While Philadelphia celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first major US protest for LGBT equality on Sunday, our own resident religious icon impersonator, Philly Jesus, decided it'd be a good time to unleash a series of anti-gay messages via social media.
And in meme form, no less:
Which is odd, considering Philly Jesus (real name Mike Grant) had earlier posted messages of support for the gay community following the Supreme Court's decision in favor of gay marriage across several social media profiles last week.
Those messages of support have since been deleted, which Philly Jesus followed up by issuing an apology to fans who may have been offended by his previous messages of support. Via Phillymag:
TO ALL MY TRUE BORN AGAiN CHRiSTiAN BROTHERS AND SiSTERS..i WANNA PUBLiCLY APOLiGiZE TO ALL OF YOU AND ASK FOR YOUR FORGiVENESS FOR THE LAST PAST COUPLE DAYS ON THE POSTs i WAS MAKiNG ABOUT SAME SEX MARRiAGE..YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE...i REPENT iN JESUS NAME..AND ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND FORGiVENESS..
Now, Philly Jesus has doubled down on his new course of action with postings defending his viewpoint, saying that he "will not remove the truth":
Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), the view that "homosexuality lifestyle [sic] is sin" has gained Philly Jesus some support:
But it also garnered him a fair amount of online backlash:
Despite the negative reactions, Philly Jesus appears to be staying the anti-gay course, telling Phillymag's Victor Fiorillo that he "got convinced by the Holy Spirit that I should have never posted that stuff," and that he is "here to tell people to repent."
Meanwhile, the $70,000 GoFundMe account Philly Jesus started last month with hopes of using the cash to start a traveling ministry has garnered just $1,600 in donations.
In response to the GoFundMe page, local social media mystery man @FindMePhilly last month called Philly Jesus "the opposite of Jesus."