Staver: I’m Not a Hater, I’m Like Jesus

Nothing infuriates Christian right bigots more than calling them bigots. In the grand tradition of “I don’t hate black people, I just don’t want them anywhere near me” they say “I don’t hate gay people, I just demand that we oppress them and discriminate against them.” And this apparently makes them just like Jesus. Right, Mat Staver?

Staver fumed that he is being attacked merely for believing “in God’s natural created order of male and and female and marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

“For me believing in something that is that obvious,” he complained, “I am considered by some groups to be a hater. But I hate no one. I hate no one, but I believe in God’s truth and I will not be silent in the face of intimidation.”

In an effort to prove that he is not an extremist, Staver then went on to liken himself to Jesus when he turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple before declaring that marriage equality teaches that children do not need mothers or fathers.

“That is an absolute lie from the very pit of Hell,” he said.

From the very pit of hell! What an odd claim. Does he think lies actually exist in the real world as objects and they’re stored in the “pit of hell” to be retrieved and sent to earth when requested?

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  • John Pieret

    So, when someone calls you a bigot for trying to deny LGBT people the rights, privileges and responsibilities that straight people get when they marry … automatic inheritance, tax breaks, the power to make medical decisions for a spouse or children, healthcare coverage under a spouse’s policy, etc., etc. … that’s intimidation but when you say gays are all pedophiles, that they are poor parents, that they should be imprisoned or worse around the world, that’s … what? … “love”?

  • Mike Morris

    Of course Staver is a hater. He hates many things, groups and individuals. All as a result of his interpretation of a book written so long ago he has no clear source for the authors or their intent.

    I think he must experience a bit of self-hating as well. Assholes rarely love themselves for their behavior. I suspect he loves the money however…

  • Alverant

    He reminds me of one commenter on Chicago Sun Times before they took down the comments. He insisted his hateful and bigoted comments about homosexuals weren’t hateful and bigoted because they come from God, as if wrapping them up in his religion somehow made it OK.

  • Chiroptera

    In an effort to prove that he is not an extremist, Staver then went on to liken himself to Jesus when he turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple before declaring that marriage equality teaches that children do not need mothers or fathers.

    You want to know what Jesus didn’t do? Lobby to make money changing illegal in the entire Empire.

    To be like Jesus, all you need to do is overturn the gay tables in your own church.

  • raven

    Fundie xianity is based on pure, raw hate. This has been known for a century.

    If you took the hate out of fundie-ism, there wouldn’t be enough left to bury in a matchbox.

  • Michael Heath

    Conservative Christians argue their moral paradigm is credible simply because it’s their holy dogma. The Bible can’t withstand scrutiny when it comes to either its factual assertions or its moral edicts. That in turn causes their religion to thrive only if it’s populated with authoritarians and they enjoy privileges not shared by all.

    That’s ironic because no one in the U.S. argues more vehemently they “know” what is objectively true, while in turn energetically avoiding scrutiny for their claims and positions. This is how you get YECs, AGW denialists, advocates for faith rather than fact-derived conclusions, or economic policy arguments that are demonstrably contractionary while simultaneously claiming they’re pro-growth.

  • eric

    Staver fumed that he is being attacked merely for believing “in God’s natural created order of male and and female and marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

    Nobody is attacking you for believing it. They are attacking you for wanting to impose that belief on other people.

  • Mobius

    Obviously, Staver hasn’t read the Bible. King Solomon proves that God’s idea is that marriage is between one man and one thousand women.

  • John Pieret

    Staver then went on to liken himself to Jesus when he turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple

    You mean the time when Jesus attacked people just trying to make a living in the good-ol’ capitalist way?

    Commie!

  • bmiller

    Well, since Christianity is based on the mad ravings of a wandering cult leader, of course it is hateful. (I know there are good people who cherry pick the religion to find the good parts, but that is largely because they are good people, not because the religion is good in any way).