Photo Courtesy of Shanachie EntertainmentPastor and recording artist William Murphy, III launched a seven-day social media campaign to support Kim Burrell, in light of recent anti-LGBTQ statements she made during a church sermon.
Titled #1000peoplepraying, the campaign calls for the singer’s fans, and anyone else who may have been offended by Burrell’s words, to show compassion to the gospel singer, and each other in turn. Murphy, III is the senior pastor of The dReam Center Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
An Instagram message detailing the objectives of #1000people praying, posted by vocalist Tasha Cobbs says, “Give us the courage, and the patience to listen to those who believe differently than we do and cause us to be compassionate, and loving towards anyone, and everyone who doesn’t believe what we believe.”
A viral video of Kim’s sermon shows the performer saying that homosexuals are “perverted” and suggested that they would all die this year, which prompted a slew of criticism from viewers and celebrities such as Yolanda Adams, Pharrell Williams and Janelle Monáe.
Gospel legend Shirley Caesar defended Burrell’s point of view last week during a sermon of her own.
Burrell’s radio show, Bridging the Gap, and appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors award were subsequently cancelled as a result of the controversy.
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