- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Tennessee detective is leaving his post after a local newspaper exposed a church sermon he gave last weekend that called for the government to arrest and execute LGBTQ community members.

Knox County Detective Grayson Fritts, who is also a pastor at All Scripture Baptist Church in Knoxville, gave a June 2 sermon in which he told congregants that he believes that government officials should arrest, try, convict and execute members of the LGBTQ community, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported Wednesday.

“The Bible says the powers that be are ordained of God and God has instilled the power of civil government to send the police in 2019 out to these LGBT freaks and arrest them,” he said during the sermon, WVLT reported. “Have a trial for them, and if they are convicted then they are to be put to death … do you understand that? It’s a capital crime to be carried out by our government.”

After the sermon came to light, Sheriff Tom Spangler issued a statement saying the county and Mr. Fritts had come to an agreement on a buyout offer, which Mr. Fritts had requested before the June 2 sermon. The detective will be on paid sick leave until it takes effect on July 19, the News Sentinel reported.

Mr. Fritts appeared unfazed by the controversy at his church Wednesday night, saying he is just “preaching the Bible.”

“I’m not calling anybody in here to arms. I’m not calling anyone here to violence,” he claimed, the News Sentinel reported.

Mr. Fritts ended his commentary Wednesday by saying, “Put homos to death,” WVLT reported.

Meanwhile, the Knox County Attorney General’s Office said it is investigating complaints about Mr. Fritts‘ past cases and all pending cases involving him as a witness.

“I find this speech personally offensive and reprehensible,” Charme P. Allen said in a statement. “As district attorney, my constitutional obligation is to protect the integrity of the justice system. When any potential witness in a criminal proceeding expresses an opinion of hatred and/or bias towards a class of citizens, I am ethically bound to explore that witness’ credibility.”

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