Pastor Jamal Bryant isn’t backing down from the uproar caused by his recent sermon titled “I’m My Enemies Worst Nightmare.” In the middle of the 30-minute speech, Bryant dropped a Chris Brown lyric, telling parishioners “These hoes ain’t loyal.” A clip of the sermon immediately went viral, kicking off a fierce debate about whether or not it was appropriate for the pastor to use such language from the pulpit.
Bryant has taken to social media and the radio to discuss the now-infamous sermon and defend his words. And if folks were expecting an apology, or wondered if he’d back away from his words, they were wrong.
Self righteous saints I wanna remind you Gomer wasn’t a masseuse & Mary Magdalen wasn’t a physical therapist http://t.co/qGlrIuPrAX
— jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) June 4, 2014
Bryant told James Fortune of “The James Fortune Show” (via mzshyneka.com):
“If my message is too raw and too edgy, then I’m sure you can find something that is more to your liking and to your liking and discernment,” the Baltimore pastor said. “I pastor incredible women, none of whom are hoes. I am the father of daughters, none of whom I want to see raised as hoes. My mother is an incredible mother who’s not a hoe. My sister is an incredible woman who is not a hoe. So I think we’ve got to stop internalizing self-hate.”
While Bryant argued his sermon was aimed at empowering and uplifting his parishioners, invoking an ultra-misogynist and problematic song like “Loyal” seems like the wrong way to achieve that goal.