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article imageOp-Ed: Why does the nice reverend want God to kill the gay folks?

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Feb 12, 2012 in World
I have nothing against idiots having an opinion. Shucks, if it weren't for idiots having opinions, there'd be no Fox News and the Fox & Friends Morning Crew would have to resort to selling their bodies for medical experiments.
So don't get me wrong. Idiots have the perfect right to spout their idiotic viewpoints in the media. That's what's great about the First Amendment. Even idiots can express their political beliefs.
So I won't take CNN to task for providing op-ed space Sunday morning to an idiot by the name of Reverend Kenneth Hutcherson, who tends to his flock at Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Washington. He's upset that his state is about to become the latest to allow gay marriage. His bio says he even played middle linebacker in the NFL. They always mention that when they talk about this guy, as if it bolstered his credentials as a "real man". However, "played in the NFL" can mean many things. In this case, he was a special teams player for the Dallas Cowboys in 1974. He was traded to San Diego in 1975, where he was waived by the Chargers and picked up by Green Bay, where he missed the entire season due to injuries. In 1976, the new Seattle Seahawks claimed him in the expansion draft, and he suffered a career-ending knee injury in the final pre-season game.
So, let's be clear on what we're saying when we say he was a "star NFL linebacker." Because that's a lie. And lies make the baby Jesus cry.
I can tell you what he is now, though. He's a religiofascist homophobe who thinks God is going to kill all the gay people for being gay. And he's going to punish the rest of us for not hating the gays quite enough.
Don't take my word for it. Let's listen to "the Hutch" (who should, on retrospect, have worn a helmet when he played in the league).
God said in the Book of Romans that the sin of homosexuality is going against your own self. It is unnatural; nothing is natural about homosexuality. When a man desires another man more than a woman, or when a woman desires a woman more than a man, the bible says that is unnatural and God is against it (Romans 1:24-27.) Here I am as a pastor dealing with what God has said. Homosexuality should not be accepted as just another way of life. Indeed, we have gone way past that in our culture and in every aspect, God has stood against this.
Whoa. Let me stop you right there, Hutch. "GOD said in the Book of Romans?" Nuh-uh! Saul of Tarsus, a "Paulie come lately" who "converted" to Christianity when he saw a marketing angle to take this new cult to the Gentiles instead of keeping it among the Jewish folk wrote the Book of Romans. It wasn't God, Hutch. Saul never even met Jesus. Never laid eyes on him. In fact, he used to persecute Christians until he found a way to make a living off of it. This is why I bristle a bit when someone quotes one of the letters that Saul wrote and says "God said right here in the Bible..."
But back to the Rev's op-ed about homo-killing...
Over and over again, the bible has proved the negative consequences to societies that embrace homosexuality as normal. In Canada, same sex marriage has been the law for more than six years. Although a minuscule percent (less than a tenth of one percent) of Canadians have taken advantage of same sex marriage, you cannot speak against homosexuality without being threatened with prosecution for committing a hate crime. Thus the Bible is true. If you don’t stand against sin it will destroy a society.
Oh. He's talking about the Rev. Stephen Boissoin in Canada who was ordered by the courts to stop gay bashing or pay $7,000. Odd. The only mentions I can find about that case are on right wing, anti-gay, hate-blogs. Didn't the actual Canadian news cover it from a non "gay hatred" standpoint? If so, please share a link because I can't find one. And despite the Hutch's dire warnings, Canada seems to be doing quite well for itself.
The Bible was proven correct again when Massachusetts passed a same sex marriage law. Catholic Services of Boston shut down because it didn’t want to allow same sex couples to adopt children. The state said you will allow same sex couples to adopt or we will not support you. Because of the pressure, they shut down their adoption program. How many innocent children were negatively affected?
No, they were shut down because they refused to provide services to people who had a legal right to that service. If Catholic Services of Boston refused to provide services to Black folks, no one would argue about their having state money withheld. And the state didn't shut them down. They shut themselves down rather than renounce their unChrist-like bigotry.
A photographer was sued, lost her case and was fined in New Mexico because she did not want to photograph a same sex commitment ceremony.
Let's see if we can find that story. Ah. Here it is, one of the few non "hate the gays" sites that has it.
In April, the state human rights commission found that Elane Photography was guilty of discrimination and must pay the Willock's more than $6,600 attorneys' fee bill. The photographers are appealing to state court.
In the meantime, they wonder whether all the hassle is worth it and whether they should get out of the photography business altogether
Well, good. Get out of business. Don't like gays getting married? Too bad. It's legal. Don't like Whites getting married to Blacks or Latinos? Are you going to turn down their business, too? The state is saying your right to your religious belief is one thing. Your refusal to serve someone based on that religious belief is discrimination. Good for New Mexico. If you can't overcome your own bigotry, then you shouldn't be in business.
Now, to our good and true Christian readers... grab your Bible and show me a passage where Jesus condemns homosexuality. Go ahead. Look it over real good. I'll wait.
While you're at it, let me remind you of what you good and true Christians always say when people like me point out the fact that you cherry pick the parts of the Bible that you like and discard the parts that you don't like. You always say that when Jesus came, he changed the law. The Old Testament gave way to the New Testament. That's why you can chow down on pork ribs and wear clothes of mixed fabric and don't have to make your women folk dwell outside the encampment during their "monthlies." Very convenient. But you continue to quote the Old Testament as if it were still in effect where homosexuality is concerned. And when challenged on that, you revert to what Saul of Tarsus wrote and quote him as writing with the authority of God.
Oh yeah? Says who? Saul? Saul said he had God's authority? He said that, so it must be true?
I know, I know, I know... God sent HIV/AIDS as punishment for our wickedness and God sent the hurricanes as punishment of our wickedness and God sent the 9-11 terrorists as punishment of our wickedness and God is going to unleash punishment after punishment after punishment on us for our wickedness.
If that is true, why are tornadoes and floods and fires and hurricanes only happening in RED states, where the majority of you folk practice and preach this anti-gay religiofascism?
I'm not saying God is punishing you... but when's the last time God sent a hurricane to the state of Washington to "show us his love" by killing people?
But back to my original point. The Reverend Kenneth Hutcherson has every right to stand on a soap box and preach that God's going to kill the gays and then he's going to kill us for not hating the gays enough and this kind, loving, omnipotent being who is best described as "pure love" is going to punish and spank and send us all to hell for refusing to hate our brothers and sisters.
That's just stupid. It's not supported by anything other than fairy tales in a book written thousands of years ago.
If the courts want to impose sanctions on people for engaging in hate speech, maybe we could encourage them to take it a step further and impose a tax on people whose stupidity serves to perpetuate hatred of one man against another.
UPDATE: Folks who couldn't be bothered to click the link to read the entire source of this column say the headline of this story isn't supported by the text. Here you go. From the original column.
Now do I think God brings judgment on a society that encourages homosexuality? I do. And since I am a pastor and God has commanded me to love everyone, I will do what it takes to love them. That does not mean I will accept that they stay the way they are. Unrepentant sin destroys you and will kill you. So if I believe the word of God, that He will bring judgment on a people, then I would be a very bad shepherd not to warn those people.
Therefore, the "good reverend" supports "God's law" and is warning the homos that God will kill them if they keep being gay. So, the question remains. Since God hasn't said WORD ONE about homosexuality, why does the reverend want God to kill the gays?
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