Pastor Grayson Fritts delivered an anti-LGBTQ sermon, calling for local government to discriminate against LGBTQ folks, at All Scripture Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 2nd.
Fritts, who also works at the Knox County Sherriff’s Office as a detective, filled the sermon with derogatory labels against the LGBTQ community and deemed the community as “worthy of death,” according to an article from The Washington Post.
The pastor believes it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that the LGBTQ community is treated with solely the rights outlined in Christian scripture.
“God has instilled the power of civil government to send the police in 2019 out to the LGBT freaks and arrest them and have a trial for them, and if they are convicted, then they are to be put to death. Bible says that sentence should be carried out speedily,” Fritts said.
However, elected officials and local law enforcement have condemned Fritts’ sermon and have emphasized that it is not a shared view amongst local government officials. District Attorney General Charme Allen has confirmed that Fritts’ past cases as a detective will be looked into for discrimination. Additionally, Sherriff Tom Spangler announced that Fritts was not on active duty and on paid sick leave.
“I want to be very clear that it is my responsibility to ensure equal protection to ALL citizens of Knox County, Tennessee under the law, my oath and the United States Constitution without discrimination or hesitation. Rest assured that I have and will continue to do so,” Spangler said.
Fritts has continued to propagate his anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in later sermons with a continued emphasis on pushing local law enforcement to align with his views.