With the church’s popularity on the rise and growing increasingly popular among LGBT activists, some were surprised to learn the group’s members were members of a secretive, anti-LGBT hate group called Trinity Episcopalian Church of Nazarenes.
Trinity, the name of the Southern Baptist church, is considered by some to be the oldest and most traditional denomination in the United States.
In addition to the Southern Baptists, the denomination includes the Roman Catholic Church and other Protestant denominations, including the National Baptist Convention.
Although Trinity is known as a mainline church in Southern Baptist tradition, it’s also been accused of being more conservative than other mainline denominations.
The Southern Baptist Convention, for example, has endorsed marriage equality, while the National Association of Evangelicals has condemned same-sex marriage.
The denomination also has its own anti-gay and anti-transgender hate groups.
The anti-Trinity rhetoric is often used by some in the Southern community to attack those who are different.
In fact, Trinity Episcopal Church of New York, the group that calls itself the largest Protestant denomination in New York City, recently banned a member from attending its service.
In a 2015 interview with the New York Times, pastor and pastor of Trinity, John Hays, said the group is anti-Semitic, homophobic, transphobic and “a very hateful group that is actively trying to take over the churches of the South.”
The Southern Baptist group’s leaders are not the only ones who are trying to undermine the popularity of the Trinity denomination.
A 2016 study by a Christian ministry called “The Hatewatch Project” found that a large number of the group the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, listed as a hate group is not actually affiliated with the Southern Protestant Convention or any other religious denomination.
The SPLC also lists other hate groups in its list of hate groups, but its designation is different from that of Trinity.
The Hatewatch report noted that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a group that the SPLC said “supports the Confederate cause,” was also listed as one of Trinity’s hate groups by the SPC.
The SPLC is a non-profit group that receives funding from the John Birch Society, a conservative Christian think tank founded by Charles and David Koch.
In the report, SPLC wrote that its research found that the group “has been involved in many controversial activities, including funding organizations that advocate for the subjugation of blacks, the suppression of women, and the elimination of minority religions.”
In the report titled “Southern Baptists: An Anti-Gay Hate Group,” SPLC noted that Trinity members are members of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), which is known for promoting “anti-gay views and beliefs.”
Trinity’s board of trustees also has ties to the CPCW.
In 2013, the board was listed by the Southern Political Action Conference as one that is “dedicated to promoting the conservative Christian worldview, and is a member of the Committee for Conservative Christians.”
A recent article by Buzzfeed noted that members of Trinity have been a target of hate and discrimination in the past.
In 2010, the New Jersey-based group Trinity Church hosted a “Christian Identity Awareness” event in New Jersey.
The event was organized by Trinity’s executive director, James R. McDaniel, a former board member of Trinity who was recently removed from the board of the denomination’s flagship megachurch in New Orleans, the Trinity Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Michael F. Brannon, a member and president of Trinity Episcopal, was a leader of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian organization that helped create the Anti-Defamation League’s hate group designation.
The Alliance Defend Freedom also is known to be a leading force in a lawsuit against the Southern Church, which includes Trinity’s largest denomination, the Southern Methodist Episcopal Church (SMEP), which has been under fire for allegedly discriminating against LGBTQ people.
The lawsuit, filed in 2014, has also been widely criticized for being largely based on the claims of a single Trinity member, Thomas F. Tackett, who claimed that Trinity’s leadership was “exactly the same as the leadership of the North American Man-Boy Love Association, a white supremacist organization founded in 1973.”
A 2014 report by the Anti Defamation League said that Trinity, which claims it was founded in 1855, was the first Protestant denomination to endorse “hate speech against Jews and Muslims.”
Tackett’s claims were rejected by the SMEP, and Trinity’s leaders have not apologized for the claim.
Tacket’s allegations were also dismissed by the New Orleans police department, which said that Tacket did not exist.
The New Orleans Police Department also dismissed Tackets claims.
The Trinity Church has also repeatedly come under fire from critics for allegedly hiding evidence of sexual abuse committed by members of its congregation, including allegations that the church is responsible for the death