This just in from Wes: the sanctity of life that fundamentist Christians always harp on about is obviously conditional.
A Canadian television station has apologized publicly to viewers for a telecast of American evangelist Jimmy Swaggart’s television program in which he threatened to kill gays.
During the program, a rambling sermon by Swaggart, the televangelist turned to the subject of gay marriage.
Swaggart said: “I’m trying to find the correct name for it … this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men. … I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I’m gonna kill him and tell God he died.”
The remarks were met with applause from his congregation.
The program was taped at Swaggart’s ministry in New Orleans where voters Saturday agreed to amend the Louisiana constitution to bar same-sex marriage.
You see? All the faithful Christians I know, including the ones in my family, write this kind of crap off as anti-Christian. This man is not following in the footsteps of Jesus or spreading the word of God; no, he’s using God as an excuse to spew hate. This is not God, folks. Just like the Islamic fundamentalists who kill are not following the will of God.
This is the problem with religion. It has nothing to do with worshipping God, and everything to do with creating excuses for human horror.