An Oklahoma church is under investigation after members of their congregation reportedly held down a gay man to “pray away his sexuality.”
Sean Cormie, 23, says that the church had been encouraging him and his partner to attend ever since the two came out as gay last spring, to which they finally agreed. After the service, Cormie says that the pastor, Bill McKissick, began preaching about homosexuality and approximately 12 congregants gathered around the couple. They then allegedly began to pin him down and pray over him.
At one point, Cormie attempted to leave, but was punched in the face and held down by the congregation.
McKissick issued a statement on Facebook, stating that the church’s congregation “is comprised of people from all different backgrounds.”
“In response to allegations that have been made, this incident began as a family matter that escalated. Our church would never condone restraint of any person unless they were engaged in violent activity,” the McKissicks wrote. “There is much more to this story, and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement to bring all of the facts to light as a rush to judgment is not in anyone’s best interest.”