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. JamieIRL

    If you're reading this; hate is exactly what you teach. Christ would not be pleased.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • jungleboo

      Try this.
      The c o n c e p t of "The Christ", the God within, the Spiritual at One with the Material, is violated by this hate-preaching. The major mistake that Christians make is puppetizing their original concepts and ideas into walking, talking marionettes who do and say things that please them (the Christians) through their string pulling.

      That mistake of creating literal puppets out of ethereal concepts causes the very fragmentations that Christian faiths have become, as in, "No, he said this!" "No, He said This!" "NO! HE SAID THIS!". if all of the Christians would give up their puppet shows and meditate on the basic message that mankind discovered several thousand years ago (The Christ Within -the "crossing" of the spiritual or quantum with the material or visible), everyone would be good neighbors and forget that they are divided by puppet scripts.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  2. Father Touchmewrong

    Yes, we do not teach hate. Unless you are a fruit pop, a black, a brown, an Asian, a liberal, a believer in climate change, pro-choice, pro-education, dislike Rush Limbaugh or are a critical thinker.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • kerrye

      Couldn't have summed it up better. No, they don't "teach hate", they just practice it.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  3. NSB008

    No..you don't teach hate..you just teach bigotry and intolerance..you can sugarcoat it all you want to make yourself feel better,but hate disguised as either is still HATE.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • jungleboo

      "Satan Himself" could not have devised a better cloak of invisibility that the shroud these Christians have wrapped themselves in. Their self-proclaimed right to speak about the supernatural, whatever that is, is Ego at its finest.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  4. sallen75

    I bet there would be a different reaction if the song was "Ain't no black man gonna make it to heaven". As long as it is gays, it is ok apparently.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  5. Edward Longshanks

    Most of the Tea Party / Fox News Inspired are just being ignorant, stop listing to Right wing Tea Party / Fox Media infused hate.

    The book of Genesis says "God created man in his own image" , so like you and me god also created them so how can he hate his own creation created in his own image, do you recall Jesus saying to hate them or they wont goto heaven, going to heaven is strickly based upon the deeds we do here.

    Its high time you stop listing to the hate speech of the right wing Tea party / Fox

    June 5, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Nilesh

      Father's Day is not only for the man of the house. Father's Day is also for all single morhtes who have taken the role of fatherhood.I am raised by a single parent, and I want to dedicate this heartwarming message for her.Mommy,Just want you to know that it's not all about YOU . It's all about US .Just the two of us. No matter what ,I promised to stay by your side.We will face the future together, through thick and thin I will hold your hand.There is nothing else I would rather be than to be by your side.Thank you for all the love. And I will always be proud that I am raised by a single parent.Cheers to our future together! Happy Dad's Day to my single Mommy!

      November 10, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  6. steve

    so they don't condone hate for anyone...okay cool good for them...so what's with the people cheering and applauding at those lines of the song and "that's my boy!"...........doesn't that kind of contradict the whole "we don't teach hate or condone it in any way" and blow it out of the water?

    June 5, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Father Touchmewrong

      "That's my boy" is my favorite line in the song! Can you guess why???....

      June 5, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • steve

      only if you can guess why i don't care?

      June 5, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Father Touchmewrong

      Tou are too old to get it.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  7. Jack

    People! it's Indiana!!! What else could you expect from a group of backward troglodytes!?? If you did DNA testing the people in that state would only be one or two generations away from the neanderthals.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  8. Ken

    Hatred wrapper in prayer is still hatred. Religion distorts reality and is the root of all evil.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Father Touchmewrong

      Don't be afraid of my hate stick. All the boys like it...

      June 5, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  9. RES

    It's all in the Bible "Jesus did not come to condem us, but to save us". He also told us to " love God first, and others as ourselves". God made us all and He commanded us to love all! Any church teaching/preaching judgement is not true chritianity. It's all in the Bible.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      "I come not to bring peace, but to bring a sword" (Gospel of Matthew 10:34)

      Whatever your opinions, there's probably a quote in the Bible that's both for and against your position.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • NeedNewGov

      The church also needs to remember the part in the bible about corrupting children. What's killing Christianity are Christians. Soooo sad that this church needs to spend so much energy condemning others.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  10. What?

    God does not give anyone the right to judge. Read the rest of the Bible. Not just what fits your opinion.

    You Preach Hate.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      The G man has (Biblically of course, seeing as he doesn't exist outside Bizarro World) used people to dish out his own brand of horrific justice though (looking at you Moses). Maybe these preachers see themselves as modern Mosi (plural) without the high body count.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  11. Father Touchmewrong

    Yes, we do not teach hate. Unless you are a fruit pop, a black, a brown, an Asian, a liberal, a believer in climate change, pro-choice, pro-education, dislike Rush Limbaugh or a critical thinker.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Dang it, I was doing fine up until pro choice.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  12. Sussay

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck... chances are it's a duck.

    If the song sounds like hate and it's intent is hate... I'm thinking it just may be hate.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck; shoot it.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  13. tacostand

    Of course these churches teach hate as do the parents of these kids. If there is a god and a heaven and a he11, I think we all know where these folks end up.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  14. no nothing

    "I think it's blown out of proportion, you know," said Robert Kirby, That's right Robert, you blow.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  15. Richard Hurtz

    All –

    The pastor is Rev. Jeff Sangl. He email is: pastorsangl@apostolictruthtabernacle.net

    Phone: 812-662-8224
    Web Site: http://www.apostolictruthtabernacle.net/home

    Address is:
    1114 W. Westridge Pkwy
    Greensburg, IN 47240

    Good Luck!

    June 5, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • justme

      why does anyone refer to these people as reverend?

      June 5, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Mrs. Katz

      Thank you. I just sent him a little "love note".............. hee hee!

      June 5, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  16. midwest

    To the Editor: "... congregants arrived to the church..." When will CNN edit these "reports" before they appear here? And to Mr. Kirby who claims "they love everybody," you are sadly mistaken.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  17. palintwit

    Sarah Palin is so stupid she thinks you need a psssport to have breakfast at IHOP.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • steve

      hmm...can you say irrelevant?

      June 5, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  18. Mrs. Katz

    I suspect you'd be hard-pressed to locate a tooth among the parishioners of this "church".

    June 5, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • palintwit

      If the toothbrush had been invented anywhere but in the south it would've been called a teethbrush.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Mario

      Deep Space Monkey:I found you by accident while nigvaating The Google. I am very sorry to hear about your plight; however, I noticed that you only posted once. This distresses me, as I fear you may be dead. Please do not be dead, Deep Space Monkey. We on Earth need you to put our lives in perspective.Also, I want to know what space is like. Have you met an alien? What have you been eating for the last five years? Have you encountered any wormholes? Is Carl Sagan out there?Hoping you are well and not at all dead,A concerned college student

      November 8, 2012 at 5:42 am |
  19. lunchbreaker

    I think I would respect all these people busted by the viral outbreak just a little more if they woud just stick to thier guns. Don't bother apologizing, you said it. Did you mean it or not?

    June 5, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Roscoe Chait

      I agree. Not sure what's more obnoxious–what they said or their lying about it. Both acts should send them to h*ll in a handbasket.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  20. Marie Curie

    Okay, we've gone through the hate thing. It's bad. Especially from a kid. But, who else other than me is also bothered by the use of the word "ain't"? When are we going to teach the young people in the world that education is important. I believe that pushing for righteous education can also benefit in teaching about hate, and why it's a bad thing. Let's start with the basics. Grammar. I mean, technically the kid used a double negative, so, you know... they will go to heaven, so technically they aren't preaching hate. See? Education. Important.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      That's a semantic mind-f.uck right there.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:55 am |
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