North Carolina can now lay claim to another preacher who advocates violence in the name of religion. Watch how this pus-necked hatemonger recommends rounding up gay men and lesbians, surrounding them with electrified fences, and letting them die off.
I can’t decide which is worse — that there is someone who is so hate-filled that they would hold these beliefs and preach them in the name of religion, or that there are actually parishioners who sat in the pews and listened to this without objection.
Can you imagine being a kid struggling with his or her sexual identity and being dragged to church by your parents to listen to this kind of viciousness, week after week? One only needs to talk to adults who have been subjected to this hatred to understand the damage that continues to be done.
This kind of abject hatred is unbelievably objectionable wherever it occurs geographically. But there sure is a lot of evidence that there a whole lot more of this in the red states than in the blue states. You know, those states with the highest concentration of evangelicals and obesity, along with the lowest levels of education. Oh, yeah, the highest concentration of Republicans and tea-partiers, paired with the highest dependence on those government handouts that they object to so much.
I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating. North Carolina, if you don’t want to be considered a backwoods haven for peckerwoods and rednecks, you gotta do something about this.
And, by the way, if there were ever an argument in favor of getting rid of tax-exempt status for churches, this guy just made it.