We LGBT people have lots of power. Have you all noticed that? We can bring about fires, floods, hurricanes, and even, according to Jerry Falwell, the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We, LGBT people, have managed to turn Uhmerika into a dictatorship ruled by a bunch of people in black robes. But I can still be fired for just being gay, in my workplace, a director called me a homo with no repercussions, and despite being together for 15 years, me and Lay still can’t get married here in Florida. Amazing.
Well, now it turns out, we are able to bring about Ebola. At least that’s what Ron Baity of the Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Raw Story tips us to his Sunday Sermon in which Baity says gay marriage is a sign of the end times.
“Listen, folks, it’s on,” he announced. “You might as well get ready for it. It’s on. It’s just a matter of time when they’re going to say to the churches… It’s just a matter of time before our constitution in our churches will be overturned like our state constitution just been overturned this week. I mean, it’s coming.”
Baity said that even after God flooded the Earth to stop homosexuality, people were “out of their habitation” in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
“They were doing something that was not normal, they were doing something that was not natural, and as a result of that, like God judged this world with a flood, he judged Sodom and Gomorrah with fire!” the pastor exclaimed. “The most blasphemous thing I’ve heard in 40 years of ministry, I heard on the news last night, where rogue judges have gone against the will of the ministry and made America a country where there’s totalitarianism, where there are judges who have set themselves up as dictators to overthrow the will of the people! And they placed their sanction upon marriage that is out of the habitation of God’s creation!”
Don’t be surprised at the judgement of God.” “You think Ebola is bad now, just wait. If it’s not that, it’s going to be something else. My friends, I want you to understand, you can’t thumb your nose at God, and God turn his head away without God getting your attention.”
And he really got the vapors over actually seeing a gay marriage (if he really did):
Baity said that he also saw an official “place his blessing upon two men” by pronouncing them “husband and husband.” Baity noted that the official had taken it “one step farther” when he “blasphemed the God of heaven” by blessing the wedding.
“If you think for one skinny minute, God is going to stand idly by and allow this to go forward without repercussions, you better back up and rethink this situation,” he warned. “I want you to understand, that is raw, pure blasphemy.”
Now, none of this comes as any kind of big surprise, Baity’s always had his knickers in a wad over gay people (projection there Ron?). Back when Amendment One was up for vote in North Carolina in 2012 (because the Republicans needed to get people to the polls for something), Baity was head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America, and referred to homosexuality as “a perverted lifestyle” in a Sunday sermon before telling his congregation that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be prosecuted. “For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle,” he is quoted as saying. “We’ve gone down the wrong path. We’ve become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the truth, and we’ve…discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!”
It should be noted that Tony Perkins has been a keynote speaker at meetings of white supremacist groups, started the Family Research Council with an illegally purchased mailing list of white supremacists from David Duke, and now heads an SPLC-designated hate group.
That year Baity also preached that LGBT people were like “maggots” and murderers, who were promoting “perversion” in schools. That same year, Tony Perkins
personally awarded Baity the Family Research Council’s top “pro-family” award.
Well Ron, I’ve got some news for you, if I, as a LGBT person, really had all the power you claim I do, you can rest assured I would have overwritten the Constitution to make sure that people like you were locked up and receiving the mental health care you so obviously need. The point is, and I can’t state this strongly, your figurehead god of hate has no power here. My God of love and inclusion is the one in charge. You need to get on the right team.