YORK (AP) — Gospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes "no excuses or
apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays
and lesbians as perverted.
A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love
& Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that
"the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and
confusion, it has deceived many men and women." She referred to specific
homosexual acts as perverted.
Meanwhile, Burrell is scheduled to
sing a duet with Pharrell next Thursday on the talk show "Ellen," where
host Ellen DeGeneres is one of show business' most prominent lesbians.
They are supposed to sing "I See Victory" from the soundtrack of the new
movie "Hidden Figures."
There was no immediate reaction from DeGeneres' show or her social media platform on Saturday.
posted on Instagram that "I condemn hate speech of any kind," although
he made no specific reference to his duet partner.
immediately clear when Burrell gave the sermon. She spoke on Facebook
Live Friday about the tape that had circulated, referring to unspecified
"enemies" for spreading only a portion of her speech.
that she has never discriminated against gays and lesbians. "I love you
and God loves you," she said. "But God hates the sin."