In a video once banned by Facebook, popular internet preacher and leader of Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee, Greg Locke, denounces transgenderism as a mental illness and charged that support for the movement should not be equated with the civil rights movement.
Locke revealed in early August that the controversial video he shared on his Facebook page was deleted and banned by Facebook for 24 hours because it was in violation of the company's community standards. He was further threatened with permanent disabling of his account should he be found guilty again.
The Tennessee preacher responded in a protest post on Facebook declaring: "NO Facebook, I DID NOT violate your 'community standards.' I merely upset the LGBTQ crowd and you bowed to the criticism and deleted my video." His post went viral and it appears it was successful as on Monday he reposted the video highlighting his thoughts on "transgender nonsense" while promoting "freedom of speech."
"You know I never could have realized last year when my Target video went bonkers viral, that we were still going to be fighting this transgender nonsense almost every single day. The LGBTQ — whatever the acronym is now — crowd has effectively crammed this down our throat and made it one of their number one agendas," Locke says at the beginning of the video.
He then cited former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's promotion of transgenderism as a civil right when her office filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state of North Carolina over a bill that required transgender people in public agencies to use the bathrooms consistent with their birth sex, rather than bathrooms that fit their gender identity.
"Instead of turning away from our neighbors, our friends, our colleagues, let us instead learn from our history and avoid repeating the mistakes of our past. Let us reflect on the obvious but often neglected lesson that state-sanctioned discrimination never looks good in hindsight," Lynch said before alluding to America's history of racial discrimination.
"It was not so very long ago that states, including North Carolina, had signs above restrooms, water fountains and on public accommodations keeping people out based upon a distinction without a difference. We have moved beyond those dark days, but not without pain and suffering and an ongoing fight to keep moving forward. Let us write a different story this time. Let us not act out of fear and misunderstanding, but out of the values of inclusion, diversity and regard for all that make our country great," she said.
Locke argued, however, that Lynch's statement should be seen as offensive to African-Americans.
"Last year, Loretta Lynch, when she was in power, tried to proclaim that transgender rights are the same as civil rights, which should be extraordinarily offensive to any African-American who knows the history of everything they had to go through to get the actual rights that they have today," Locke said.
"Transgenderism is not a civil right. It's not normal, it's anti-biblical. And I'm sorry, just because I have morals and values that does not make me a discriminatory bigot. I'm sick of the day and age in which we live when people call good evil and evil they call good," he continued.
He then noted that as recently as 10 years ago, transgenderism was treated as a mental illness in the medical community.
"Here's Bruce Jenner's fiasco, you have the Target bathroom nonsense, the whole North Carolina deal. Over and over and over again, they're trying to make us think, especially our children, that transgenderism is normal when 10 years ago anybody with an education and a medical degree would have proclaimed it was multiple personality disorder," Locke said.
"Yes, I'm a pastor and I said that in a Facebook video. And no, I won't apologize. I'm gonna be kind and I'm gonna be loving, but it's not normal. It's sick behavior that we cannot make excuses for. So regardless of what President Trump does with his ban on transgenders in the military, I don't care. I'm just against the foolishness of it from the word go. It's a slippery slope. Now you have trans-species, trans-this, trans-that. Let me tell you what I'm all about. I'm all about Gospel transformation," he said.