Hezekiah Walker is Homosexual and Leaving the Pulpit-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: The forwarded email says that
minister and musician Hezekiah Walker, known at "The Hip-Hop
Pastor," has come out of the closet as a homosexual, is divorcing
his wife, Monique Walker, will step down from his position at his
church, and is living with a homosexual lover.
The Truth: The site that published this
story now says it is a hoax.
The eRumor is a copy of an article that was originally released by
Music News Weekly at www.musicnewsweekly.com in 2/20/06.
On 2/24/06, the Founder of Music News Weekly, Tim Hunter, published an
open apology to Walker, his family, and his congregation saying that he
allowed himself and his staff to be "pawns of a totally false
Walker is the pastor of Love Fellowship Tabernacle with locations in Brooklyn, New
York and Bensalem PA. He and his Love Fellowship Choir have seen 20 years of success in
concerts and recordings, won two Grammys and many more nominations, and
appeared with Maria Carey on the 2006 Grammy Awards program.
The eRumor claimed that the revelations about Walker had come to
light in the middle of a divorce against his wife and was the
result of her having discovered that she had a sexually transmitted
TruthOrFiction.com contacted Walker's
church and was told that the staff is not wasting its time responding to
the allegations. When asked whether it was true that a divorce was
taking place between Walker and his wife, the response was "no
Walker's management company has issued a statement describing the
allegations as "...propaganda that has no truth to it. Its all
lies, it ' s completely false and not even remotely true."
Hunter said the original news about
Walker's alleged homosexuality had appeared on www.mediatakeout.com,
a celebrity gossip and news site, which still has the story
posted. The article does not name any sources saying only that the
information came from "sources close to the divorce."
Copies of the story began circulating on the Internet through emails,
blogs, and websites that reprinted the story from Music News Weekly.
Last updated 2/28/06
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Hezekiah Comes out of the Closet
Walker, a minister of the Pentecostal faith and one of the most renowned
Black ministers in America, has left his cloth in dramatic fashion. Due
to a controversial life of secret homosexuality, Walker has come out of
the closet during an extremely bitter divorce from his longtime wife
According to affiliates close to the family, Monique had long feared
there was another side to her husbands sexuality and suspected that her
thoughts were confirmed when her husband infected her with a sexually
transmitted disease. After confronting Hezekiah
about the disease, he fessed up and admitted to carrying on an affair
with a man who lives as a transvestite.
Sources also said that Walker
forced his wife and children from their home
so that he could live together with his gay lover.
Walker’s Down-Low lifestyle even more unbelievable because he is one
the biggest Pastors that is totally against gay life. The Grammy
Pastor is expected to step down from his post officially next