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FIRST ON FOX: Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams spoke to the church in Atlanta on Sunday about a pastor who once told a Baltimore congregation to make gay people “uncomfortable in [their] Fishing.”
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church senior pastor Jamal H. Bryant, who repeatedly praised anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, promoted Abrams’ visit tweeted several times over the past few days, saying her visit would be “historic” and that she would be Georgia’s “next governor.”
In the middle of her church service, Bryant invited all of the young women in the congregation to come to the front of the sanctuary to listen to Abrams speak, lavishing praise on Abrams as he introduced her.
“Let me ask everyone to pull out your phone for me, please,” Bryant said before Abrams addressed his congregation. “I want our next governor to go viral from New Birth. Amen. I want his team to see that there’s been a social media bump because of his presence starting today.”
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“It is my privilege to warmly welcome to this pulpit, to this sanctuary, to the most powerful church in the whole state of Georgia my Spelman [College] sister, an incredible pioneer, someone God has anointed from birth for this time,” the pastor continues.
“I wanted to tell America if you can’t handle a black mermaid, get ready for a black governor,” Bryant added as Abrams walked up to him and gave him a hug.
“Thank you very much, Dr. Bryant,” Abrams said before speaking for about four minutes.
The pastor made headlines earlier this year when his past comments on same-sex marriage were discovered by Fox News Digital when he was asked to be the keynote speaker at an ‘invitation-only’ paid event at the network. Al Sharpton’s National Action Plan (NAN) convention.
Bryant told the congregation at the Baltimore Empowerment Temple in 2012 that “homosexuality is not the only sin, but it is a sin,” while adding that it is their “responsibility” to make homosexuals and other sinners “uncomfortable in [their] Fishing.”
He then attacked former President Obama for supporting same-sex marriage and failing to warn black pastors, making them feel blindsided and betrayed. He told the congregation that Obama was “black and wrong” and “black and out of order.”
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) endorsed Abrams earlier this year and said she “has been a strong ally to the LGBTQ+ community as she fought against regressive and anti-equality legislation during her time at the Georgia House of Representatives and supported policies like non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ Georgians and marriage equality.”
In his speech, Abrams said that for two decades Georgians “have been living in a state where the roof is leaking and the basement is often flooded” and they have been told to deal with it.
Abrams said ‘the leak’ is that the state is not paying teachers who receive an average salary of $53,497 – more than double the 2019 state poverty line $26,172 – ‘a living wage’, ‘refusal to invest in’ Georgian communities, to meet high housing costs, and ‘mass incarceration’ being ‘on the rise’ in the state of Peach as “the road to redemption gets shorter. “
“So the choice we make in the next 51 days is: do we invest in these young women who stand before me, do we invest in replacing the roof and fixing the plumbing, or do we go to the mortgage broker?” Abrams said, encouraging congregants to get out and vote early.
At the end of his speech, Abrams said that with “your help and with your prayers, Dr. Bryant, with your help on November 8, I will fight for you.”
Later that day, Abrams attended a campaign event with Bryant, who was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt with Abrams’ face on it, at the New Black Wall Street Market in Georgia.
Bryant also has a long history of praising Farrakhan, who has embraced anti-Semitic rhetoric dating back decades, including calling Jews “bad guys” and comparing them to termites, saying he was “anti-termite.” In 2015, Bryant interviewed the Nation of Islam leader and said he was “one of our people’s greatest leaders.”
“We welcome the Word Network and the world, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan! We are honored to have you, sir,” Bryant said. “I’m so grateful to be able to mark in history that I lived in the same chasm of time as one of our people’s greatest leaders.”
Figures show incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp is maintaining a steady advance on Abrams entering the home stretch of what should be a close election, but the race is far from over.
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The two Peach State politicians are in an election rematch with each other after Abrams was defeated by Kemp for governor in a bitter 2018 fight.
Neither Abrams’ campaign nor the New Birth Ministry Baptist Church immediately responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.