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‘Gays Will Burn Christians at the Stake’ Says Pastor

‘Gays Will Burn Christians at the Stake’ Says Pastor

Pastor Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio has decided to take a stand against the supposed evils of Colorado’s civil unions bill, warning that it will lead to legalized man/boy love and will result in gays burning Christians at the stake.

Frothed Swanson on his show this week (h/t Right Wing Watch which has the audio):

You need to understand the agenda here. What’s happening is they want homosexuals to be able to be involved in adoption and foster care as much anybody else. So picture a nice little homeschool family, just trying to do the right thing. An anonymous tip comes in, social services swoops in, they grab the kids in the year 2022 and the kids get remanded into a home with homosexuals and these particular homosexuals happen to be tied into NAMBLA and other things. You know what’s going to happen. There will be proper indoctrination into a certain kind of worldview, shall we say.


Yeah. It’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy. And I think there are a lot of concerned parents. There are concerned Catholic parents. There are concerned homeschool parents. And especially when you get a Regnerus study that comes out and says they’re ten times more likely to be touched sexually by a parent in a homosexual home than, you know, the normal American secular home. Wow. That’s frightening.

You’ll note Pastor Swanson also took time to cite the widely discredited propagandist Regnerus study which claimed to show having gay parents is bad for children; the faults with the methodology of the study have already been shown in great detail, but needless to say these claims are not supported by creditable research — yet the Religious Right continues to cite the study anyway, as they do their concerns over NAMBLA, the fringe association that for one brief moment at the conception of America’s gay rights movement tried to push for pederasty to be legalized.

NAMBLA today is little more than a few people and a postal address. Yet, apparently, this is the start of the revolution.

Swanson goes on to disgrace himself by butchering history: that gays felled the Roman Empire — apparently Pastor Swanson knows something history scholars don’t — and that a hundred years ago there were apparently only three homosexuals in existence (but what homosexuals they were!):

Just remember about 100 years ago, you had three homosexuals in the world as far as anybody really knew. There was a Canadian named Robert Ross, an Englishman named Oscar Wilde, an American named Walt Whitman. They led the charge in the early 1900′s and wound up in and out of the prison system and in court and so forth for a period of time. And again, there was only about three that anybody knew of and it was hardly anything that was mentioned among the established world at that time, that is in Europe, Canada and America. But you did have those three men, as far as history bears out, Robert Ross, Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman were well-known for some level of homosexual activity, although they could not call themselves homosexuals at that time.

Swanson proceeds to blather that now the problem is “10,000 times if not 100,000 times worse.” Then he goes for the jugular of all those soft Christians out there who are, shock, accepting the reality of civil same-sex marriage:

Today, it might be a little different because you have a lot of quote-unquote apostate Christian churches that have adopted homosexuality and they will do their best to burn Christians at the stake or do what Nero did, I’m sure, in the years to come, because that’s sort of the history of homosexuals and what they have done ever since they were banging on the doors outside of Lot’s house.

Perhaps Swanson’s adducing of Lot in his little morality tale isn’t all that wise given how quick Lot was to offer up his virgin daughters to the rowdy mob at his door or, for that matter, how said daughters finally lost their virginity.

You may be forgiven for thinking this kind of ridiculous bleating means that the Colorado civil unions bill is in trouble, but there is actually reason to be very optimistic.

Colorado’s Senate Appropriations Committee this week passed the bill by a vote of 4-3. It now heads to a full floor vote where it is believed there is support enough to pass the legislation.

The real test will be the House where, as in previous years, opposition forces are already carping the bill that will lead to the persecution of Christians — that’s not in the text, though, in case you were wondering.

However, while in 2012 Republicans were able to mount an unprecedented procedural move that saw them close down the chamber so they didn’t have to debate the bill, this year’s reformed House sees Republican power heavily curtailed by a Democratic majority.

Governor John W. Hickenlooper has openly backed the bill and therefore it could become law as early as May of this year.

A 2006 voter approved constitutional amendment, known as Amendment 43, bans the recognition of same-sex marriage, however the text of the amendment did not prevent substantially similar institutions like civil unions.

There’s also the positive news that 17-year-old Zoe Mandelski filed on January 28 a proposal with the nonpartisan Legislative Council to begin the process of a referendum on legalizing marriage equality. The Legislative Council will hear the proposal on Monday, February 11.


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8:17AM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Swanson is clearly a nut job...the sad thing is that some people will think he knows what he is talking about.
Can't send you a star, so soon, Lynn S., sorry.

11:02PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

"You know what’s going to happen. There will be proper indoctrination into a certain kind of worldview, shall we say."

I find this statement of Swanson's to be particularly amusing because THAT is exactly what he is proposing --- indoctrinating people into HIS view of life and marriage.

And gays burning Christians at the stake? If, and I say IF, that ever happened, it would not be true Christians that actually practice Jesus' teaching of "love your neighbour", but the fanatical evangelical right-wing nut pseudo christians that would be burned at the stake.

Swanson and his ilk need to be silenced. Take his microphone away from him.

3:13PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

After reading some of the comments it is very understandable as to why "bullying" is such a problem.


4:08AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

There are idiots everywhere.

12:10AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

This is almost laughable if it wasn't so offensive. 100 years ago there were only 3 gay men in the entire established world of Europe Canada and America ? And he has a radio show ?

6:12AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thanks for posting

8:46PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Greg X: You, like King James himself, appear to be BI-sexual. Congratulations!

King James, of the Bible fame, was in his time, a NOTORIOUS homosexual. He got his Queen pregnant and carried on the Royal Line, as is the duty of Kings and their Queens.
However, he was well-known for his Royal "favorites", read, "male lovers". And, he is certainly not the only English king who was Gay. King James was also a devout Christian who called together the scholars to re-make the Bible according to the best translations available in that day. {Translations which in some cases, have been superceded and improved upon since.}

The St. Augustinian concept of "Sin" and "Sex being Sinful" is ridiculous. Nobody has to accept that. Hurting people is bad. Sex properly used, doesn't hurt people. Sex ENHANCES life. Gay sex is not bad in itself. Done right, it need not hurt anybody. The whole concept of "Sin" and "Sinfulness" was just a construct of rulers to keep the peasants in line and in superstitious obedience and fear... of the Wrath of God if not of the King's soldiers and police...

6:21PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

I used to be gay, but over SEVEN years ago Jesus set me FREE! I am now free from the sin of homosexuality. Marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman according to the King James Bible (Genesis 2:24) so I am now married and my wife is pregnant by me. What's really cool is that now my life is not focused on "ME" I actually think about other's. More to the point, it's not about "ME" at all it's ALL about JESUS CHRIST! Jesus is Lord!!

4:47PM PST on Feb 10, 2013


Marisa, how dare YOU say that I defend pedophiles and rapists and their protectors. I have clearly stated what they did was heinous and I have condemned the Church and its various dioceses for covering up what went on. If you or anybody else claims anything different, you're either lying outright to sensationalize your post or you're an illiterate fool. But you wouldn't be on here if you were illiterate, would you. You do the math.

I didn't say "a few." I said "a fraction." Those words have VERY different meanings.

Now you're not going to post anymore because there's nobody with whom you can have a reasonable conversation and nobody wants to study history or analyze anything. Sux to be you. Perhaps if you behaved reasonably people would react in kind. But continuous bragging about how well you analyze everything for yourself and therefore have all the right answers ... do you not have any idea how pompous that sounds? Then it turns out your "analyzing" is seriously flawed, if it can be called analyzing. Well ...

4:28PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

You can come down of that high horse, Marisa. YOU are the one who provided the link to that site as THE proof of how pagan the Vatican was and the truth about Catholics. So you've only yourself to blame if anyone thinks you've "analyzed" the site for its credibility. Guess you aren't as thorough as you'd like us to believe. Does "analyze" mean "agrees with my interpretation" I would never cite or quote a page from a site that I was so desperate to make clear that I am not in agreement with. And I recognized many of the things you wrote as being straight off that page, Marisa. So does this mean its okay for you to believe and quote the literature of a site you seem to despise, but if anybody is still a Catholic then they obviously support(ed) the travesty of abuse and collusion that allowed it to continue?

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