Remember last week when the nutball pastor preached that we ought to imprison all gay and lesbians in giant electrified cages so they can all die out? It never rains but it pours.
Now you have another Kansas pastor who is asking the U.S. government to follow scripture and kill gays. Pastor Curtis Knapp, of New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas, said “They should be put to death. ‘Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them, no?’ — I’m saying the government should. They won’t, but they should.”
Now that might sound rather extreme and I suppose you could have a valid reason to question whether someone is stupid enough to stand up and say this. I wouldn’t wonder at all if you chose to be skeptical. I might be as well, had I not heard literally hundreds of these things over the years. So I won’t be mad if you want to verify what I’m saying. You could go listen to his entire sermon here, or you could just listen to the excerpt in question. Your call.
Okay, granted he doesn’t expect them to actually do it. But they should. Yes, you have a religious nutball asking the United States government, a Constitutionally secular government, to follow his personal beliefs in a particular reading of the Bible and kill a sizable percentage of the United States population.
Don’t hold your breath, Father.
Of course, as soon as this came up, the religious started waving their arms around, saying “he’s an extremist, you can’t criticize the religious because of the words of one single sick individual!” Other than the fact that this is two such individuals in as many weeks who have gone public in their belief that homosexuals ought to be wiped out, other than the fact that this is not remotely uncommon, in fact, I’m surprised we don’t see this a lot more often than we do, let’s look at the reality, shall we?
Pastor Knapp is a Baptist. So let’s look at what Baptists believe, shall we?
While it’s difficult to come to a consensus, the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest denomination, has taken a strong position that homosexuality is a lifestyle that is a “manifestation of a depraved nature”, “a perversion of divine standards and as a violation of nature and natural affections” and “an abomination in the eyes of God.”
The second largest denomination, the National Baptist Convention, while it takes no official doctrinal position, preferring to leave it to the individual churches. They do state, however, that the majority of their churches “would hold that homosexuality is not a legitimate expression of God’s will and would be opposed to ordaining active homosexuals or lesbians for any type of ministry in their church.”
The American Baptist Churches, which number about a million and a half members, oppose homosexuality and gay marriage.
Those are the three largest Baptist groups, the only three with over a million members each. So yes, among Baptists, his views, while extreme, are likely not as rarely held in the mainstream as you might want to think. I’d like to think that the majority of Baptists don’t want to put homosexuals to death, but certainly they openly disapprove of them and that’s not really that much better.
So will this latest religious retard suffer any negative ramifications for his primitive beliefs? Of course not. His own church will support him no matter what, his religious organization will take no action against him and in a few days, nobody will remember his stupidity. Why should they? Someone else will have come along to be the new Internet idiot by then. It’s unfortunate that there are so many of them out there. Unfortunate, but hardly surprising. This is religion, after all.