Sheriff's Deputy Calls For Execution Of Homosexuals During Sermon

Knox County Sheriff’s Det. Grayson Fritts, a 20-year police veteran, said the government should kill LGBTQ people.

Knoxville, TN – A Knox County sheriff’s deputy who gave a sermon at a Baptist church advocating that the government kill members of the LGBTQ community has refused to back down on his stance.

Knox County Sheriff’s Detective Grayson Fritts gave the hour-long sermon on June 2 at All Scripture Baptist Church where he is a pastor, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

The church posted the sermon to YouTube but it has since been removed for violating the platform’s policy on hate speech.

In the sermon, Det. Fritts said the government should arrest, try and convict, and then “speedily” execute people within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

The community was outraged by the sermon, but Det. Fritts refused to back down in the face of opposition.

“I’m not an anomaly. I am a Baptist preacher that is just preaching the Bible and if it offends society, then it’s going to offend society, but if all these other pastors would grow a spine… and would stand up just like I’m standing up,” he said.

Det. Fritts said other Baptist pastors kept the same thought to themselves out of a fear of offending parishioners and having it affect donations, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

The detective said he wasn’t calling on his own church members to commit violence with his sermon.

“I’m not calling anybody in here to arms. I’m not calling anyone here to violence,” he said, “I’m saying it’s the government’s responsibility, is what I said… we should be ‘harmless as doves.’”

Knoxville County Sheriff Tom Spangler said Det. Fritts took a voluntary buyout from the county a few days after his anti-LGBTQ sermon went viral, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

The sheriff said the detective will remain on paid sick leave until the buyout happens on July 19.

Det. Fritts told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the buyout was not related to the content of his sermon.

Sheriff Spangler has consistently said that Det. Fritts does not reflect the opinion of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

"I want to be very clear that it is my responsibility to ensure equal protection to ALL citizens of Knox County, Tennessee under the law, my oath and the United States Constitution without discrimination or hesitation," the sheriff said. "Rest assured that I have and will continue to do so."

Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen said Wednesday that prosecutors will review all pending cases that involved Det. Fritts, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

"As district attorney, I have dedicated my career to the belief that justice is blind and that all people are entitled to equal protection of the law," Allen said. "I always have, and always will, prosecute fairly and justly, based upon the law and the evidence, without prejudice, bias, or discrimination of any kind.”

Det. Fritts defended his stance in a video published by the Knoxville News Sentinel.

“I didn’t wake up this morning and think, you know I want people to hate me,” the detective said. “You know what, if preaching the Bible causes that to happen, then so be it.

Det. Fritts said his views never impacted his work with the sheriff’s office and likened it to any other job.

“If I worked at the Burger King and someone from the LGBT came in and they ordered a hamburger, I would make them a hamburger. Because that is what my job is," he explained. "Even if I felt differently toward that person, and felt exactly the way I feel and believe, I would still do my job.”

Sheriff Spangler has faced criticism for not firing Det. Fritts outright.

He explained to the Knoxville News Sentinel that there were First Amendment rights that had to be considered and that the decision to let Det. Fritts take the buyout was the best decision for everybody.

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Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

"Police Now Want to Kill Gays"

Watchman53
Watchman53

that biblical commandment levitical law 5,000 year law has not been repealed 13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

JBo
JBo

Hard to believe that this kind of hatred still exists in this country. This is an ISIS thing not an American thing.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Lock his sorry ass up for inticing violence and other related hate crime statues.

Mama1959
Mama1959

As much as I agree, to each his own...he is justvoreaching what is contained in the Bible. He has that right as an American citizen and a preacher. His position with the sheriff's dept has no bearing on this.

portManaT13
portManaT13

The detective/"pastor's" position is the same as that of Muslims and Islam: use government to enforce a religious belief. There is no redemption from that. The truly Christian position is to "Love the sinner; hate the sin." That does not mean that we try to play God as Det. Grayson Fritts seems to think we should. It is 100% correct that he is no longer in a position of power and authority with the Know County, TN, Sheriff's Department.

K9ndn
K9ndn

He has to eight of free speech. He was in the capacity of a preacher not a LE officer. Other religions and even the LGBTXYZ community says things that are horrible and get away with it all the time and even people who are in LE. This should be held with kid gloves thru internal Affairs and the DA”s office because this could open up Pandora’s box. The Bible in old and New Testament say things that were the laws back then and now but we still Do business with countries that put these people to death and throw them off of roof tops.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

He’s not preaching from the Bible but the Koran. The Bible teaches ‘to love your neighbor as you would yourself’. Obviously he is deceived.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Why don't leftists have a problem with moslems who say the same thing, then actually do execute gays? Seems a bit hypocritical.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Always frustrating in these stories where they don't publish the actual words of the person so that we can determine for ourselves whether it was a threat of imminent harm, fighting words or something else. You can't really judge that based on a paraphrase or restatement of what a person has said. That is as true of deputies as it is of alleged gang members.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another religious nutjob!👎

Margaritaville
Margaritaville

We condemn this when the Islamic/Muslim followers speak of it and we should do so just as loudly when any other group does so!

Marxest
Marxest

Deputy Grayson Fritz has a right to free speech. However his First Amendment rights do not protect nor extend towards violent hate speech. He has advocated for the systematic aggressive and violent persecution and execution of homosexuals. This isn't a first Amendment issue or a law enforcement issue but an American bigotry issue. Fritz made these vile comments in his capacity as pastor and not as a deputy. As such this isn't so much a law enforcement issue and his vile remarks shouldn't sully the mostly good work and reputation of the police and LEO agencies across the nation. I do wonder and hope that he didn't let his bigotry interfere with his duty as a sheriff's deputy, because that would open up a whole world of criminal and civil litigation.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Wow..i may not agree with you..(demonrat leftwingers) but i never wished you dead..that is God's job..not mine..

5150
5150

I think he would have fit in well in Nazi Germany. Same type of thinking.

Wyvern277
Wyvern277

I mean the lord did wipe two cities off the face of the earth for being homosexual but still I will admit the Bible also says thou shalt not judge so this could go either way

new2lv2
new2lv2

In Sodom and Gamora, the citizen's were not just homosexual, they were reckless and random fornicators. God does not condone any of that activity. This story also took place in the old testament where God did release his wrath more freely.

new2lv2
new2lv2

In the new testament, God does say that homosexuality is an abomination. But never orders anyone to hurt, kill, alienate, hate or mistreat anyone from the homosexual community. God orders us to love, forgive and pray for the ones who go against him.

new2lv2
new2lv2

This man is a false prophet! God warns us about people like this. Just because they hold a title and run their mouths, doesn't mean they speak the truth. This man DOES NOT speak for God, for the bible, or for Christians anywhere. You sir e good Christians like me a bad name. You shall be judged harshly for judgements against God people. Are you without sin, that you may cast this stone?

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Being gay in your own privacy is not an issue. The issue becomes when a legion, and make no mistake the LGBT community is a demonic legion which tries to not only pass their behavior as normal, but to spread and infiltrate their sleaze to others including young children. This is 100% purely the work of Satan, no additives or preservatives. Only a blind fool doesn't see that.