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Kanye has a few explanations to make.
Since abandoning secular music to save souls and rapping on Chick-fil-A, his crusade for Christ has been praised and acclaimed by pastors like Adam Tyson and profiteers like Joel Osteen. And although there have been many new friends and bad music along the way, it seems that these associations have officially passed into problematic territory.
In what is billed as the “first evangelical epic stadium event of the decade,” the Chicago native will make the front page of Awaken 2020, a massive prayer gathering this weekend in Tempe, Arizona, according to the Daily News. But before you put on your church clothes and get ready to slap the shit out of your favorite tambourine, you might want to check out the highly questionable lineup that will join Yeezus Christ on stage.
From the complex:
The Christian rally presents a list of controversial religious leaders who have expressed anti-gay views. These figures include Cindy Jacobs, a self-proclaimed prophet who encouraged Christians to “stand up” and stop the equality law; Guillermo Maldonado, a Miami-based pastor who believes that homosexuality is the result of “a generational curse, or even a demonic attack in the womb”; Ché Ahn, the president of Harvest International Ministry who once compared gay rights to racist laws: “it’s not because it’s legal that it’s true, at one time we had a law saying that black people weren’t citizens, that didn’t do that right ”; and Lou Engle, a senior official at the International House of Prayer who was a staunch supporter of the Ugandan bill “Kill the Gays”, and who once claimed that Nazism was fueled by homosexuality.
Shit, Kanye. Is this what Jesus would do?
As you would expect, fans of the rapper from “Good Life” are less than happy with his latest affiliation.
“I can give him the benefit of the doubt, but I think he’s disappointing (West) is going to partner with people like Lou Engle,” Arizona Gays student John Gimenez told Arizona Republic. State University. “As a person who grew up listening to Kanye, just seeing him kiss people who, if they could, would see people like me marginalized, is a very bitter feeling.”
Kanye has yet to make a decision to line up on such controversial numbers, but given that we’re talking about the same guy who traded friendship bracelets with Donald Trump, is anyone really surprised?