TENNESSEE: Sheriff’s Deputy On Leave After Sermon Calling For Police To Execute LGBT People For Jesus

Knoxville’s CBS News affiliate reports:

Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy and pastor of All Scripture Baptist Church Grayson Fritts went on the defensive Wednesday night following the delivery of a sermon on June 2, 2019, calling on police to enforce a bible passage that prescribes death as punishment for being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. The sermon prompted an investigation by the Knox County District Attorney’s Office.

“The purpose of this sermon is, our government, like the police, should enforce Leviticus 20:13,” Fritts said during a service at All Scripture Baptist Church during a sermon titled “Sodomite Reprobates.” Fritts made several violent statements in his sermon, calling non-straight people “freaks, animals” and other names. He expressed the belief that it is the duty of police and the government to enforce anti-LGBTQ+ laws that are outlined in the Bible.

Two weeks ago Fritts requested to take part in a “voluntary buy-out” and he is currently on paid sick leave. The sheriff’s office say it is reviewing his pending cases for potential bias. Hit the link for MUCH more from his sermon.