Deplorable: Former rap superstar Kanye West will join prominent anti-gay, conservative Christian hate preachers as a featured headliner at “Awaken 2020” a prayer rally to be held in Arizona this weekend.
In what’s being billed as the “first epic evangelical stadium event of the decade,” West will join a collection of controversial Christian leaders who preach a message of hate and intolerance.
Complex reports on the lineup of Christian hate preachers Kanye will be supporting:
Kanye’s bizarre transformation from rap superstar to a hateful conservative Christian has been a disappointing and bizarre spectacle. Last October West made the ridiculous claim that God gave him a $68 million tax refund because he is now “in service to Christ.”
The Christian gathering features a lineup of controversial religious leaders who’ve expressed anti-gay views. These figures include Cindy Jacobs, a self-proclaimed prophet who encouraged Christians to “rise up” and stop the Equality Act; Guillermo Maldonado, a Miami-based pastor who believes homosexuality is a result of “a generational curse, or even a demonic attack while in the womb”; Ché Ahn, the president of Harvest International Ministry who once compared gay rights to racist laws: “just because it’s legal does not mean that it’s right, at one time we had a law saying blacks were not citizens, that didn’t make that right”; and Lou Engle, a senior leader of the International House of Prayer who was a vocal proponent of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill, and who once claimed Nazism was fueled by homosexuality.
Previously Kanye made headlines after defending Trump and white supremacy. Last year, in a bizarre interview with TMZ, an intellectually unhinged Kanye West went on a bizarre rant, trying to justify his support for Trump, while claiming that being a slave was actually a choice.
In the bizarre interview West said:
When you hear about slavery for 400 years – for 400 years? That sounds like a choice!
Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. It’s like slavery, Holocaust. Holocaust, Jews. Slavery is blacks. So, prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race. We’re the human race.
As one might imagine, many people found Kanye’s remarks supporting Trump’s white supremacy, as well as his claim that slavery was a choice, to be disappointing, appalling, and profoundly ignorant.
Bottom line: Kanye West, a broken human being, and a moral failure, wants you to hate gays for Jesus.