SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A voicemail with expletives included directed at a Los Angeles-based pastor was left by an assemblyman’s chief of staff.
On Aug. 11, the day Pastor Marc Little complained in Sacramento about a state Senate bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT students attending Christian colleges or universities.
“You have the nerve to cite history; you’re ignorant, stupid, or evil.”
That’s only part of the 30-second voicemail Little received from Joey Hill, the chief of staff for Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer.
Hill left the colorful voicemail in response to Pastor Little’s written statement, opposing Senate Bill 1146, a bill that would protect LGBT students from being discriminated against at Christian colleges and universities.
Little, a pastor at the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood says in his letter, “the entire effort is a mockery of fairness and legislative integrity” ..and “is an attempt to choose one group, perceived to be discriminated against, without any demonstrable evidence of any discrimination.”
Little says he didn’t even know who Hill was until someone inside the Capitol confirmed the voicemail was sent by Hill.
“That language is inappropriate,” said Jones-Sawyer.
He’s disappointed in his chief of staff’s actions, and that Hill would be dealt with, though he didn’t specify how.
“I have already reprimanded my employee and I’ll have some other counseling involved with that; I’m never gonna excuse that language so let’s get that clear,” Jones-Sawyer added.
Members of the LGBT community in Sacramento say they’re hurt, but not surprised at some of the statements made by Little in his letter.
They only hope religious leaders like Little can practice their faith by accepting everyone.
“What worries me is when young folks see these hurtful statements by religious leaders who make it clear they have no room for them in their institutions, that’s what worries me,” said the board president of the Sacramento LGBT Center.
Hill did not speak with CBS13 on Tuesday.
Pastor Little tells CBS13 Hill has apologized since the voicemail.