… 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!
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Evangelical churches today can be found in almost every neighborhood in Latin America — and they are transforming politics like no other force. They are giving conservative causes, and especially political parties, new strength and new constituencies.
In Latin America, Christianity used to be associated with Roman Catholicism. The church held a near monopoly on religion until the 1980s. The only challenge to Catholicism was anticlericalism and atheism. There has never been another religion. Until now.
Evangelicals today account for almost 20 percent of the population in Latin America, up from 3 percent three decades ago. In a few Central American countries, evangelicals are near majorities.
Evangelical pastors embrace varied ideologies, but when it comes to gender and sexuality, their values are typically conservative, patriarchal and homophobic. They expect women to be completely submissive to their evangelical husbands. And in every country in the region, they have taken the strongest stands against gay rights.
The rise of evangelicalism is politically worrisome. Evangelicals are fueling a new form of populism. They are supplying conservative parties with nonelite voters, which is good for democracy, but these voters tend to be intransigent on issues of sexuality, which feeds cultural polarization. Intolerant inclusion, which is the classic Latin American populist formula, is being reinvented by evangelical pastors.