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Detective-Pastor: We Must Arrest, Kill All Gay People - Page 2

DA in Tennessee is now reviewing all pending cases involving Grayson Fritts
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2019 12:21 PM CDT
Updated Jun 16, 2019 10:32 AM CDT

  • Outgoing detective: County Sheriff Tom Spangler says Fritts, 39, has taken a buyout and is no longer on active duty. He will be on sick leave until the buyout takes effect July 19. "I want to be very clear that it is my responsibility to ensure equal protection to ALL citizens of Knox County ... without discrimination or hesitation," said the sheriff. "Rest assured that I have and will continue to do so."
  • Case review: The Knox County District Attorney's Office is now reviewing all pending cases involving Fritts and encourages anyone with concerns about a closed case to come forward, reports WVLT.
  • Condemnation: Several public officials, including the mayor of Knoxville, the mayor of Knox County, and Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee have denounced Fritts. "Let’s be very clear. This Knox County Sheriff’s detective is preaching about murdering LGBTQ people," wrote Cooper. "There is no ambiguity. There is no confusion. He is suggesting the execution of our friends and neighbors."
  • Fritts' key passage: "The purpose of this sermon is, our government, like the police, should enforce Leviticus 20:13," Fritts told his congregation. Per WVLT, the King James Bible version of Leviticus reads: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."
  • Defending himself: Fritts told reporters that he never let his beliefs affect his job as a detective. In a subsequent sermon, he said: “The world looks at it and they’re like, ‘Oh, there’s Pastor Fritts. There’s that lone wolf ... that one guy, that one Baptist pastor that’s just a lunatic, that’s just crazy.'" But, he added, "There’s a lot of people that believe exactly like I believe.”
(Read more pastor stories.)

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