'I won’t let drag queens come in here': Pastor asks man dressed as 'woman' to leave church
The video shows pastor Rocquemore saying, 'Can you leave my church and go put on man clothes? And don’t come here like that no more.'
A recent footage posted on Facebook shows a pastor demanding that a person in a drag costume leave his church and 'put on man clothes'. The incident happened in a Chicago church, where pastor Antonio Rocquemore of Power House International Ministries could be seen addressing a person in the audience, who isn't visible in the frame of the video. In the beginning, the pastor can be seen requesting the unidentified person to leave his church, and later, he proceeds to talk for three full minutes about why he isn't ready to allow it.
Christian James Lhuillier first posted the video on the social media platform on Monday, November 1, with a lengthy caption stating his explanation for why he was 'tired of this sh*t'.
He wrote: "In a place that is supposed to be a place of change, a place of deliverance, whatever you want to call it, why would you destroy someone in front of a room full of people. This is the kind of bullsh*t that causes people to go home and commit suicide."
The video shows pastor Rocquemore at first asking the person to stand out in the aisle as he singles them out so he can address them. He then goes on to say: "Can you leave my church and go put on man clothes? And don’t come here like that no more. I hold a standard in here. Whatever you do on the outside is your business, but I will not let drag queens come in here. If y’all gonna come in here you’re gonna dress like a man."
Since it's appearance on Facebook, the video has been shared more than 8,000 times and has managed to cause outrage among many. The content of the video shows people inside the church cheering for the pastor, throughout his speech, with words like 'thank you Jesus', 'Amen', and 'Hallelujah', indicating their vocal support for the pastor's words, as he goes on to add that people can do whatever they want on the 'outside', implying that his church won't tolerate anything of that sort within its walls.
He continues: "I don’t bash, I don’t judge, but when you come in here you will not be a drag queen. With the holy ghost and my spirit [unknown] drag queen sitting here with wigs on, I’m gonna ask you to be removed from the sanctuary cause we can not, I will not play this game." Again, people applaud him and he doesn’t need any more encouragement to continue his speech, saying he "doesn’t care" if people don’t clap or if people don’t like what he is saying. He tells people to stay away from his church if they don’t like his methods.
Addressing the person again, he adds that he won't be fooled by their wig because he apparently can pick up on spirits, after having "the holy ghost for real". He adds: "That’s a man, that’s not a woman… If I know you’re a man with a wig on, I either gonna snatch that wig off or you gotta get up out of here… You not gonna wear no heels in here… Anyone who knows my preaching you know I don’t call fags, I don’t do no bad sh*t because everyone is struggling with something. But what I’m not gonna do is allow you to disrespect the house of God because that I can’t do."
Before ending, he tells his congregation that they can spread this all over the world, and to "tell every drag to come and try me cause I stand for holiness."