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11/13/2014 10:03 am ET Updated Nov 13, 2014

BET Editor Clay Cane Slams Black Church For Conversion Therapy: ‘Being Gay Is Not A Sin'

BET.com’s Entertainment Editor Clay Cane joined HuffPost Live Tuesday and expressed his extreme disappointment in the black church for actions that were exposed in a viral video that surfaced earlier this week.

The video is of a young man who declared his “deliverance” from homosexuality before the Church of God in Christ’s 107th's Holy Convocation in St. Louis, Missouri and claimed he has now been “cured.”

The unidentified man stood before the church and announced that he now “loves women” and further proclaimed that he no longer “likes mens anymore.”

“I’m not gay,” the man tells the crowd. “I would not date a man! I would not carry a purse! I will not put on makeup! I will, I will love women!”

The video, which can be seen below, quickly spread and fueled a firestorm of controversy with many slamming the black church for its actions.

Cane shared these same sentiments and criticized the contents of the video, saying “being gay is not a sin.”

“Whatever happens to that young person or the young people who see that, the black church must take responsibility,” Cane told HuffPost’s Marc Lamont-Hill.

He continued to share his views on the video and exposed some of the deeper issues embedded within.

“The reason why HIV rates are so high among black, gay men is because of self hate -- and part of that self hate is because of the black church,” he said. “The reason why there are so many unhealthy and destructive relationships is because of the hate that comes from the church.”

Hear more from Clay Cane in the HuffPost Live clip above.

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