It’s not all that surprising to see a Christian pastor with a history of anti-gay, anti-trans rhetoric. John Gray, an associate pastor at Joel Osteen‘s Lakewood Church in Houston, has made a number of remarks over the years denigrating LGBT people.
What’s unusual, though, is for Oprah Winfrey to celebrate a man like that by giving him his own TV show.
The Book of John Gray, which premiered over the weekend on the Oprah Winfrey Network, is described as a “dramedy docu-follow hybrid about the life of John Gray and his uniquely humorous way of helping people.”
I guess it’s “uniquely humorous” because he prevents LGBT people from getting equal rights? Haha. Hilarious.
For someone who has a history of advocating for and championing people who have traditionally struggled, this may seem out of line for Oprah… until you realize she has a warm spot in her heart for religion and spirituality and woo.
In 2011, we posted an article on this site about a Christian Men’s conference that a reader attended. Gray was one of the speakers. Our attendee wrote at the time:
[Gray’s] primary message: men should stay virgins until marriage, and then remain faithful to their wives. All things being equal, not a bad message for the average American male (hey, at least he doesn’t have a sexual purity double-standard), but I really could have done without the explicit homophobia. As Gray’s primary subject matter was marriage, he just couldn’t help himself from making several clear condemnations of same-sex marriage specifically, and homosexuality in general.
The man hasn’t changed and his homophobia was never a secret. Oprah should’ve known better. Either she didn’t do her research on the man or she doesn’t give a damn that Christians like him have done so much to hurt people in the LGBT community.
(Thanks to Jason for the link)