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“The Solution to Gay Marriage”: Kill Them
Friday, 06 August 2010 05:34
by Mel Seesholtz Ph.D.

It’s no secret that the radical Christian Right’s most often quoted “psychologist,” discredited Paul Cameron, has been advocating killing gays for decades:

At the 1985 Conservative Political Action Conference, [Paul] Cameron announced to the attendees, “Unless we get medically lucky, in three or four years, one of the options discussed will be the extermination of homosexuals.” According to an interview with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Cameron was recommending the extermination option as early as 1983.

More about Cameron’s “final solution” is available here and here.

Of course, most the “Christian” leaders of the anti-gay movement distance themselves from such outright murderous statement, preferring instead to run workshop to teach children as young as 14 to hate gays:

Cliff Kincaid Added to LaBarbera's Anti-Gay Hate-Fest

Submitted by Kyle on July 19, 2010

Last month we noted that Peter LaBarbera's Americans for Truth would be hosting a three-day training conference for anti-gay activists featuring a who's who of the most hostile voices in the movement, including LaBarbera, Robert Knight, Ryan Sorba, and Matt Barber. 

Today Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid, who shares a LaBarbera-level hatred for gays, has now been added to the list of instructors, which explains why he is now writing glowing columns about the conference warning that it is our only hope of save America from its "moral suicide" as gays seek to kill themselves and everyone else …

AFTAH is launching a Truth Academy on how to fight the “gay agenda.” … Adults and young people alike are encouraged to sign up for this much-needed effort to organize the pro-family forces in America. The issue is just as important as the massive debt and deficits that are threatening to financially bankrupt the nation. The cost to attend the AFTAH Truth Academy is only $99 for students, $199 for adults, and $299 for couples.

Perhaps the kids and other attendees that participate in LaBarbera’s workshop will be treated to the “Christian” music of You Can Run But You Can’t Hide, the frontman for which is Bradlee Dean:

 

Target's Financial Backing of Anti-Gay Politician

Bradlee Dean, the frontman of a Christian rock band in Minnesota called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, recently said that Muslim countries that execute LGBTs are “more moral than even the American Christians,” plus some mouth-foaming about gays engaging in abominations and child molestation. …

So what’s the Target connection? Well, Bradlee's ministry received money and support from Tom Emmer, an anti-gay Minnesota Republican running for Governor. And Tom Emmer's campaign got a boost from Minnesota Forward, a PAC running TV ads on his behalf. And Minnesota Forward got $150,000 -- which amounts to about a third of all of their donations -- from Target.

So, to follow the money: Target gave $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, which bought TV ads for Tom Emmer, who says “I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman,” and who hangs out with a guy who thinks killing gays is moral.

Tom Emmer seems to like Bradlee Dean -- as in, really like. “These are nice people,” Tom said of the band. Meanwhile, Bradlee told an interviewer, “On average, they [gays] molest 117 people before they’re found out. How many kids have been destroyed, how many adults have been destroyed because of crimes against nature?”

“Muslim countries that execute LGBTs are ‘more moral than even the American Christians.’” One has to assume, therefore, that Christian fundamentalist Bradlee Dean is also okay with how Islamic fundamentalists treat women (graphic image):

The Taliban pounded on the door just before midnight, demanding that Aisha, 18, be punished for running away from her husband’s house. Her in-laws treated her like a slave, Aisha pleaded. They beat her. If she hadn’t run away, she would have died. Her judge, a local Taliban commander, was unmoved. Aisha’s brother-in-law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife. First he sliced off her ears. Then he started on her nose. This didn’t happen 10 years ago, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. It happened last year. …

How does one respond to American “Christians” who call for – or sanction – the coldblooded murder of fellow citizens? How does one respond to people like Peter LaBarbera whose sole purpose in life is to inspire hatred and bigotry? And how does one respond to concocted, bogus, unsupportable statements such as “On average, they [gays] molest 117 people before they’re found out”?

Well, click here to see how Larry Adams of Cross Bearer Ministry in Indianapolis, Indiana responded. (A firsthand report about the sign is available at The Bilerico Project.) This bible-thumping, “good Christian” wants to get out the nooses and hang gay couples… in the name of “God,” of course.

One has to wonder why Mr. Adams isn’t crusading for the other death sentences ordered by the murderous “God” of the Old Testament. You know, all those blasphemers who work on the Sabbath, wear clothing made of two different threads and, of course, all those non-virgin brides. Mr. Adams couldn’t be acting on anything Jesus taught because Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. He did, however, talk a lot about love and loving one’s neighbor as one’s self and, of course, treating others as you would want to be treated. Guess in his rush to buy rope for the nooses to hang gay couples Mr. Adams missed those parts of the Bible.

Mr. Adams and his sign appeared at one of the stops of the National Organization for Marriage’s “One Man, One Woman” bus tour. NOM claims to be “pro-marriage,” but actually they’re anti-marriage in much the same way Christian Right groups that claim to be “pro-family” are really anti-family when they work as hard as they can to demean, denigrate and deny gay families social, economic and legal recognition.

NOM’s July 26, 2010 Indianapolis “rally,” graced by Mr. Adams, was a bust (photos tell the tale): “NOM embarrassed (yet again): Equality supporters triple NOM turnout in Indianapolis.”

Another NOM rally turned into a real dog and pony show (with video): “Pastor Speaks In Tongues At NOM Rally, And Apparently It Is Suppose To Be Special.” For other blatantly fraudulent uses of glossolalia for social, political and financial purposes, check out Jesus Camp and Bill Mahr’s Religulous.

Frank Schaeffer’s “Will the Right Turn (More) Violent?” and B.E. Wilson’s “Christian Book Touting Manly Aggression Inspires Violent Fundamentalist Meth Trafficking Cult” have commented on the growing trend toward violence in the Christian Right. Prominent members of the anti-gay Christian Right have been linked to and been supportive of Uganda’s proposed “kill gays” legislation:

Family Research Council supports death

By James Withers, contributing editor, 365Gay Blog 06.04.2010

The Family Research Council is a sponsor of murder. That is not Friday morning hyperbole. Joe, at Joe.My.God, found out FRC walked the halls of Congress fighting a resolution that denounced Uganda’s proposal to legally lynch gays. Two lobbyists were paid $25,000 to lobby the Senate and the House. Apparently their work wasn’t successful in the Senate because that body passed its resolution on April 13. However, it “remains languishing in the House almost four months after being referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee. Did the FRC’s lobbying kill it?”

This support for state sanctioned murder should not surprise. Remember when Ugandan MP David Bahati said he had private support from American evangelicals? More than likely he meant these kooks. And who can forget FRC’s Peter Sprigg? He wants gay sex to be a criminal offense and ‘mos deported. Sprigg is the same “scholar” who said gay rape would increase if DADT was removed. …

You have to ask yourself… “why?”

Why are the leaders of the Christian Right so belligerent when it comes to recognizing the social and civil equality of gay and lesbian Americans?

Since Jesus said absolutely nothing about homosexuality, and the Old Testament mandates death for a whole host of “offenses” – none of which are championed or promoted by those who use the Old Testament to advocate killing or denying gays civil equality – one has to consider the obvious: the power and profit incentives of hate-mongering.

Ted Haggard (who frequented a male prostitute) and George Alan Rekers (who vacationed with a RentBoy male prostitute) are testimonials to the tactic. Both became rich men pontificating against gays and working against civil equality. So too have the other leaders of the anti-gay Christian Right who make a very comfortable living hate-mongering in the name of religion.

Money and Power. They seem to be the only answers to why leaders of the Christian Right continue to use gays to rally the sheeple and to raise funds for their organizations and, ultimately, themselves.

But their campaigns have, as noted above, engendered new calls for violence against gays. To be sure, there have been previous cases in which “God” supposedly told the righteous to kills gays:

God Told Me To Kill Gays

July 17, 2007 by Ed Brayton

Or so says this lunatic:

A Cypress man [26-year-old Terry Mark Mangum] charged in the death of a Southwest Airlines flight attendant said Saturday that he was doing God’s work when he went to a Montrose-area bar last month, hunting for a gay man to kill. ... “I believe with all my heart that I was doing the right thing.”

And later that year…

God told me to kill them

October 10, 2007

On September 22, 2000, a 55-year-old man named Ronald E. Gay, angry for being teased about his last name, entered the Back Street Café in Roanoke, Virginia, a gathering place for lesbians and gays just a few miles from Lynchburg. Confident that God’s Word supported his tragic plan of action, Mr. Gay shouted, “I am a Christian soldier, working for my Lord.” Claiming that “Jesus does not want these people in his heaven,” he shot seven innocent gay and lesbian people. One man, Danny Overstreet, died instantly. Others still suffer from their physical and psychological wounds.

Where would these religious zealots get such ideas? From the Bible? Likely. But then again, the Bible calls for the murder of a variety of transgressors: those who work on the Sabbath, wear clothing made of two different threads, and non-virgin brides just to name a few. So why aren’t these murderous religious fanatics going after them?

Could it be that they were “inspired” to focus their hate and rage against gays by the vitriolic anti-gay rhetoric of sanctimonious Christian Right leaders?

Moreover, the leaders of the Christian Right have turned their religion into one big dour cauldron of negativity. In explaining why she quit Christianity, Ann Rice captured the essence of what the Christian Right has done to Christianity:

For those who care, and I understand if you don’t, I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. … It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.

The sign Mr. Adam proudly displayed suggesting gay couple be hanged is the “natural” result of the Christian Right’s selling and thriving on hatred.

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