Showing posts with label Religion Anti Gays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Religion Anti Gays. Show all posts

September 23, 2019

Gay Son in South Korea Told By Mom "I Don't Need A Son Like You"

In South Korea, being LGBTQ is often seen as a disability or a mental illness, or by powerful conservative churches as a sin. There are no anti-discrimination laws in the country and, as the BBC's Laura Bicker reports from Seoul, campaigners believe the abuse is costing young lives.
It was a company dinner that changed Kim Wook-suk's life as he knew it.

                           Anti-LGBT protesters at a rally in Seoul
A co-worker got drunk, slammed the table to get everyone's attention and outed 20-year-old Kim.
"It felt like the sky was falling down," Kim told me. "I was so scared and shocked. No-one expected it."
Kim (not his real name) was fired immediately, and the restaurant owner, a Christian protestant, ordered him to leave.

"He said homosexuality is a sin and it was the cause of Aids. He told me that he didn't want me to spread homosexuality to the other workers," says Kim.
But worse was to come. The restaurant owner's son visited Kim's mother to give her the news her son was gay.
"At that moment, she told me to leave the house and said I don't need a son like you. So I was kicked out."  

'Alienated and isolated'

Like so many other LGBTQ teenagers in South Korea, Kim Wook-suk had spent years carefully and quietly trying to hide his sexuality.

He was raised by a devout Protestant mother and taught that being gay meant burning in hell. He listened fearfully in the church as the pastor preached that homosexuality was a sin and encouraging it would bring disease. That's not an unusual sermon in a country where around 20% of the population belong to conservative churches.
But despite being fired and made homeless because of his sexuality, he holds out hope South Korea can change.

Anti-LGBT protesters at a rally in SeoulImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
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Christian anti-LGBT protesters are making their presence felt at gay events like here in Seoul
He proudly showed me his T-shirt with a special rainbow logo on it, one that calls for an anti-discrimination law. He believes this law will one day enable the LGBTQ community to come out into the open safely.

It may also save young lives.

A survey of under-18's in the LGBTQ community discovered that almost half - around 45% - have tried to commit suicide. More than half (53%) have attempted to self-harm. These figures have prompted the LGBT rights organization Chingusai - Between Friends - to run a helpline.
"They usually talk about feeling alienated, isolated, feeling like they are a burden to someone," says Dr. Park Jae-wan, who works in a hospital by day and volunteers to run the Connecting Hearts service at night.

"They feel distant as their teachers, friends, or family do not understand or are ignorant about what it means to be LGBTQ."

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He believes a more permanent solution must be found to tackle the danger these young people face - and that involves fighting for a new law.

"We need to seriously think about how to embrace sexual minorities and think about what they need," he said.
Homosexuality may not be illegal in South Korea - since 2003 it is no longer classified as "harmful and obscene" - but discrimination remains widespread. Just under half of South Koreans don't want a gay friend, neighbor or colleague, according to one nationwide survey by The Korea Social Integration Survey. 

Media caption why holidays can be tough for S Korea's LGBT community

The proportion of gay and lesbian teenagers who have been exposed to violence is also high. A poll by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea found that 92% of LGBTQ people were worried about becoming the target of hate crimes.

Kim Wook-suk knows this all too well. His mother, he says, kept trying to "save him", but her actions meant he feared his own family at times.

"Using her church people, she tried to kidnap me multiple times to go through conversion therapy. I was forced to go through some of these therapies, however, there were times I manage to avoid them and escaped."

Kim was always looking over his shoulder. He was in alone in a park late at night when he was approached by a man who told him homosexuality was an unforgivable sin and he should return home to his parents, before beating him with a bamboo stick.

He believes his own mother may have ordered the assault as a form of "shock therapy".
"Establishing an anti-discrimination law will send a message to society that people should not be treated differently based on their sexual orientations," says Cho Hyein, an LGBTQ lawyer at Hope and Law, when I tell her Kim's story.

"When a society sets principles, for instance, schools will be able to set responsive measures when kids are bullied. Right now in South Korea, we don't have institutionalized measures to respond to discriminatory situations."

'We should stop them going to hell'

The LGBTQ community has been pushing for change since 2007, and their voices are becoming bolder.

But the same can be said for the opposite side. The Protestant Christian Community is so concerned that homosexuality will be accepted in South Korea that it has decided to hold its first "real love" event in Busan - just a month after the Queer Festival organizers were forced to cancel their own event in the city.

In a statement to the BBC, they said LGBTQ people were "unethical and abnormal" so their discrimination was "the right kind of discrimination".

Woman shouts through a megaphone at Incheon Queer Festival
A woman shouts through a megaphone at Incheon Queer Festival
Menorah said she felt a responsibility to stop LGBTQ people "from going to hell"
In September, this influential church group turned up at the Queer Festival in Incheon, South Korea's second-biggest city, in their thousands.

They waved paper fans which said NO to homosexuality and YES to "real love". A huge screen was placed near the Queer Festival square blasting a warning video claiming that encouraging homosexuality would spread Aids and cost taxpayers millions.

Getting to the Queer Festival square involved squeezing through lines of protestors offering a barrage of verbal abuse.
"Homosexuality is a country-ruining disease," one man told me. "If you commit a homosexual act, the country will perish."

Among the protestant Christians was Menorah. All-day, until dark, she yelled through her megaphone from different positions around Incheon.

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I asked her why she was shouting at these festival-goers.

"Because we are Christians. We are not here to blame other people, because we really love our neighbors. Just watching them going to hell is not true love. If we truly loved them, we should say the good news and stop them from going to hell."

I put it to her that perhaps she should listen to them rather than shout at them. But she was adamant.
"If we just proclaim our love of Jesus Christ softly, that is not going to work.

"True love is to stop them from going to hell. We should shout because we don't have time. It is an emergency problem."

Two Western men kiss at the Incheon Queer festival

Two Western Men kiss at the Incheon Queer festival

But as the protesters yelled, two foreigners opted to show their solidarity by kissing in public outside the Festival square. 
Two foreigners opted to show their solidarity in Incheon by kissing in front of protesters
Last year, however, the event took a more violent turn. A number of protestors attacked the parade and prevented the festival-goers from marching through the streets.

This year, the police recruited around 3,000 officers to protect just a few hundred people from the LGBTQ community who felt brave enough to join in the event. The presence of embassy staff from the world meant that the police had to ensure the safety of the event.
'The hate is overboard'

South Korea appears to be far less tolerance of the LGBTQ community than its East Asian neighbors.
Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage last year - the first country in Asia to do so. Meanwhile, Japan has elected its first openly gay lawmaker, and despite the current political opposition, a survey found that 78% of people aged 20 to 60 favored legalizing same-sex marriage.

In July, Ibaraki Prefecture became the first of Japan's 47 prefectures to issue partnership certificates for LGBT individuals, raising hope that other prefectures would follow.
The difference in South Korea is a large number of influential protestant groups - although they are not all fighting against expanding rights for the country's LGBQ community.

Pastor Lim BoraImage copyrightPARK KIM HYUNG-JOON

Pastor Lim Bora
Pastor Lim Bora says conservative churches are using anti-LGBT sentiment to rally their supporters

Pastor Lim Bora, of the Hyanglin Seomdol congregation in Seoul, is from one of the few South Korean protestant sects which accept LGBTQ rights. She believes the vocal opposition to an anti-discrimination law is a way of rallying congregations just as the number of church-goers starts to decline.

"The church has used this to unite the congregation. In history, you can see how if you put forth a strong enemy, people will rally and unite behind it. So I think this is why the hate towards homosexuality is overboard."

She has been branded a heretic for her views.
"Regardless of religion, I think an anti-discrimination law should be a basic law for basic human rights. I just hope it becomes a reality soon." 

Media caption Gar South Korean soldier: "I'm constantly afraid"
It may be Kim Wook-suk's best hope at a normal life. In his 20s now, Kim has a partner, and together they dream that one-day South Korean society will accept them as a couple.

He is back on speaking terms with his mother, but they have to limit their conversations.
"She still can't accept me for who I am," he says. "She still thinks a man loving another man is wrong. But I no longer try to argue about this with my mom."

August 2, 2019

BBC Reports "LGBT People are Being Made Homeless Due To Religion"

Dr Nazim Mahmood killed himself in 2014 after his family told him to 'seek a gay cure'Nearly half of young LGBT people who are left homeless after coming out are from religious backgrounds.
That's according to research by the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), which supports young people who are at risk of homelessness.
The charity says three in four LGBT people are rejected by their families - and 45% of that number are from a faith background.
The Trust says the majority are from Muslim and Christian families.
For Dr Nazim Mahmood, the pain of not being accepted by his parents ended in the most devastating way.
Five years ago he took his own life when his family told him to "seek a cure" after coming out as gay, because they considered homosexuality a disease.
In reality, so-called "gay-cure" therapies have no scientific evidence to back them up.
In 2018, the government promised to take steps to get rid of the practice in the UK, as evidence shows it is harmful and ineffective.
Strict interpretations of religious texts, from the Bible to the Koran, have been used to argue that being LGBT is a sin.
"He said if his family ever found out that we're together, they'd be praying on the doorstep until we break apart," says his fiance Matt Mahmood-Ogston, who's still dealing with the pain of Naz's death.

'I'm Muslim, is that OK?'

"His smile was incredible, his big brown eyes were so beautiful and the way he spoke. In that moment, my life changed forever."
Love was "instant" when Nazim and Matt met in Birmingham in their early 20s but they soon learned that being in love meant going underground.
One of the first questions Naz asked Matt was: "I'm Muslim, is that OK?"
For Matt it was never a problem but Naz's faith would go on to play a big part in their lives.
Matt and Naz at an eventImage copyrightTHE NAZ AND MATT FOUNDATION
Image captionMatt says he and Naz were each other's first and only relationship and he will remain in love with him for the rest of his life
To get the freedom and life they wanted, they moved to London and kept their relationship secret for 13 years.
Naz would face constant pressures from his family to get married, and when he revealed the truth during a confrontation at home, he was told to get therapy.
"They were basically saying the thing that he cherished the most - his identity, the most truthful thing about him - had to be got rid of for him to be accepted," Matt says.
Days later Naz took his own life at the age of 34.
If there is any anger or bitterness, Matt doesn't show it.
Through his work - The Naz and Matt Foundation - he wants to help others in a similar position change their family's minds. 
Prince William talking at an AKT eventImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe Duke of Cambridge said he'd "fully support" his children if they came out as gay, but would worry about the pressures they could face
Last month one of the UK's most high-profile parents moved the conversation forward.
Visiting the AKT in London, the Duke of Cambridge said he would "fully support" his children if they were gay.
"Anyone that may have been on the fence or indifferent, to see the future king say that, would change a lot of minds," says Leigh Fontaine, services manager at the trust.
AKT works to support anyone who needs help with housing and services.
"People come to us either because they've chosen to leave home due to hostility - from name calling to the extremes of forced conversion, exorcism - or because they've been kicked out."
Do parents ever end up accepting their children? 
"Sometimes. The family sees their child grow in independence and confidence once out of the house and their views start to shift and change."

'Dad, I'm gay'

Sameer at graduation with his familyImage copyrightSAMEER POSELAY
Image captionSameer revealed his sexuality while at university and is supported entirely by his family
The idea of telling his family about his sexuality frightened 24-year-old Sameer Poselay.
"I genuinely thought I was going to take the secret to the grave."
He knew he was gay at age eight but with parents of Indian, Sunni Muslim heritage, he says there was a level of expectation: "My parents were really looking forward to having daughters-in-law one day.
"I thought maybe I'd enter a fake marriage as I didn't want to ruin that whole perfect nuclear family. I felt the burden of ruining it."
School - where Sameer says gay people were regularly mocked - didn't help either.
But one night, aged 20, he decided to tell his dad and relieve himself of the burden that had been depressing him for so long.
He'd anticipated being kicked out so had arranged to stay at a friend's.
As his father sat in the lounge absorbed in a TV show, Sameer sat opposite him and said: "I need to talk to you."
Sameer with his dad Lak
Image captionSameer says he is lucky that his family accept him and accept homosexuality
"Honestly, my immediate thought was 'Oh gosh, I hope you haven't got anyone pregnant'," Sameer's dad Lak Poselay says.
When Sameer eventually said "Dad, I'm gay", there was silence.
"I had a delayed reaction and I just said 'Go on, get on with your life' shrugged my shoulders and said, 'Yeah OK'," says Lak.
Sameer was blindsided, and soon afterwards he got all the reassurances he'd ever wanted.
Crucially, his entire family don't just accept him - they fully accept homosexuality.
"I'm sure some would say I'm not a proper Muslim, but it's simple," Lak says wryly. "You're born a Muslim and you're born gay, so you are both."
Sameer as a childImage copyrightSAMEER POSELAY
Image captionSam says growing up he always knew he was "different" and thanks to family support knows his religion and sexuality can both be part of his identity
As for "What will the neighbours think?"...
"I couldn't care less, it's their negativity. I just tell them 'Yes I'm proud my son is gay... and a doctor!'" Lak says.
"I'm a scientist dad," Sameer interjects.
"I know son, but saying doctor is funny because it means more to them doesn't it?" 
"And I'm still an Asian dad," Lak laughs. "So I'd like him to bring home an Asian Muslim man!"
There's a serious message he is keen to emphasise.
"As a parent you can literally destroy your child's life because you made something all about you and not wanting to accept it.
"We're all about saving lives - so save your child's life by saying 'OK, you're Muslim and you're gay'."
Naz's memorial benchImage copyrightTHE NAZ AND MATT FOUNDATION
Image captionNaz's bench bears a quote of his and a poem by Matt
It's this full acceptance that Matt says could have meant a different life for Naz.
He places a bouquet of sunflowers on to the memorial bench to honour the man he says will forever remain his soulmate.
They were Naz's favourite kind.
"All Naz wanted was the unconditional love and acceptance of his parents. 
"Even if one parent changes their minds after hearing us, it would mean everything."
If you've been affected by any of the issues described in this article, you can find help at the BBC Advice pages.

June 19, 2019

“Love Your Enemies” (Pastor Tommy) 'Would like to Go Back to When Gays Were Executed'

One of the participants in the recent anti-LGBTQ “Make America Straight Again” Christian hate-conferencewas Pastor Tommy McMurtry of Liberty Baptist Church in Illinois. 
Just before the conference, he had posted a video telling his followers that he longed to go back to the time when society executed gay people.
… There was a time when society, when our country saw them for what they were, and they put them in their place: six feet under. And unfortunately, we have forgotten that in our country.
Seems fairly unambiguous to me: We used to kill gay people, and “unfortunately,” we no longer do that.
The conference itself only reinforced that notion, with multiple pastors talking about how the government ought to be executing gay people.
Yesterday, McMurtry was back in his home pulpit, and he lashed out against the media for supposedly quoting his “six feet under” words out of context. 
Except it wasn’t out of context. And his explanation just proved the media got it right. It begins around the 30:00 mark:
… I mean, just the amount of lies that are coming [out] about me right now, I’m just like… and I just keep telling myself, “These lies are from homos, and it’s mostly homos listening to it. They think a boy can be a girl, a girl can be a boy. It’s mainly from gaytheists.” Alright? So not only do they believe that, but they also believe they evolved from monkeys. So if they believe stuff like that, I guess they could literally believe anything about me. 
… It can be so dishonest. And you want to respond to it. I mean, somebody showed me the one today, they had the article, it had a quote from me, and it said “Pastor McMurtry said ‘homos’ in quotation marks — they put the ‘homos’ in quotation marks — should be, in their own words, put ‘six feet under’ in quotation marks under it. Alright? So the quote from me was ‘Homos’ should be put ‘six feet under’… That’s the way they made it look. They quoted my words ‘homos.’ They quoted my words ‘six feet under.’… Yes, those words all came out of my mouth, but I wasn’t saying that! I’m not saying whether I think that or not, but I’m just saying… that’s not what I said! I said that’s what society used to think, and everybody knows that! That’s just a historical fact that they whine and cry about! 
They cry about that, alright? The only difference… between what I said there and what they say about their own history is that I don’t think it was a bad thing! That’s the only difference!
So to recap: McMurtry didn’t say “Homos should be put six feet under.” Even though he totally believes that. What he actually said was that society used to think gay people should be executed… and he just happens to believe we should go back to that time. 
By the way, the title of his sermon was “Love your enemies.” This is what passes for “love” for these Independent Fundamentalist Baptist preachers. 

May 20, 2019

A Maine Millennial Speaks About Franklyn Graham Anti Gay Gospel

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Maine is consistently ranked as one of the least religious states in America, and I’ve always been grateful for that. Which is weird, because I come from a fairly religious family. We’re Episcopalian, and growing up, I went to church every Sunday, until I went off to college and could sleep in on the weekends (sorry, Mom). And I went to Catholic school for 13 years.

So why am I grateful that Maine isn’t very religious? Because I’m bisexual. I’ve liked women since I was 11 years old (as for men, I’ve been interested in them only since I was 23, but that’s another story). Maine’s lack of fervent religiosity and those weird Jesus billboards have helped keep the amount of homophobia I’ve personally experienced low. I’ve dealt with some, of course. It’s impossible to grow up LGBTQ in America without accruing some psychological scars. I’m just lucky to only have a few of them. And I’m incredibly lucky that none of them came from my family or our church.

I’ve been thinking about this because Franklin Graham is coming to Maine. Specifically, the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, on May 19 (the day this column is published), in the evening. He’s the evangelical pastor with a net worth in the tens of millions of dollars (not sure how he squares that one with Jesus saying, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven”), who says that “homosexuality” is “something to be repentant of.”
Does that mean I only have to be half as repentant of bisexuality?
There are definitely things I’ve done that I need to be repentant of. Being attracted to women isn’t one of them.

I don’t know where I stand on the issues of life after death, big cosmic beings, etc., etc. (the fun existential questions of religion), but I do know a few things about Jesus, having spent a childhood reading about him flipping tables, turning water into wine and healing the sick. I am 100 percent sure that if he had a cellphone, he would use a lot of emojis while texting. (I cannot prove this – I just have a strong feeling that it is true, which I believe is the very definition of “faith.”) And I think he would care a lot more about what I’m doing to help the homeless and the hungry and the suffering than about who I swipe right on Tinder for. 

There are people all over the country – and, unfortunately, even in Maine – who think that there is something wrong with being queer. I don’t care about that when it comes to myself.  Their opinions don’t matter to me. It’s the kids I worry about. It just kills me to think that in the crowds who will surely flock to see Graham perform will be parents of queer kids; that they will think something is wrong with their children if they are anything other than solidly and traditionally heterosexual. It pisses me off to know that there are kids out there who are receiving something other than unconditional love and acceptance from their parents. It’s what I’ve always gotten from mine and it’s what every child deserves.

For the record: If God made you gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or generally amorphously queer, and your parents have a problem with that, then I will be your parent now. Do your homework, clean your room, bedtime is 9:30.

The phenomenon of spiritual leaders using Scripture as a bludgeon and trading moral authority for access to power isn’t new. Hypocrisy, self-enrichment, bargains with politicians: I know a Pharisee when I see one.

Franklin Graham’s tour brochures say he is praying for “the lost.” Presumably, I would be considered one of the lost, on account of all the gay stuff  – not to mention the birth control, and living with a man out of wedlock, and taking the Lord’s name in vain (usually when I stub my toe). But I’m not lost.
I know exactly where I am, and where I am in Maine. As a fan of freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, and freedom of the press (really, of the Constitution in general – I keep a copy in my purse), I know that Franklin Graham has every right to come to my state and preach his poison. But I also have every right to show up with a posterboard sign to make a counterpoint.
No hate. No fear. There’s nothing wrong with being queer.

By Victoria Hugo-Vidal is a Maine millennial. 
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April 30, 2019

Mormon Student Comes Out During Valedictory: ‘IAM Proud To Be a Gay Son Of God'

April 25, 2019

Nederland's Trying to Keep “God Burn the Gays” Preacher Away

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 The stain you see on the Reverends' forehead is the blood you see and is from someone who got offended by his offensive speech who jolted him a couple of times. We covered this and posted the pics or vids about 3 yrs ago. Well, this guy must have something in his inner him that connects him to gays and he doesn't go asking for food for starving children but death to gays.
 Campaign group COC Nederland has called on junior justice minister Mark Harbers to ban controversial American preacher Steven Anderson from coming to the Netherlands to ‘win souls’ next month. COC, which campaigns for LGBT rights, says Anderson should be banned for inciting hatred against gay and transgender people. 

He has, for example, said that LGBT stands for ‘let God burn them’ and in 2016 said the death of 50 people in a gay bar attack was ‘good news’ because ‘there are fifty fewer pedophiles in this world’

The COC says Harbers should declare Anderson persona non grata in the Netherlands because his presence would form a danger to public order. The organization has also urged Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema to take action. 

PvdA MP Kirsten van den Hul and VVD MP Dilan Yesilgoz have also raised the issue in parliament. As far as the VVD is concerned ‘he has no reason to visit the Netherlands,’ Yesilgoz said on Twitter. Anderson, who has been banned from the UK, plans to visit Amsterdam on May 23 to do some ‘soul winning’, to preach and to ‘try to baptise’ people. He is also visiting Dublin and Sweden. He was earlier banned from South Africa, Botswana and Jamaica.

March 2, 2019

Walmart Features Gay Couple on Date But The *AFA Has Raised Hell and Built a Backlash Against The Company

The American Family Association has petitioned against Walmart’s promotional video featuring a gay couple. (Photo: Walmart via Facebook)

The American Family Association has petitioned against Walmart’s promotional video featuring a gay couple. (Photo: Walmart via Facebook)
*The American Family Association is taking aim at Walmart after the superstore released a promotional video featuring two gay men.

After the company produced the second episode of a series called “Love is in the aisle: A dating show at Walmart,” which follows couples going on blind dates through Walmarts across the country, AFA president Tim Wildmon called on people to ask Walmart to remove it.

“It’s clear that Walmart is on the path of elevating homosexual relationships to the same level as the male-female model of marriage,” a post on the AFA site reads. “We have no choice but to ask our supporters to let the company know how they, the customers, feel about Walmart’s shift away from neutrality on this controversial issue to full support for same-sex relationships.”

The post goes on to explain the “betrayal” that the AFA feels, saying it would expect this from a company like Amazon that has been “liberal from the outset.”

“This seems more like a betrayal from a well-known friend. Sam Walton is probably turning over in his grave,” the post reads.

The AFA included a petition asking Walmart to go “back to its founding principles” and “remain neutral on the controversial issue of homosexuality.”

Many of the comments on Walmart’s Facebook video, however, are from people praising the store for the representation of a gay couple.

“Love this acceptance, keep it up!!!!” one person wrote. Another joked, “I don’t think Walmart is a great choice for a date, but the couple is super cute!!”

Neither the AFA nor Walmart has responded to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment.

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January 6, 2019

Pastor Donnie Romero: Celebrated Massacre of 49 people at a Church, Dirty Fag*ts Snatch our Children

BY Hermant Mehta

Pastor Donnie Romero of Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas is one of those “independent fundamental Baptist” preachers better known for spewing hate than teaching people to act like Jesus. Or at least he was a pastor at that church.
He resigned this week saying he’s been a “terrible husband and father.”
That’s… vague. But in a follow-up video, Steven Anderson, his colleague in Christian cruelty who also ordained him, Romero is no longer a pastor because he’s guilty of “being with prostitutes,” using marijuana, and gambling.
The reason these revelations ought to be discussed publicly — even though they are very much private matters and even though people may disagree on how seriously to take each of those “sins” — is that Romero has become infamous for his demonization of LGBTQ people as if they were the real sinners in society. 
In 2014, for example, Romero claimed that all “dirty faggots” want to “snatch your children” to “hurt and rape them.” He said in the same sermon that gay people should be put to death because the Bible says they’re filthy.  
Romero also celebrated the massacre of 49 people at Pulse nightclub in 2016 with a sermon declaring “the earth is a little bit better place now.”
I’ll pray that God will finish the job that that man started, and he will end their life, and by tomorrow morning they will all be burning in hell, just like the rest of them, so that they don’t get any more opportunity to go out and to hurt little children.
Considering how little the Bible actually says about gay people and how much he was able to extrapolate from it, one might think the sins of sexual affairs, drug use, and gambling would be even bigger deals… but in the cult he managed, calling for the execution of gay people is simply what God commands, while smoking pot is unforgivable. #IFBLogic.
No one should be surprised by this. We’re used to Christian hypocrisy. The only surprising thing, to me, is that his alleged sins didn’t involve being with another guy — the people who protest homosexuality the loudest are frequently the ones who are most closeted.
The Star-Telegram notes that Romero hasn’t been charged with any crimes. For now, all of these allegations are just in-house. But this would hardly be news in the IFB world, where hypocrisy and misconduct are part of the game.
Star-Telegram investigation published in December discovered at least 412 allegations of sexual misconduct in 187 independent fundamental Baptist churches and their affiliated institutions, spanning 40 states and Canada.
For now, the hate group is known as Romero’s church still has his pastor profile up on their website

December 3, 2018

Mile Pence Seems to Hate AIDS and The One Affected By It {There Was a President Who Would Not Mention AIDS and delay Treatment for a Year

YES PAPI GIVE ME YOUR LOVE and show me your empty heart full of dogma and ideas of Christ who Love us and gives you love to love us. In The Case of the of the Catholic church and contrary to it who hates the Sin but not the Sinner, Pence hates AIDS and the Homosexual but how about the one with AIDS and Heterosexual?? Adam🦊

Yesterday, in a speech given in advance of World AIDS Day, Vice President Mike Pence didn’t bother mentioning LGBTQ victims of the epidemic. Given what we know of Pence and his anti-gay Christian values, we can’t even call that hypocrisy, much less an oversight. It’s right in line with his character.
The neglect, however, is worth bringing up since conservatives and faith-based groups were the ones who looked the other way while LGBTQ people suffered.
Pink News reports:
Thousands of men who have sex with men lost their lives in the AIDS crisis, with homophobic stigma fuelling social and political rejection on the issue.
Pence failed to wear an AIDS ribbon for the speech and also failed to mention gay people or homophobia.
Instead, Pence recalled stories of straight people who contracted HIV/AIDS from contaminated blood and other sources.
Pence also pledged new funding to “faith-based organisations” who he claims are on “the frontline against HIV/AIDS.”
That makes as much sense as a future headline all about how evangelicals led the way in the struggle to achieve civil rights for LGBTQ people. They were, historically speaking, the obstacle, no matter what they’re doing about it now. 
It’s not the first time that Pence has made a mess of HIV prevention activism: As a congressman back in 2002, Pence condemned condom use as a means to prevent STDs, claiming they were in fact “poor protection,” a statement that contradicts virtually every study on the subject. He also insisted that abstinence was the best means of HIV prevention… which, while technically true, avoided reality. (You can also avoid gun violence by never leaving your bedroom. That doesn’t make it good advice.)
As governor of Indiana, Pence also cut funding for HIV testing and banned needle exchanges, resulting in a predictable — and highly preventable — HIV/AIDS outbreak: the largest in the state’s history.
But what else would you expect when toxic ideology is held to be more important than the facts?
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