Kirk Franklin Apologizes for Black Church's Treatment of LGBT Community: 'We Haven't Treated Them Like People'

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"We're talking about human beings, men and women that God has created," Franklin said. 

Kirk Franklin is taking a stand against homophobia.

Speaking to The Grio, the gospel legend issued an apology to the gay community for any homophobia within the Black church.

"I want to apologize for all of the hurtful and painful things that have been said about people in the church that have been talented and gifted and musical, that we've used and we've embarrassed…and all this other horrible crap that we've done," Franklin said. "We have not treated them like people. We're talking about human beings, men and women that God has created."

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Franklin went on to point out that the Bible isn't intended to attack gay people.

"It is horrible that we have made it where the Bible is a homophobic manual," he said. "That's not what the Bible is. I mean, you want to talk about things that God gets at: pride and jealousy and envy and arrogance. But what we also see is God sending his son to save us all because we were all—straight, gay or whatever—lost and in need of a savior, and there's room at the cross for all of us."

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