A recent town hall meeting sponsored by the Maryland Family Alliance, a coalition working to defeat Maryland’s marriage equality law, has inflamed the gay marriage debate on news that a local pastor declared that LGBT people and their supporters are “worthy of death.”
Speaking during a panel discussion on Oct. 19 on the upcoming Maryland ballot initiative, Question 6, that asks votes to approve or reject the same-sex marriage law approved in the state legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this year, the Rev. Robert J. Anderson [of the Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown, Md.] read from scripture as part of his argument against allowing same-sex unions.
And why this church is still not subject to state or federal tax, I’m not sure. I had always thought that as soon as the church started getting involved in politics, then they lost their tax exempt status. Seeing how a lot of these evangelical joints can’t seem to keep themselves from interfering with the progress of secular society by foisting the rules of a 2,000 year old Middle Eastern society onto us all, it should only make sense they start rendering unto Caesar. It might fix our deficit problem …
“Those who practice such things are deserving of death,” Anderson said, quoting from Romans, Chapter 1. He went on to argue that if Question 6 is not defeated on Nov. 6, “then we are approving those things that are worthy of death.”
Funny, I remember some of the same things being said about multi-racial marriages a few decades ago. But hey, I guess as long as you got yours, who’s keeping track of history anymore?
Oh, and after the inevitable shitstorm that erupted over his comments, we had to have the doubling-down and the dismissal of any negative reaction as nothing more than a “distraction”:
Maryland Family Alliance Executive Director Derek McCoy issued a written statement saying, “Any attempt to imply that Dr. Anderson’s reading of scripture was a call to harm gays and lesbians is false and serves as a distraction of the real issues of this campaign.”
Derek, pretending that the bible provides any coherent argument for or against anything on the basis that it says so is the real issue of the campaign … because it’s utter goddamned lunacy. I know you and your buddies are used to ignoring reality and casually replacing it with your own, but the fact remains that if a pastor reads from a book – supposedly inspired by the god he spends his life worshiping – and claims that homosexuals are “worthy of death” by His divine mandate, then it is a call to harm. If, in fact, he does not advocate such an extreme measure against people of different sexual orientations, then he shouldn’t say things like that in public.
In fact, that’s what I just don’t understand about people like you and Pastor Robert “I Didn’t Say It; God Did” Anderson. You don’t seem to have any clue that words actually mean things. If you – as a spokesperson for God – tell people that He believes homosexuals are worthy of death, then you are responsible for the repercussions of those statements, no matter who you pretend wrote them first. You are an advocate of that same ideology.
Like all other opponents of homosexual rights, you try to have it both ways, arguing that while you use the bible to condemn homosexuality, you don’t condone their murder. I don’t see why not, since the sin and the punishment are in the same sentence in the Old Testament. Nothing convinces me that you’re just using the bible as a convenient excuse for your own bigotry and ignorance more than that fact alone.
McCoy says his group is committed to the dignity and respect of all people, but that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman.
Yeah, screw you too. I live for the day when Christians start praying in closets and LGBT people can finally step out of them.