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Monday 20 September 2004

What some far-right so-called "Christians" believe ...

Jimmy Swaggert, speaking before an audience (aka 'congregation') in New Orleans, decided to let the nation know what he thinks about gay marriage. His broadcast was carried on stations in all 50 US states without apparent incident, but has caused serious disquiet (rightly) in Canada where it was broadcast on Omni 1, a Toronto multicultural station, provoking the issuance of an apology by the station to its viewers, because 'hate speech' is a criminal offence in Canada.

What has caused the outrage. Well, this:

"I'm trying to find the correct name for it ... this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men. ... I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I'm gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I'm gonna kill him and tell God he died."

It seems the audience applauded. And it seems that no-one in the US has spoken out to condemn this bigot. Presumably gays there have heard it so many times before, specially from someone who has been arrested for soliciting a prostitute, that they think it is not so important. I beg to differ. Such remarks need to be challenged every time they are made.

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