The Rev. Huey Mills, pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Lancaster, SC, has released a statement backing Rick Santorum and urging fellow evangelical Christians to oppose the nomination of Mitt Romney.
Well, there’s no real surprise there. I can think of two reasons, in fact. First, Santorum’s a pretty hard-core religious nut. I find it hard to say this, but I actually have some small amount of respect for the fact that at least he’s ALL IN. Gay marriage? WRONG. Adultery? WRONG. Divorce? WRONG. Rubbing one out? WRONG. Heh … he’s just alienated what percentage of Congress by being this restrictive?
Second, Romney’s a Mormon, and even though they are better than atheists and Muslims, they’re still a weird cult, amirite? But they’re a Christian cult so we still have to be welcoming. Just lock up the silverware before they come over, if you know what I mean.
In an emailed press release, Mills said:
“In obedience to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, most South Carolinans and I have a sane and healthy homophobia, while Mitt Romney has a very bad case of homophilia; the man very clearly endorses dangerous, unhealthy homosexual conduct. Romney actually proclaimed gay youth pride days as governor of Massachusetts.”
I would like someone to tell me what constitutes a “sane and healthy homophobia”, considering (as Markos rightly points out) the definition of phobia and what such a thing drives people to do when given justification through religion or a backwards enough culture. Personally, I’ve never heard of a “sane and healthy homophobia” … thought I have heard of “bible waving, shit kicking loons”. I’ll leave the next step as an exercise for the reader.
While it may be true that some elements of sexual activity carried out by the male homosexual population is especially dangerous if done without protection, the same things can be done by heterosexual couples with the same exact effect. Hell, I know a couple examples of the second group myself. I very much doubt STDs have read the bible to care who they infect as punishment.
I would also suggest that no matter how risky such activity is, it’s likely more dangerous to perpetuate the kind of attitude that the actions or behavior of a particular demographic is wrong because some Bronze Age book tells you it is. I’ve said before that religion is, in part, about being right and feeling good about it. For others it’s also about hiding behind a convenient excuse to hate people different from yourself.
“The Word of Almighty God, from the Books of Moses to those of the Apostle Paul, commands faithful Jews and Christians to be homophobic. Carolinans have a God-fearing homophobia, while Mitt Romney wrongly endorses homosexuality as a good choice for our young people.
A good choice? I have to laugh when I find myself actually defending Mitt Romney, since I can’t hear him saying anything close. Reverend Huey makes homosexuality sound like it’s equivalent to selecting a balanced mutual fund or a first car … though I have to say I’m not surprised he thinks it’s a choice, since bigotry and ignorance go hand in hand.
“And in closing, boys and girls … stay in school, eat right, respect your parents, and BE GAY. It’s the patriotic thing to do. It will create jobs. Or something.”
Mitt Romney proved during the recent Meet the Press debate that he’s just as liberal on the gay agenda as he always has been. In 1994, he said ‘I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party,’ …
Any positive number, no matter how small, is still greater than zero …
… while at January 8 debate, Romney proudly announced, ‘a member of my cabinet was gay. I appointed people to the bench regardless of their sexual orientation.’ When asked when he last stood up and spoke out for increasing gay rights, Romney said ‘Right now.’ That Yankee is hopelessly left-wing on homosexuality.”
Yeah, what a moonbat. Ronmey followed anti-discrimination laws during the hiring process and thinks homosexuals should be treated less like second class citizens.
The problem is not that Romney is hopelessly left-wing; it’s that this reverend is out of his goddamned mind.
And out of curiosity, how does this press release work in the context of the tax exempt status of churches? I thought 501(c)(3) organizations can’t engage in any campaign activity for or against political candidates. Unless they’re not exempt?