I’ve long said that state legislatures are where you find the serious whackos in politics, a problem that got far worse in the 2010 election when so many Tea Partiers got elected. Mississippi state Rep. Andy Gipson came out on his Facebook page and directly cited the Bible verse calling for gay people to be stoned to death:
“Been a lot of press on Obama’s opinion on “homosexual marriage.” The only opinion that counts is God’s: see Romans 1:26-28 and Leviticus 20:13. Anyway you slice it, it is sin. Not to mention horrific social policy.” …
According to Leviticus 20:13, “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
When challenged on this, he posted another message refusing to apologize:
“To be clear, I want the world to know that I do not, cannot, and will not apologize for the inspired truth of God’s Word. It is one thing that will never “change.” Anyone who knows me knows I also believe that all people are created in God’s image, and that all people are loved by God, so much so that He gave us the truth of His Word which convicts us of the reality and guilt of our sin, and He gave us His Son Jesus who paid the full penalty for all our sins, by His grace through our faith in Him as we repent of our sin. John 3:16. It is this message that I preach every Sunday. I sincerely pray God will reach someone through this message.”
Yeah, all people are loved by God! That’s why he commands his followers to stone gay people. Because it’s so loving. He then deleted all the previous responses and put up this one:
Well it’s been an interesting day to say the least. Here at home I’ve received several threats in one day, to me personally, via email and on the phone, and at least one apparent death-threat left on the answering machine to my whole family. Apparently the Huffington Post (a California-based liberal blog) ran an article falsely stating or implying that my facebook post citing Leviticus 20:13 was to “suggest” that gay people should be put to death. I reject and resent that accusation; I have NEVER condoned or requested the killing of ANY PERSON. I believe all are created in the image of God, and one of the 10 Commandments is “Thou shalt not murder.” What I did intend and did say is that the Bible clearly defines homosexual conduct as morally wrong – a sin. I cited this and another scripture for the purpose of pointing out that the conduct is sin, in defense of my stance against same-sex marriage. What I find amazing is that the same people asserting the virtue of “tolerance” will tolerate all views except the view of Scripture – and, as evidenced today, will call and threaten me for referring to a Bible passage! Of course, we are all sinners, all in need of God’s grace. Only Jesus Christ can provide the grace we all need, including the folks who left those hateful messages on my answering machine. I pray for them that they would see and understand the truth.
It should go without saying that no one should threaten this man in any way other than politically, at the ballot box (though the asshole in me wants to say “well now you know how so many gay people feel when you cite the Bible calling for them to be killed”). But notice the huge internal contradiction in his religious beliefs, which he obviously doesn’t notice. He cites a verse directly calling for people to be murdered, then he says that the Ten Commandments condemns murder. So which one is true? They can’t both be true in the sense that he is using them because he’s obviously trying to use the prohibition on murder as evidence that he couldn’t have been calling for anyone to be killed. But the Bible verse, and many others like it, clearly does call for people to be killed. So as he himself is interpreting them, there’s an obvious contradiction between those verses.