“I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. Build a great, big, large fence – 150 or 100 miles long – put all the lesbians in there. Do the same thing for the queers & the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. And you know what? In a few years, they’ll die.” Reverend Charles Worley; Providence Rd. Baptist Church, Maiden, North Carolina.
To fathers of possibly gay young sons; “Crack that wrist if you see them dropping a limp wrist. Man up. Give them a good punch. Tell them ‘you’re not going to act like that’.” Reverend Sean Harris; Berean Baptist Church, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
(To applause of Rick Santorum) “Listen closely – God intended for marriage to be between a man and a woman. As long as ‘they’ continue to attack marriage, somebody needs to take a stand and say NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!” Pastor Dennis Terry; Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.
Small child, either 3 or 4 years old, sings a song in front of the congregation with Reverend Sangl beaming just behind him…The most memorable line of the song “Ain’t no homo gonna make it to heaven!” Those adults in attendance jump to their feet as one and applaud long & loud with one woman in particular screaming her approval above the din. The reverend continues to smile broadly and shake his fist in “atta boy” fashion. He’s proud of the little boy and his song. Reverend Jeff Sangl; Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church, Greensburg, Indiana.
In the incident just described, Reverend Sangl claims that he and his wife have been getting death threats and have left for vacation to an unidentified location. I sincerely doubt the veracity of the pastor’s claim. So does the sheriff of the home-county of the church who has publicly stated that he is unaware of any such threats. In fact, when Sangl told the sheriff he was leaving for vacation, he mentioned no such death threats. Oh, and who's funding this little getaway?
This appears to be what’s happening. Republican power boys have always known that the gay issue fires up the right. By firing up, I mean gets them to the polls. So bombastically ignorant, hateful and senseless has the republican party become, that reason, facts and sincere love of country simply don’t register with the radical members who have taken over what used to be a legitimate political party. Now, it’s a bible-thumping joke, devoid of anything worthy of support or respect.
I’d estimate about 30% of the voting population is caught up in this craze. It’s imperative that near all these folks show up at the polls on November 6th. To make that happen, I believe there’s money changing hands between certain preachers and the aforementioned power boys. Not that these pseudo men of God need any encouragement. But the ante must be raised. It’s simply not enough for Rev. Nutbag to just mindlessly rip into gays. Not nearly enough. It’s got to be pulpit performance art…theological theater if you will. Enough to embolden the codgers to risk overcharging their pacemakers and rise out of their seats. (you’d have to look long and hard for young adult men and women in attendance at these freak-shows)…these churches are basically a sea of white hair hatred. The new standard to get these oldsters wiggling is tough for even the most seasoned fire-breathing preacher to reach. It calls for yelling. These offensive sellouts can never again say anything in a normal voice. Then they have to pace – pause – yell some more. Then it’s on to threatening. “Work the GD fags over. CRACK their wrist (no matter their age) – PUNCH the bastards! What the hell – put them behind an electric fence until they’re dead.” Now you’re getting the idea.
We’re sneaking up on viral here. Always a camera around, right? Yeah, I videotape every church service I ever attend. “Honey, have you got the camera?” Then I make sure to set up the lighting just right. “Hold on rev, I’ve got to move this ellipsoid; still need a followspot. Let’s backlight the kid. Audio check; testing one, two, three….OK?
How could this not end up with exploiting a small child to sing about ‘no homos in heaven’. A line he can’t possibly comprehend. Sort of gives lie to that bullshit line “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
Now, we’ve gotten this far. We’re not going to church anymore. We’re going to a SHOW. I wouldn’t be surprised if some churches are equipped with applause signs or ‘stand and shout’ prompts. Evangelical churches are about power politics – period!
Bashing gays to push a political agenda is nothing new. The Nazi’s were past masters from the 1930’s through WW 2 and when that movement was for the most part destroyed, the bashing still continued by proxy to the mid-60’s. About 35 years later the German government apologized for the decades-long maltreatment of homosexuals. A government APOLOGIZING? Such sissies! And no, I’m not comparing evangelicals to Nazi’s. I’m just pointing out historical parallels that can’t be ignored.
And there’s certainly not even a remote comparison to the ultimate obscenity of the Holocaust, but an estimated 100,000 German gays were arrested, many imprisoned and a fair number killed by the Nazi’s. Estimates run between 5 – 15,000. That’s a bunch. Rights that average German’s took for granted were outlawed or banned for gays. To an extent, the contemporary gay population can certainly relate.
So keep those pulpit peashooters blazing and that dough rolling in oh men of God. And you hate-filled goobers, keep crowding into those “churches” for your once a week cleansing of all things gay. As I’ve said many times during my brief sojourn on these pages, you’re being pimped out like a streetwalker during a convention. A convention in, oh, say, Tampa, Florida, the week of August 27th?