How Richard Land ‘Loves’ Gay People

Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention went on the Family Research Council’s radio show to talk with Jerry Boykin about how gay people are pawns of Satan and that Christians love them so much that they have to tell them that to save them from hell.

Land added that the Religious Right’s opponents are pawns of Satan who need deliverance: “We do need to pray for our enemies, those that oppose us, because they’re victims. Our enemy is the Devil, our enemy is that old lion that walks about seeking whom he may devour and who is the god of this age and the prince of the power of the air and he has these people in their thrall.”

The same goes for gay rights advocates who criticized the charity World Vision for reversing its policy on married gay employees, he said.

“It’s not that we hate gays, it’s that we love scripture and love gays enough to tell them what the truth is,” Land said. “And the truth is that God does not condone same-sex sexual relations, period. They are an abomination to him and if we really love these people we are going to tell them the truth.”

Dan Fincke commented a few days ago on Facebook about this claim:

The Christians who think that “loving” their enemies consists wholly of making efforts to woo them into being Christians remind me of Homer Simpson, whose idea of a gift for Marge was a bowling ball. With the name Homer on it.

Yep.

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  • matty1

    I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt here. If you really think you can save someone from endless torture then I can see why you would regard that as a loving act.

  • Sastra

    They are an abomination to him and if we really love these people we are going to tell them the truth.”

    The frightening thing about this is that it’s the truth. That is, IF gay people are indeed an abomination to God and their repentance will bring them thankfully back into the light of Truth and Love which is their heart’s desire, then what these Christians are doing WOULD BE a compassionate act. Change the nature of the situation by adding in all sort of different facts and morality flips on its head. Oh, love is still love. It’s just that the imperatives change.

    Emotion is a powerful weapon – but it also makes a powerful opponent. Appeals to ‘be more loving’ won’t get anywhere if the framework on how to interpret that is distorted. A nice, warm, kind-hearted person will work hard to love the sinner, hate the sin and will have a hard time seeing any contradiction. God lifts you up so that you see the big picture which other people will miss.

    Push comes to shove, establishing reason and the common ground AS common ground is maybe not the only step, but I think it’s the most important one.

  • busterggi

    The devil is the god of this age?

    So much for monotheism.

  • D. C. Sessions

    There is nothing that expresses this traditional Christian love more than auto-da-fé.

  • John Pieret

    “It’s not that we hate gays, it’s that we love scripture and love gays enough to tell them what the truth is,” Land said.

    If you love scripture so much, why aren’t stoning gays to death? After all, didn’t Jesus say: “Let he who hast the most love cast the first stone” … or something …

  • rikitiki

    Yeah, my fundamentalist wingnut older sister used that,

    “Jesus said: ‘love the sinner, hate the sin'” on me last

    time we spoke on the phone. She wasn’t real happy

    when I pointed out that Jesus never said that.

    Then I asked when she’d become a Hindu? That had

    her going, “Whaa?!” Then I informed her to look up

    the “love the sinner, hate the sin” quote since that

    was said by Ghandi, so I just assumed she was now

    Hindu since that’s who she was quoting.

  • rikitiki

    Yeah, have fun with the X-tians. (see my last message) Once

    they use that “love the sinner, hate the sin”, ask when did they

    become a Hindu. After the shock of that, ask: Well, if you’re

    not a Hindu, why are you (supposedly) basing your morality

    on a quote from one?

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    You’d think they’d get tired of God being a lazybones and tell him to do his own warning. It certainly would be more convincing that a bunch of yapping twits.

  • cptdoom

    Bloody Mary loved Protestants so much she burned some of them prove it. Is that the kind of love to which Land refers?

  • eric

    “And the truth is that God does not condone same-sex sexual relations, period. They are an abomination to him and if we really love these people we are going to tell them the truth.”

    Pretty much everyone in the country is defending your right to speak that opinion from the pulpit. The issue is whether same sex marriage should be legal. And “my god hates gay relationships” is not a legitimate reason to prevent that.

  • dingojack

    The issue is not whether marriage equality should be legal, rather, is there any compelling state’s reason(s) why it should not be legal*.

    Dingo

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    * answer: no, no there isn’t.