Jun 182016

DOUCHES_1There’s plenty of bile bubbling up out of the bowels of fundamentalist Christianity in the west over the shooting in Orlando. We’ve cited some of it here, and I’m sure we’ll be calling out more. Some is not so directly hateful, but comes from mainline church people, who think simply claiming they love everyone…but….(there’s always that qualifier) absolves them of any contribution to the hate leveled at the LGBT community. I promise we will get to some of those.

In the meantime, clearly, one of the most hateful is Roger Jiminez of Sacramento, California’s Verity Baptist Church. Jiminez has said:

“As a Christian, we shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites. Let me go ahead and start right there. As a Christian, we shouldn’t be sad or upset…The bible does teach that homosexuality deserves the death penalty,” he said, admitting he has no regrets for his sermon. “Leviticus 20:13 says that if a man lie with mankind like he does with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and will surely be put to death. Romans 1 says that they which commit such things are worthy of death…”

He tried to explain his theology by saying, “if people die who deserve to die, we don’t need to be mourning that.”

As is too often the case, he wants to include the old escape clause of, “but I’m not encouraging anyone to commit violence.” I’ve had this same argument in a United Methodist Conservative discussion group. I know they know that people who might be predisposed to violence against LGBT people, and who might be immature in their biblical understanding (which is most western Christians), can lead them to believe that killing LGBT people is a righteous act.

So, for maybe giving the most hateful sermon on the very day of the massacre, we’re going to give Jiminez our Daily Douche-bag award.

Dallas Pastor Lays Down the Law On Gay Marriage

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Jun 082012
This entry is part 8 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin brings this YouTube video to our attention. It is Pastor Frederick B. Haynes of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas preaching about the hating on Obama on his stance around gay marriage. I don’t know how, but I’m thankful that here is a minister who gets it, and isn’t afraid to say so.

“…But whatever you like to ostracize other people it’s because there’s a fear that you have yourself, and the fear that you have finds itself rooted in an ignorance of other people. Or in a projection of your issues. Either there’s ignorance or there is a projection of your issues…It really blows my mind how outraged you are. You are so outraged over what the President said. …

…Have you ever read the Gospel and heard Jesus say anything about homosexuality?”

May 212012

Once again we see an example of God’s gentle loving people. What a shamed that this is supposed to be the face of Christianity, and people wonder why younger folks remain spiritual, but are leaving the church in droves. Well, here it is.See what hate hath wrought with Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina.

“I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers,build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there… Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out… And you know what, in a few years, they’ll die.”
I guess some might see him as merciful, since his plan at least includes flying over planes to drop food. Of course he’s not the really the first to figure out this “solution.” Hitler beat him to the punch.

Apr 242012
This entry is part 7 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

Well, of course the war over writing bigotry and discrimination into the North Carolina Constitution is in full swing. I am sadly disappointed that this is what my home state has come to, but I’m not surprised. I’ve talked to several of the legislators who voted to put this on the ballot, and they absolve themselves by saying, “Well, I just think the people should vote.” But when I ask them why they don’t put every civil right on the ballot, I was called, “absurd.” So according to one House member from Kings Mountain, and on Senator from Shelby, it’s absurd to put civil rights to a vote, unless of course, it’s the civil rights of gay people.

Sadly, I think both of the people I spoke with, truth be known, are inclined towards the homosexual side of the scale, but that’s for another time.

Here’s a video which says pretty much all that needs to be said…

Once in a While, The Good Guys Win One

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Dec 022010
This entry is part 26 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

Congratulations to Illinois for passing a civil unions bill yesterday in their legislature. The Governor has indicated an intention to sign the bill.

And once in a while a person steps up, speaks truth to power, and says what needs to be said. Illinois State Senator Ricky Hendon stood on the floor of the Senate and said, “It’s just fairness y’all, that’s all.” He speaks of his Baptist background, and calls out the hypocracy that’s been so much part of the arguments. Would that more politicians spoke like this.