The Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana, has come under fire since a video showing a 3-year-old boy singing an anti-gay song that includes the lyrics 'Ain’t no homos gonna make it to Heaven' went viral earlier this week.
As of Friday (1 June) evening PST, the video had been viewed by more than 500,000 people on YouTube. It shows Pastor Jeff Sangl and his congregation cheering wildly after the performance.
Now the church has tried to quell the uproar by posting the following message on its website: 'The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason. We believe and hope that every person can find true Bible salvation and the mercy and grace of God in their lives.'
It also states: 'We are a strong advocate of the family unit according to the teachings and precepts found in the Holy Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the Divinely-inspired Word of God and we will continue to uphold and preach that which is found in scripture.'
Meanwhile, uproar over the video continues.
US Congressman Barney Frank, who is openly gay, said in an interview with MSNBC on Friday that teaching and encouraging a young child to sing such a song 'is child abuse.'
'This poor kid is being indoctrinated with this crap about us,' he said. 'But these [anti-gay] people are diminishing and sometimes people, when they know they are losing, they get more virulent, they strike out more.'
The video can be seen below: