This past Saturday, Oprah unveiled her latest reality TV show The Book of John Gray. The docuseries follows the life of Houston pastor John Gray, who’s both the leader of the largest congregation in the United States and a well-documented homophobe.
Gray, an associate teaching pastor at Lakewood Church, has spoken openly about his disdain for the LGBT community on Twitter, where he’s sounded off on issues of marriage equality and same-sex sexual activity.
When President Obama first said same-sex marriage should be legal in 2012, Gray wrote: “The Christian President of United States believes something different from the God he serves. Anyone else a little concerned?”
The Christian President of United States believes something different from the God he serves. Anyone else a little concerned?
— John Gray (@RealJohnGray) May 9, 2012
A year later, he tweeted more broadly about homosexuality, saying it was “no different from… adultery, lying or any other sin.”
homosexuality is no different from fornication, adultery, lying or any other sin God was clear about. It's all the same-4those who believe.
— John Gray (@RealJohnGray) April 29, 2013
When the 2014 Grammys featured a mass wedding of LGBT couples, Gray chimed in saying the ceremony “[dishonored] people of faith.”
Everyone is allowed to get married based on state laws. But dishonoring ppl of faith by adding clear church imagery is wrong. #Grammy's
— John Gray (@RealJohnGray) January 27, 2014
From the looks of one of the previews, it seems the program will focus mostly on Pastor Gray’s personal life, but that Oprah would let someone onto her network with such a long history of bashing the queer community is still unsettling.