Grayson Fritts is a detective with the Knox County (Tennessee) Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Fritts is also the pastor at the All Scripture Baptist Church. On the church’s website …
“A person will only burn in their lust toward the same gender if they have been given over to a reprobate or rejected mind. God said homosexuality should be punished with the death penalty, as set forth in Leviticus 20:13. No homosexual will be allowed to attend or join All Scripture Baptist Church.”
My jaw dropped, and my chest hurt … hot tears of rage … what sort of “religion” is this???
This is a clip from his June 2nd ‘sermon’ …
He goes on to say that “That’s the problem with law enforcement nowadays. They are chasing around cookie thieves, when the real animals are on floats rolling down Gay Street.” He also called for the government to send a riot team to a Pride parade scheduled for June 22 in Knoxville. He said LGBT people should be arrested, tried, and if convicted, executed.
The thought of a person like this influencing people, especially young children, makes one shudder, but even worse is the fact that until this month, until the fallout and outrage over his sermon, he was a member of law enforcement is beyond belief.
Fritts is no longer with the Knox Country Sheriff’s Department … he asked for early retirement after his sermon went viral. Sheriff Tom Spangler issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, after the Knoxville News Sentinel first reported about the Fritts’ sermon, that Fritts asked to take a county buyout offer. Spangler said he agreed, and Fritts is on paid sick leave until it takes effect July 19. But wait … why should he be getting paid sick leave?
In addition, district attorney, Charme P. Allen, said in a statement …
“When any potential witness in a criminal proceeding expresses an opinion of hatred and or bias toward a class of citizens, I am ethically bound to explore that witness’ credibility. Accordingly, I am reviewing all pending cases involving Mr. Fritts to scrutinize them for any potential bias.”
Okay, fine, wonderful, but … Fritts is still the pastor at that church, still spreading vile hatred against members of the community, still calling for LGBT people to be put to death. How can this be allowed? Yes, I know we have the 1st Amendment, and I am a great supporter of that amendment. But, we also have laws against inciting violence … laws that seem to rarely be enforced these days. Imagine children growing up listening to the crap he is preaching. Fritts has four children of his own, unfortunately for the world, and I can only imagine the sort of adults they will grow into.But you know what’s really scary? There are more of these “preachers” out there saying the same thing Fritts is saying, warping the minds of people, inciting violence against innocent people. It is reminiscent of the days of KKK rallies … the only difference is that the potential victims are different … LGBT people instead of black people.
I close with a few thoughts here. Why can people not learn to “live and let live”? If you don’t want to associate with gay or trans people, fine, then don’t. But for Pete’s sake why would you want to kill them? Why are people determined to do away with all of us who don’t fit the mold that Mr. Fritts came from … white, straight, Christian? I don’t fit that mold, and frankly the majority of people in the world don’t. It’s the same with most of the social issues today … abortion, for instance. If you don’t choose to have an abortion, fine. But don’t take away my right to decide what is best for me. Life is so much nicer if we just accept people as they are, and not try to fit them all into a cookie-cutter society. I am sickened, literally sickened by Mr. Fritts and his ilk. He is a dangerous sort, and he is a symbol of the biggest evil in the world today … extreme bigotry. I’ve always been told that Christianity is all about love and acceptance … what Mr. Fritts is preaching is hate and violence.