do not understand why civilized societies still believe in such lunacy. I guess we are not yet a civilized society.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • Mark From Middle River

      >>>"Religious folks are some of the nastiest people I have ever encountered. They are judgmental, angry, hateful people. "

      Are all of us? I ask because I talk with other members of the Black community and they say almost word for word what you just said about people of Faith. Why is it that all of you tend to echo each other. Even your statement of those who believe to follow the Bible is a idiot is straight out of Pat Robertson's and Bin Ladens playbook. The basic, if you choose to hold a view different than mine you are idiot or you are going to burn, etc etc...

      Why be that way, unless you have met all of the people of Faith.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • Bob Brown

      The Bible is the Word of God.

      Trouble is, it was written in Aramaic, and no one alive today has a CLUE what it all means.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:18 am |
  14. mickey1313

    The church clearly says if you don't believe what it believes you are evil and going to h-e-l-l, that IS HATE.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:10 am |
  15. FireBreathingElk

    That Robert Kirby guy's quote is telling. They don't consider gays to be people.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:10 am |
  16. R. Merrick

    The scriptures are clear.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • DocReality

      You mean, clearly written down by a human being.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Doc Sammy

      Yes they are. This Greensboro cult is gonna rot in hell for hate.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • Bob Brown

      "The Scriptures" were written over 2,000 years ago. In Aramaic. If you can tell us that you're a scholar of Aramaic who has studied the original tablets, they you're worth listening to. Otherwise, not.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  17. Andrew Hall

    Heaven is sounding less and less like a club that I care if I ever get into. Just send me to the opposite of the place these people are going to, please, God.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Relictus

      And yet, the "Faithful" never get the clue that they drive others away from Christ.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Mark From Middle River

      So do and some open Faith up to others. Depends on who you are speaking of.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • Bob Brown

      I'm sorta hoping for "dead and out of trouble" myself.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:20 am |
  18. Leroy Padmore

    wow it is a shame

    June 5, 2012 at 1:06 am |
  19. geETO

    this church doesn't hate and if you don't like it we'll kick your face in you immigrant pansy

    June 5, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • Mark From Middle River

      Sorta like the Liberals saying that women have the right to do with their bodies as they wish .... but the state has the right to tell you how much soda you can drink because they know what's best for your body.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:24 am |
  20. budshot

    of course this church teaches hate. They can't redefine the word or the actions.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • andres

      These church members are only been loyal to what it is clearly written on the Bible....You have two options for not basing hatred on the readings of the Bible, one, stop believing what the bible says or two read only the part that is convenient for the moral principles of our time. I'd say that is much better to throw it through a window unless you are a fan of old myths and legends. But even so, I'd rather read other better written books.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Bob Brown

      andres is a scholar of Aramaic and can tell us what the Bible really means. That's why he's on the faculty of a great university, has won the Nobel Prize, and... oh wait. He doesn't have a clue, does he?

      June 5, 2012 at 1:35 am |
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