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Ron Paul Endorsed by Preacher Who Advocates Death Penalty for Gays

Ron Paul Endorsed by Preacher Who Advocates Death Penalty for Gays

 

Written by Igor Volsky

Ron Paul has developed a “live and let live” approach to same-sex marriage and gay rights on the campaign trail, but his efforts to attract Evangelical voters ahead of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses have revealed, a darker social conservative side to the libertarian Republican from Texas. For instance, earlier this week, the Paul campaign touted the endorsement of Reverend Phillip Kayser, pastor of Dominion Covenant Church in Omaha, Nebraska, for the “enlightening statements he makes on how Ron Paul’s approach to government is consistent with Christian beliefs.” Kayser has previously argued that the Bible justifies capital punishment against gay people — and still stands by this belief:

“Difficulty in implementing Biblical law does not make non-Biblical penology just,” he argued. “But as we have seen, while many homosexuals would be executed, the threat of capital punishment can be restorative. Biblical law would recognize as a matter of justice that even if this law could be enforced today, homosexuals could not be prosecuted for something that was done before.”

Reached by phone, Kayser confirmed to TPM that he believed in reinstating Biblical punishments for homosexuals — including the death penalty — even if he didn’t see much hope for it happening anytime soon. While he said he and Paul disagree on gay rights, noting that Paul recently voted for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he supported the campaign because he believed Paul’s federalist take on the Constitution would allow states more latitude to implement fundamentalist law. Especially since under Kayser’s own interpretation of the Constitution there is no separation of Church and State.

Paul has since stripped the press release announcing Kayser’s endorsement from its site, but Kayser is not the only anti-gay supporter to join the campaign. Mike Heath, formerly of the Maine Family Policy Council and American Family Association, came on board earlier this month to run church outreach. Heath has suggested that gay marriage was to blame for Maine’s “endless rain and gloom,” writing, “Our leaders allowed a cloud of error to hide the light of reason, and then the rain began.” In 2004, he embarked on a witch hunt against gay members of the Maine legislature, asking supporters, to “e-mail us tips, rumors, speculation and facts” regarding the sexual orientation of the state’s political leaders.”

Paul’s old newsletters from the late 1980s and 1990s have described HIV/AIDS as a gay disease and Paul himself refused to use the bathroom in the the house of a gay supporter. As longtime Paul aide Eric Dondero has revealed, Paul is “personally uncomfortable around homosexuals, no different from a lot of older folks of his era.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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1:50AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

If Dr. Paul is the best we got ... ring .... ring ... Dr. Kevorkian

1:25AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Well, I'll vote for the best chance we have of preventing that war with Iran, of which I've been hearing the drum beats for, for quite sometime. At least with The Doctor, it will not happen without a Declaration of War by Congress.-I don't think anyone could doubt that.

6:25PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

This is the best example for Shameless, most stupid facts that that people consider when choosing their leader.

Please people, try to consider...

01 vision
02 philosophy
03 intelligence
04 love and humanity
05 honesty
06 past life
07 common sense
08 peacefulness

When you r going to vote for a leader.

YOUR VOTE NOT FUNNY !! OR ITS NOT A STORY ABOUT GAYS !!

10:05PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

So who is Charles Manson endorsing this year?

9:48PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Space cadets marching in lockstep trying to get a loser the nomination...

2:48AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Whatever your opinion on Ron Paul and what he stands for, this is a highly recommended article you should read: http://www.secretsun.blogspot.com

2:56AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

I can Imagine Kucinch and Nader in any Cabinet. Nader could give us maybe 3-1, and Kucinich 2-1. They both like Paul.

I heard Paul's speech after his 3rd place in I-owe-wa? He was saying that whether he gets the nomination or not, the 2 issues our slave owning 3rd Prez, feared would ruin the Nation, are going to go on. Then he put on a Vet from Iraq who had been cut off on CNN right as he stated Paul's views on Foreign Policy & Israel were a 100% correct. As Arlo Guthrie said about OWS ''Resistance is futile.''

6:29PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Steven B.,
Another somewhat similar and appropriate quote about insanity to back yours up and apply to Ron Paul's pitches and perhaps his followers as well:

"What is madness? To have erroneous perceptions and to reason correctly from them". --Voltaire

5:55PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Yes Michael we have to fix the parts of our system that are broken but that does not mean tearing down 245 years of American growth to do it. You don't tear out a house's entire plumbing system just to fix a leaking faucet. Ron Paul has the gift of gab telling the uneducated just enough to raise the fear level and then some vague gibberish about how he and only can fix it, he is a washed up has been who is so enamored with himself he keeps inserting himself into the Presidential politics even though he consistently loses. You know what they say about the true meaning of insanity... it is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results and the fruit did not fall far from the tree in Rand Paul either. No matter what Ayn Rand thought, America does not need a Howard Roarke as president...

3:44PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

What do you expect? That's who RP is. No suprises here.

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