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Bigot of the Week Award: June 1, Pastor Curtis Knapp

1 Jun

Bigot of the Week

This past month certainly has assembled a Preacher’s Hall of Shame! Two came from North Carolina. First we had Sean Harris telling parents to break their sons’ wrists if they got “too limp.” Then the vile Charles Worley endorsed death camps for LGBT Americans, much to the delight of his congregation. Now we have Pastor Curtis Knapp (of Kansas, for a change) taking things to their horrific “final solution”. He wants the government to put gays and lesbians to death.

They should be put to death. That’s what happened in Israel. That’s why homosexuality wouldn’t have grown in Israel. It tends to limit conversions. It tends to limit people coming out of the closet.

REALLY? And the far right says that all they want is to maintain their religious freedom? Big Ole Closet Queen Knapp clearly demonstrates that the agenda is as despicable as it gets. Just to prove he meant it, he doubled down on the hate in an interview with CNN.

We punish pedophilia. We punish incest. We punish polygamy and various things. It’s only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption.

As crazy icing on his crapcake, he also said that George W. Bush, the man who campaigned on marriage inequality, was “too tolerant” of LGBT Americans. This is a dangerous, scary man. ¬†Who will be next on Knapp’s hate list and sentenced off to the death camps?

Methinks the Homophobes Protest Too Much…

10 Apr

...maybe it's even you.

Well fetch my smelling salts! A new study adds strong evidence that people who demonstrate the greatest antipathy toward LGBT people have strong same-sex attractions themselves. The research, which will be published the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, was conducted in the U.S. and U.K. and used four different experiments. The authors of the study note:

Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves… In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward.

Consider this the latest gospel in the Ted Haggard memorial bible of There But For the Grace…

While it’s easy to be smug about this further evidence that the bigots have some serious rainbow garments hiding in their closets, this study also goes to show that

  • as long as our government continues to create second-class status and separate-but-equal laws for LGBT citizens
  • as long as our schools refuse to take a strict stand against bullying and allow students to treat their peers as lesser people
  • as long as we allow “religious exemptions” to civil rights, giving bigotry the force of law

we continue to set up a world where far too many people believe that their own same-sex attractions are something to fear and hate. When that toxicity bubbles over, everyone suffers, especially those who are able to be happy with who they are. That irony must end. Let’s hope this new evidence finally moves our society to embrace all people equally and helps those with doubt to find the strength to love themselves so they can stop hating others.

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