Vice President Mike Pence is under fire within the mainstream and LGBT media for speaking over the weekend at a historically black church where the pastor spoke out against anything that harms the “foundation” of marriage, including homosexuality.
Pence spoke at the Holy City Church of God In Christ in Memphis, Tenn., ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day – affirming the “ideals” King supported – but it was a pastor’s subsequent sermon that sparked controversy.
NBC News’ website, ran an Out News story under the headline, “Pence attends homophobic sermon streamed on White House YouTube channel.” The Hill’s website ran a similar story with the title, “Pence attends sermon where bishop says ‘demonic spirit’ is behind homosexual attraction.” Newsweek and others posted similar stories.
The pastor’s sermon, though, was similar to what can be heard in any evangelical church.
“The church is Christ’s bride. One day He’s coming back for his bride,” Bishop Jerry Wayne Taylor said.
Taylor’s sermon focused on the importance of building on the right “foundation.”
“People are building [their lives] on lies, false prophets, false teaching – but we’ve got to build on the Word of God,” Taylor said. “… His Word will not change for nobody. … When building, the foundation is the most important part of any organization, school, marriage [or] home.
“… What is the devil trying to do?” Taylor asked. “He’s trying to destroy the foundation of marriage [and] cut off the reproduction process. Two men can’t have a baby. Two women can’t have a baby.”
Taylor also discussed abortion, saying presidents, queens and world leaders may have been…