A little boy who sang an anti-gay hymn has now become an Internet sensation after singing “Ain’t no homo gonna make it to heaven.”
An Indiana pastor is reportedly fielding death threats after footage surfaced of his congregation going wild for a tiny tot singing an anti-gay hymn. The clip was posted on Wednesday and has more than 1,000 dislikes compared to its 95 likes. Though the YouTube video barely has 20,000 views, the story has been buzzed about on social media sites.
The church the boy was singing at has been identified as the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church in Greensburg, Indiana. Due to the publicity from the video, the church and its pastor, Jeff Sangl, have been getting harassing phone calls. Members told TMZ that the pastor has even received death threats at his home.
TMZ added that the church is “on lockdown,” and the members of the congregation have been taking turns to watch the grounds.
Sangl afraid for his well being, so he and his wife absconded for a vacation Wednesday morning. They must have been truly frightened because they did not tell anyone where they were going, a member divulged to the website.
Some people believe the video displays a form of child abuse.
“What makes this particular demonstration of intolerance so shocking is just how young this congregant is,” Gawker reporter Neetzan Zimmerman wrote. “Believing him to be no older than five, some are calling the church’s treatment of the boy out-and-out child abuse.”
Other YouTube users were disgusted with the way the members of the church cheered the boy on. “Listen to the applause he’s getting for spouting hate!” wrote one commenter on YouTube.
Though the church has been getting nothing but a predominately negative backlash, they don’t regret the video being placed online, members explained to TMZ.com.
“The people who are upset just don’t reach the word of God,” a member of the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church said to TMZ. “If we don’t teach the children the truth early they will never learn.
“Of course we applauded a child who is singing a song about God.”