Bigot of the Week Award: August 17, State Representative Andy Gipson (MS)

17 Aug

Bigot of the Week

Thank you to my friend Chris Wilson for inspiring me to write this article.  This was a very difficult article to compose, for it terrifies me and reminds me that people who have no sense of history are dangerous and scare me personally. Andy Gipson, Republican Mississippi State Representative posted on his Facebook page that  gays should be put to death, as he quotes from the bible:

If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

In an email exchange over this post with UnityMS, he firms up his position:

To be clear, I want the world to know that I do not, cannot, and will not apologize for the inspired truth of God’s Word. It is one thing that will never “change.”

Ordinarily I try to leaven these awards with some wit, to point out hypocrisy (like cherry-picking your verses from Leviticus) and skewer idiocy and mendacity with sharp contrasts. This particular bigot filled me with such rage and sorrow that I had to walk away from my keyboard while contemplating what to say. This man, elected to serve all his constituents, wishes death on a whole population to satisfy his narrow faith. That’s the simple truth of it. That simple truth makes him a bigot and makes him an easy winner of this week’s award. How can I not take this personally? This bigot and pathetic man has said he wishes me and my husband dead just because we are gay.  Who would Jesus hate?

Gipson would also win the Coward of the Week, clearly lacking the courage of his convictions. When the story broke nationally, he simply took down his Facebook page rather than stand behind his beliefs. When the Huffington Post rightly observed that he clearly advocated murder, he posted a weaselly non-retraction, trying to rationalize away the impact of his white-hot hate. Using that passage from Leviticus to call out perceived sin also identifies a punishment and implicitly approves of it. This kind of behavior is why the Family Research Council is labelled a hate group, whether they approve of the label or not. This kind of thinking put millions into death camps seventy years ago.

Gipson called for the execution of people based solely on an aspect of their humanity. This kind of declaration is unacceptable in a public servant and should be rewarded with the loss of office.  So Mr. Gipson, who will be next on your target list of those you think should die? Who appointed you to a position of who gets to live and die?  I only pray that you are not allowed any children and that your venom does not cause another teen suicide. May you deal with your internal demons and I will try to feel sorry for you, rather than be full of rage at your behavior.

18 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: August 17, State Representative Andy Gipson (MS)”

  1. daphiny August 17, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    I cant stand these sometime, wishy washy Christians who were told once a line from Leviticus and yet failed to tell them about the rest of Leviticus, because most of these morons are too stupid to actually READ the book they praise as “GODS WORD”.. One would think they would know this book better than others when fact is they know it less than everyone… Or why else would they put so much into one stupid sentence in a book filled with hate, murder, slavery , child molestation, rape, war, something that looks a lot like bestiality, spousal abuse, lots of stoning’s, cannibalism, here’s a fun list for all to enjoy ..I post this list all the time, especially whenever I can on FOX .. 🙂
    Here are the gory details:

    “All the fat is the Lord’s.” 3:16

    Moses puts blood on Aaron’s right ear, thumb, and big toe. 8:23-24

    God’s 13th Killing:
    God kills Aaron’s sons for offering “strange fire before the Lord.” 10:1-2

    Hares are unclean since they chew the cud. 11:6

    Bats are just unclean birds. 11:13,19

    Four-legged birds are an abomination to God. 11:20

    Insects have four legs. 11:21, 23

    Baby girls are twice as dirty as baby boys. 12:1-8

    God’s cure for leprosy. 14:2-32

    What to do if “he that hath the issue spit upon him that is clean.” 15:8

    What to do “if any man’s seed of copulation go out from him.” 15:16-18

    Menstruating women are unclean to God. 15:19-30

    God’s law for wet dreams. 15:16-17, 32

    Don’t look at any naked menstruating women. 18:19

    Homosexuality is an abomination to God. 18:22

    Don’t mix seeds when sowing a field or wear a garment with mixed fibers. 19:19

    If you have sex with a slave woman, you must then scourge her. 19:20

    Don’t round the corners of your head or mar the corners of your beard. 19:27

    Children who curse their parents, adulterers, and homosexuals must be killed. 20:9-12

    Woman with “familiar spirits” must be stoned to death. 20:27

    The unchaste daughters of priests must be burnt to death. 21:9

    Handicapped people must not approach the altar. 21:16-23

    God’s 14th Killing:
    A man curses and blasphemes while disputing with another man. Moses asks God what to do about it. God says that the whole community must stone him to death. “And the children of Israel did as the Lord and Moses commanded.” 24:10-23

    God’s instructions for buying slaves. 25:45-46

    “Ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.” 26:16

    God will “send wild beasts among you, which shall rob your of your children.” 26:22

    “And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.” 26:29

    God places a dollar value on human life; women are worth less (50 – 60%) than men. 27:3-7

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 17, 2012 at 7:56 am #


      This comment made me love you even more than I already did! You do a marvelous job of pointing out the utter hypocrisy, sexism, and inconsistencies! Thank you! We should also mention that little thing called Separation of Church and State!

      • daphiny August 17, 2012 at 8:02 am #

        big HUGS Michael .. 🙂 I love what you do 🙂

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 17, 2012 at 9:26 am #

        I could not do this work without people like you and a loving and supportive husband.

    • daphiny August 17, 2012 at 8:04 am #

      I shouldve said those are all in LEVITICUS 🙂

  2. Christine Noble August 17, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Let yourself feel the rage Michael, it is a perfectly acceptable response to monsters like this. Just don’t let it consume you (I know we were both pretty close yesterday.)

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 17, 2012 at 9:32 am #

      Dear heart, you are right! We must hope that truth and the light of day will force these ugly monsters to retreat back into the shadows.

  3. newsofthetimes August 17, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Oh my gosh. How is that not a threat that would land someone in jail? Thank you for highlighting this.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 17, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      I think jail would be too good for him!

      • newsofthetimes August 17, 2012 at 9:37 am #

        True. So hateful and disgusting. Thanks for bringing attention to this.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 17, 2012 at 9:40 am #

        Thank you for always being so kind and compassionate and really understanding the impact of hate.

      • newsofthetimes August 17, 2012 at 9:43 am #

        Thank you for always helping make sure I know about it. It is hard for me to find the right words for how low some of the bigots of the week can go – it is so foreign to my way of seeing the world. But it is so important to know these types of pure evil still exist. Thanks for your thoughtful blog. Keep up the great work, my friend.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 17, 2012 at 9:45 am #

        Thank you for helping fight the good fight and for working for social justice for all! You help prove how wonderful humans can be.

      • newsofthetimes August 17, 2012 at 9:50 am #


  4. nevercontrary August 18, 2012 at 4:07 am #

    A pastor in Chely Wright’s movie- wish me away- says ” no one is meaner than someone being mean for jesus”

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 18, 2012 at 7:00 am #

      I had never heard that, but that is really quite lovely.

      • nevercontrary August 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

        I could review the movie for your sight if you are interested. If not you should at least watch it. It was such a raw look at the true process of coming out.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm #


        I trust you! We will watch the movie.

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