The Washington Blade’s Lou Chibbaro reports that LGBT activists are dismayed after the D.C. government paid $80,000 this year for a performance at the city’s annual Franklin 300x200 DC Activists Upset After Homophobic Gospel Singer Croons At City Sponsored EventEmancipation Day celebration by a gospel singer who has publicly called for gays to abandon the “homosexual lifestyle.”

Internationally acclaimed gospel singer and musician Kirk Franklin, the winner of seven Grammy Awards, gave an outdoor concert April 16 in Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington as part of this year’s Emancipation Day festivities. According to the story:

In most of his comments on the subject, Franklin has called on the church to treat LGBT people with kindness, compassion and love but has insisted “we can never compromise what the Bible says about homosexuality,” as stated in his book.

When he was asked in an Associated Press interview what he sees in the future for the LGBT community in the black church, Franklin reiterated his theme of compassion along with change.

“I think that you have to be, as Scripture would say, ‘as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove’ to lovingly share the truth, to lovingly and to passionately speak the truth in love into the lives of all people to allow that message that you speak…trust that it has enough power to do the changing,” the AP quoted him as saying.

Wayne Besen, founder and leader of Truth Wins Out, a national LGBT organization that monitors efforts by religious groups to help gays change their sexual orientation to heterosexuality through a process known as “conversion therapy,” said many of the advocates of that debunked process have changed their rhetoric and public statements in recent years.

Besen said on the heels of overwhelming scientific evidence that conversion therapy doesn’t work and is harmful to people who undergo such treatment, many of the groups promoting the treatment have dropped their previous harsh rhetoric condemning homosexuality as being evil and calling gay people sinners condemned to hell.

“What we have from people like Kirk Franklin and others is an exercise in double-speak and dishonesty,” Besen said. “But their message is the same – gay people are inferior and we should punish them. As we’re enacting punitive laws and conferring second-class citizenship on them we’re going to sugarcoat it and tell them that we love them.”

It is appropriate that Franklin and other such fake Christians are modeling their behavior on a serpent — because they are acting like snakes, no matter how many times they disingenuously claim they love us. The truth is, they compromise on everything the Bible says for their own convenience, yet twist the Scripture to support bigotry.