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US: Radio host says it’s okay to attend gay weddings if you call for the couple to be ‘put to death’

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  1. I suppose that given they consider the Bible to be an accurate historical record, we can’t really expect the fundies to be that hot on history.

  2. And you cannot write this off as a simple “lunatic fringe” because these people make these statements in the assumption of having a sympathetic audience.

    I would love it if christians ran these fools out on a rail and robustly and roundly condemned them and actually consigned them to the wilderness of drooling slack-jawed crackpottery.

    But I will not hold my breath (if for no other reason that so-called “moderates” are wet-their-pants terrified of their own sociopathic fundie-fascists).

    If you enable through complicity, through apathy, through fear, you really don’t get to say “not in my name” (and that goes for any pastor or politician who spouts such toxic rhetoric in the assumption of still getting votes/funds/backsides on pews).

  3. Dave North 6 Sep 2013, 1:27pm

    Oh go take a flying F at yourself you religion addled pr!ck.

  4. Please PN, proof read before posting for atrocious and unforgivable typos. Thanks! Oh, and he’s a bigoted prick BTW…

  5. I’m guessing we will see a lot of this ‘Nazi gay bar’ rubbish in the years to come.
    Now that everyone who can remember firsthand the horrors of Fascism, and those who fought against it are dying off from age, more and more fascists will come out of hiding and will accuse the very ideals and values that gave their all to defeat them in the 1940s of being fascist.
    It will soon be that the only people who truly know the true darkness of fascism are the fascists themselves.
    It has already started, with this guy, Fischer and Lively, what is happening in Russia now, and us being accused of the very crimes we would be subjected to.

    1. Jock S. Trap 6 Sep 2013, 3:33pm


      The saddest thing is one the eve year of the centenary of the 1st World War here we have people ignoring the horrors that happened in both World Wars. They want to change history in such a vile manner that all it shows is Nothing has been learned. Nothing has been respected. All those people perished and these people choose not to learn from it.

      They set themselves a Doomsday in the name of religion. They blame all for their own actions and destroy any peace and love in the process.

      Religion is man’s own worst enemy and why the hell should we all suffer for their ignorance?

      1. Andrew Quinn 6 Sep 2013, 10:14pm

        Religion is the opiate of the masses said Lenin

        1. Or Marx, even.

  6. BlokeToys 6 Sep 2013, 1:53pm

    The US seems to like attacking and killing religious fanatics in other lands, while allowing religious fanatics like this man in their own damned country to spout bile about murdering gay people.

    He should be arrested for inciting violence against others.

    This sickening little headcase needs to be charged with a crime. If someone on Twitter can be investigated in the US for making a joking threat to blow something up, a seriously delusional man like this calling for murder should be in a prison cell awaiting trial already.

    1. Revoke the First Amendment, and replace it with one that is better worded, and does not give people a free pass to call for the murder and suicide of innocents.

  7. What are the auudience figures for this show?

    Does it even reach 1000.

    Pink News really is the worst of the worst when it comes to promoting extremism.

    No other gay website is so slavishly devoted to advertising the most fringe element extremists as PN is.

    What is most laughable is Benjamin Cohen’s delusional notion that promoting extremism helps gay rights.

    1. I’ve noticed that they are always keen to publish this sort of thing, but you never see articles about the many LGBT clergy who are campaigning for LGBT rights.

    2. I don’t understand why you use the word “promoting”. The extremism is merely being reported. If you don’t want to read about it, then don’t read it. I do want to, because I’m concerned about such sentiments being broadcast on radio stations to people who haven’t thought about same gender love and will just take what Swanson says as gospel.

      Perhaps you think that reporting the words of this dangerous propagandist and others like Linda Harvey, Pat Robertson, Bryan Fischer, etc, will generate more sympathy for them? I don’t think so, not on New converts to Kevin Swanson’s cause will not be found amongst the readership here.

    3. Everyone should have the opportunity to see what these people are really like. Good on PN for reporting what’s being said rather than just what their “moderate” apologists say.

      1. We should be able to read stuff like this, otherwise I think we run the risk of just burying our heads in the sand by just not realising how much hatred is spewed out by mis guided individuals in this world

  8. I do not care what it says in his revered ancient scrolls, he has crossed the line into advocating murder of gay couples. I think even in America that is against the law. The fact he may be quoting an ancient scroll to emphasise his point is no excuse for this behaviour. If he were to murder his wife because she was straying, it would not exempt him from conviction because it is advocated in those same ancient scrolls. So it should be here. These idiots are not moral individuals and are certainly not “christian” by most peoples definition.
    Religious freedom ends where you are advocating actual harm to others.

  9. Clap, clap, clap…..and the christians are being just chrinstians. Pathetic little creature deserve a shot in the head

  10. If he wants “Leviticus 20:13 word for word”, then he should be using the original Hebrew, not an English translation. And the Hebrew is actually rather ambiguous. For instance, it uses “lie on”, which was mroe often used to describe rape, rather than “lie with”. The full phrase is best translated “lie on a man in the bed of a woman/wife”, and could mean a number of things. It could be a prohibition against same-sex adultery, for instance.

    Meanwhile, I hope this man hasn’t been invited to any weddings at all, if that’s what he considers to be appropriate behaviour. If he does carry out his threat, I hope he is promptly arrested for having made death threats.

    1. shame on him for using Leviticus to justify his hatred.
      After all, just from that picture of him, he is, breaking at least two of Leviticus’ strictures, and they are also “abominations” (yet another word that is NOT the same in Hebrew as in English) on the same order as Lev. 20:13.

      He has cut the hair from his temples, and he wears glasses.
      I’m pretty certain that that hair doesn’t grow back miraculously every week when he goes to church, and I somehow doubt he removes his glasses when standing at the pulpit, reading from the old testament, preaching to his congregation.

      Let’s not even presume whether or not he had ham or bacon with his breakfast, or ate milk products in the same meal as meat products.

    2. Why argue about one translation? The whole book is full of contradictions, inaccuracies, mistranslations and morally repugnant ideals. Why anyone puts any faith in it, I have no idea.

      Believe in god, believe in the toothfairy, believe in flying spaghetti monsters all you like. Just don’t support, perpetuate and celebrate the morals of iron age bigots.

      1. Staircase2 6 Sep 2013, 4:37pm

        Because these people are using the Bible to justify their own prejudice – when actually it’s usually their own ignorant reading and lack of understanding of that very same Bible.

  11. Is this sort of death threat protected under America’s Freedom of Religion / Speech laws? If so, it is outrageous. A ‘belief’ should never be allowed to be a licence to peddle or incite hatred. In m,y opinion, this guy looks and sounds like one hell of a self-hater. He should get help (a) to be de-programmed away from the religon which so obviously controls his life and (b) to accept his true sexuality.

    1. I suspect it’s not a death threat until he’s directed targeted an individual with it. Hate speech is classified differently, I believe. Of course, it is very obvious hate speech, and I’d hope this sort of thing would be prosecuted.

  12. Jock S. Trap 6 Sep 2013, 3:26pm

    Don’t you get bored of them projecting all, blaming other for themselves.

    I also think they need to study and educate themselves about who were targeted by the Nazis during the Second World War. It’s extremely sick to use that argument in the light of events and hopefully all that will be gained is the rise of support because of their ignorance.

  13. 1. Not all christians are like this, don’t blame the quiet majority for the vocal minority, being hateful towards them is just lowering ourselves to the vocal minorities ways.
    2. Stop claiming all bigots are closeted, it’s pathetic and just resorts to immature name calling.

    Yes, this man is a bigot, i agree with that, but there are better ways of dealing with it like… i don’t know… not even giving him the time of day?

    1. Dave North 6 Sep 2013, 3:56pm

      Well why doesn’t this “silent majority!” get off of there collective silent backsides and boot these extremists out?

      Your silence is seen as condoning them and has resulted in you all being tarred with the same brush.

      1. My silence? I’m an atheist, i don’t believe in god either, but i do believe in not judging. And by claiming all christians are homophobes, we’re being as prejudice, and i refuse to be a part of that

        1. Dave North 7 Sep 2013, 12:50pm

          There silence is there complicity to the evil in there ranks.

    2. Then the “silent majority” need to get off their cowardy and apathetic backsides. Frankly, they seem to be as rare as rockinghorse sh..leavings.

    3. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Sep 2013, 5:43pm

      Fine Naomi, then let the quiet majority have reasoned debate with them if they don’t want to be hateful towards them. So far, they’ve done NOTHING! And you know of course that silence gives consent? Not giving them the time of day or bothering to confront them only enables them to continue with abandon. The quiet majority then become part of the problem. Get it? I suppose not.

      1. If you haven’t noticed, the bigots of this world thrive on attention. Just saying things isn’t gonna do shit. If he was actively doing these things, then yeah, i’d be up in arms, but saying things… i mean… not exactly threatening. And i notice no one brought up my other issue, finding that very interesting.

      2. Christopher Coleman 6 Sep 2013, 10:29pm

        There are many Christian communities that have no time for these people. In fact, their clergy preach the opposite message and receive applause from the congregation. I attend a church in which some of the clergy are openly gay and some are also partnered. They marry same gender couples and they blessed many same gender unions, before gay marriage became legal.

        As for having what you call a “reasoned debate” with the extremists, it is not possible. They do not want to listen to other points of view. I have tried many times to discuss a variety of topics with them and one gets nowhere. The biblical flood is a reality to these people, who believe it never rained before that. They cannot tell you why Noah saved all the animals, but some of them are found only in Australia. Reason does not exist for them. One has to live with them, as one does with stinging insects, diseases, and other irritations that are part of life.

    4. ALL recent research points to this fact: the bigger the homophobe, the greater the closet case. This is not MY speculation. It is the result of scientifically-conducted research. Homophobia results from self-loathing. People lean to ‘self-loath’ because of religion. Therefore ‘closet cases’ are created by the bible. The more ‘self-loathing’ you are the more homophobic you will be. These people use the bible to support their projected hatred. So, I’ll say it again: the bigger the homophobe, the greater the closet case.

  14. Pathetic closet case!!

  15. ItchycooMark 6 Sep 2013, 4:01pm

    you just want to punch some people!

  16. What evil doublespeak. The Nazis hated gays, butchering them to death. This man wants the same. Therefore, he is Nazi, no different from his predecessors. But sadly there are people in the US who will be believe this Goebbels like creature.

  17. Bud Clark 6 Sep 2013, 4:31pm

    Dan Savage of “It Gets Better” fame is spearheading a new organization called “Not All (Christians are) Like This:”

    While I’m glad it’s happening, I wonder if it’s too little too late.

    It SHOULD have happened during the rise of Ronnie Ray-Gun, Jerry Falwell, Anita Bryant, and the Moral Majority when the reich-wing of American politics discovered the cash cow of screeching anti-gay propaganda, just as politicians a generation earlier raised money on who could shout “nigger” (sorry) the loudest.

    But, in our defence (I am an anglo-catholic socialist Democrat), I have to add that SANE Christians tend to be rational and polite, unlike our shrill reich-wing counterparts.

    I wonder how this will play out … I suppose we’ll be treated to the sight of anti-equality pickets at same-sex weddings. But surely even Westboro Baptist will get tired after awhile and/or run out of travel money … there’ll just be too many for them to cover.

  18. Staircase2 6 Sep 2013, 4:34pm

    Bloody idiot

    Leviticus 20:10 also says ‘And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.’

    You don’t hear them jumping up and down about that one regularly do you…
    (Especially given how many of them are doing just that…)

    Bloody hypocrites, the lot of them…
    Ungodly hypocrites…

  19. Tom Cotner 6 Sep 2013, 4:42pm

    I strongly suspect that this A**hole has a boy friend lurking somewhere in the woodpile.
    Most of this sort do —
    of this I am absolutely convinced

  20. Well! That one has QUEEN written all over her face! Another self-hater who will be discovered on Grinder in the near future! Not the first, not the last!

  21. Derek Williams 6 Sep 2013, 5:41pm

    5% of 7 billion = only 350 million to kill; 7x more than died in World War 2 which took 6 years and all the world’s ordinance. So that’s 6×7 = 42 years to perpetrate genocide on this scale, during which time hundreds of millions will continue to be born as we always have, to heterosexual parents.

  22. Are there no federal or state laws against public incitement to violence?
    Why has this toad not been arrested? Do legal authorities in the US not protect its citizens from this sort of threat?

  23. David Cade 6 Sep 2013, 6:23pm

    And to think that when I rode a bicycle to and fro work and left it chained up outside my flat and found the front tyre flat at least once a fortnight, it never dawned on me that a neighbour was behind it. I just didn’t think someone would do such a thing simply because I was known to be gay. I really thought it was just bad luck, nails on the road.

    And this young man is prepared to profess publicly that we all deserve so much more than just having our tyres punctured!

    Chilling. I shake my head in disbelief.

  24. Benjamin Bee 6 Sep 2013, 6:55pm

    Be sure, priest! As a man, I’ll sleep with my husband as if he is a man and not a woman. This is the better way that we prefer to go to bed and sleep.

  25. Never a shortage of nutters

  26. Christopher Coleman 6 Sep 2013, 10:10pm

    You’ve got to love American Christian radio hosts. No other group entertains with such consistent stream of drivel. And they also believe they are doing the Lord’s work and exhibiting the love that Jesus taught.

    A very special species. We must never let them become extinct. If we have to, we must construct special Christian radio host pens in our zoos.

  27. We seem to have a monopoly on these fools here in the States.
    Do they exist in the UK or on the continent like here?

    1. barriejohn 7 Sep 2013, 8:06am

      We have a few, but they tend to get laughed at!

      1. ‘Deference’ for religion is at an all time low in th UK. Church scandals and education have taught the younger generation that organised religion is deeply flawed. Nut jobs like this would be dragged off air and arrested for inciting hatred. Your protection of religious ‘freedom of speech’ is looking increasingly unjustifiable.

  28. Wow…. spell check broken?

  29. barriejohn 7 Sep 2013, 8:10am

    Good idea. And while he’s about it, he ought to hold up this verse from Leviticus when attending the remarriage of divorcees:

    “And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”

    Sauce for the goose and all that!

  30. I’ve never heard of this guy, he probably has a radio show that about ten people listen to. Even in super conservative Virginia, where I happen to live right now, someone who said that kind of thing wouldn’t be paid attention to. There are idiots everywhere but this guy has no influence over anyone who matters. It really bothers me when I see this kind of thing published in new stories, because the majority of Americans are nothing like this moron.

  31. This man isn’t a Christian at all. Christianity is about love, not hatred. The commandment ‘love thy neighbour as thyself’ is a big enough clue. In urging the death of others he flouts one of the main rules of his own religion! The man is not just a bigot. He is a profoundly stupid bigot!

    1. Christianity can be about just about anything. That’s why it persists. Sadly.

  32. Poor (maybe GAY) guy, he does´t know any better. The only thing he has is an old book. Don´t you worry GOD won´t let he be here that long anymore. HE knows we don´t need those idiots here on earth.

  33. lady tanya 9 Sep 2013, 3:37pm

    how come all these god loving people can call for our DEATHS, call our heads to put on poles out side there churches. yet WE do not call them any thing, if we where to call for there deaths we would be seen as bad people and we would be in the WRONG…. but they get away with MURDER. when will theses people get over there own hang ups , i live in hope

  34. soapbubblequeen 11 Sep 2013, 5:54pm

    I hope someone puts 6 bullets in his brain. Bastard.

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