June is Pride month. All around the country, Pride events are being held, and Fundagelicals are having a conniption fit. White supremacist and Far Right extremist are planning to organize a straight Pride parade in Boston this summer. After all, marriage between heterosexuals has only been legal for 4,000 years or so.
The United States has laws protecting Freedom of speech and protesting. However, there are limits. According to the Freedom Forum Institute, there are nine areas not protected by the First Amendment
- Fighting words
- Defamation (including libel and slander)
- Child pornography
- Incitement to imminent lawless action
- True threats
- Solicitations to commit a crime
This weekend in Florida, a group of preachers will be pushing those boundaries in their “Make America Straight Again” Conference.
The above video shows some of the scheduled speakers and their so-called “taking a stand against the sodomites.” Just a side note, the term sodomite wasn’t used in the early or medieval Church to mean homosexual but who cares about correct context usage right?
Here is where Tommy McMurtry pushes the boundaries of free speech when he encourages his congregation to pray that the protesters in Florida turn violent so he and his group can use the Florida “Stand your ground law” to fight back.
So, quick recap, this “Make America Straight Again” conference will include multiple pastors who have called for the death of LGBTQ community members, Include a speaker, Stephen Anderson, who has been banned from multiple countries due to hate speech and has one pastor asking for the congregation to pray for violence. They have also chosen the weekend of their conference strategically. They chose the anniversary of the Pulse Night Club shooting. In fact, Anderson is notorious for praising the shooter and wishing he had killed more.
If these soul sick individuals aren’t guilty of violating first amendment protections, they are certainly guilty of hate speech. However, even worse is that they are guilty of twisting scripture and the Message of Jesus to produce doctrine and teaching designed to bring out the worst in human beings. As pastors, they should not be praying for violence. Human beings in their fallen nature are quite capable of producing violence without any help from God. They pray for the death of their so-called enemies in the Culture War. It seems they have forgotten what Jesus actually taught about enemies. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:43-45)
It is a shame that men stand behind a pulpit and preach such a perversion of Jesus’ message. It is obvious they are not disciples of Jesus since Jesus taught, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”(John 13:35)
Already, as can be seen in the first video, this group of fanatical Fundagelicals is playing the persecution game. When they are called out for their shameless hate speech and the false gospel of hate, they claim that dark forces are opposing them because they are telling the truth. The only truth revealed here is how dark the human soul can become and how men use religion to give authority to their own sickness.
It is my hope, and sincere prayer that churches across America will speak out against this twisting of Jesus’ message and denounce it for the hate speech it is.
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