Charlotte pastor uses slur to describe gay NBA player

Charlotte pastor uses slur to describe gay NBA player

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on April 30, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 5:35 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte pastor used a four-letter gay slur to refer to professional basketball player Jason Collins, who announced this week that he is gay.

The pastor, Dr. Michael Stevens, is the head of the University City Church.

Tuesday, he admitted posting a comment on the internet critical of President Obama, who came out in support of Collins.

The comment read, "This is a sad day for America...and for the Prez to call this h---."

Pastor Stevens said the word he used was shorthand.

"So, I use it not as a quote-unquote 'slur,' but just shorthand for homosexual, which is the life they have chosen to live," he said.

Stevens' church has some 1,500 members.

He said he has done extensive studies of homosexuality in the African-American community and disagreed with the President and those who support Collins.

"I just found it amazing that they would embrace the quote-unquote 'courage' of someone coming out of the homosexual closet," Stevens said.

Asked if that did not sound as if he was anti-gay, the pastor said, "You said it best.  You are entitled to you opinion and I am entitled to mine."

Stevens said he would not apologize for using the word and did not have any regrets.

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