Katy Perry’s preacher father is apologizing for remarks he made during a sermon at a Westlake church that have drawn widespread criticism for being anti-Semitic.
“I don’t want to get into a whole lot of conversation about it but there’s a statement out, it will be out,” Rev. Keith Hudson told Fox 8 News Reporter Emily Valdez over the phone.
Hudson’s full statement reads:
“I deeply regret the hurtful and ugly language I used in my message in Ohio. I have had a few days to think about what I said, and to listen to my words as they were understood by others.
I am not going to offer any excuse, or tell you not to think what I did wasn’t so terrible. I do insist, and G-d is my witness – that I am not an anti-Semite. If anything, my faith as a Christian reminds me, and always has reminded me, of my special closeness to the Jewish people.
But that is the point. We can do lots of harm even to those we love simply by using words irresponsibly.
I used images about Jews rooted in the worst anti-Semitism in the past, images that at times led to the persecution and murder of Jews. I can’t tell you where I picked up phrases and descriptions that became part of my vocabulary. I used them without ever considering what they meant. I probably would have used them for the rest of my life, had people not pointed out to me their origin and evil purpose.
My joy in life is preaching – using words to call people to G-d. I understand the power of words, and the need for all of us to think twice before using words that can hurt or harm others. I apologize for the hurt that I caused my Jewish friends. With the help of G-d, it will not happen again.
Hudson was a guest preacher last week at the Church On The Rise.
Pastor Paul Endrei said there is no video of the incident.
He said Hudson’s controversial remarks were part of a prayer to business owners.
“After he talked about God’s blessing on their business and how God would want them to be blessed, to be a blessing, he said, ‘I would like to see you so blessed you would make a Jew jealous.’ Then he talked about the fact that the Jewish Community was prosperous there in the L.A. area,” Endrei said.
Endrei said they have a good relationship with the Jewish community and he has reached out to Jewish leaders over the incident.
“We want them to know that we really do care, and if they are hurt then it makes us hurt as well,” Endrei said.
He said Hudson will not be invited back to preach anytime soon.
“Not for a long, long time,” Endrei said.