Pastor Gives Anti-Gay Sermon at Georgia State House

The Georgia State House of Representatives is in the habit of inviting ministers to deliver “devotionals,” most of which, I’m sure, are bland and uninteresting. But the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention decided to use his to deliver a raging sermon demanding that the legislature deny “erotic liberty” to gay people.

The Rev. Bryant Wright, senior pastor at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, delivered the devotional Wednesday in the state House.

In that sermon aimed at lawmakers, Wright twice equated gay marriage to “erotic liberty.” Here’s a sampling of his message:

“It is just one example of what our culture is going to increasingly see as an issue of erotic liberty versus religious liberty,” Wright said. “We’re liable to see this with our military chaplains in the years ahead if they in good conscience believe they cannot perform same-sex weddings and could be kicked out of the military.”

That looming threat, he said, is a reminder of lawmakers’ role in making sure government is “protective of its citizens against evil and is working for the common good.”

Yeah, that would be a lie. The Pentagon has an explicit policy saying that chaplains are not required to perform same-sex marriages. And this is another reason why there should be no opening prayers or devotionals at a public legislative hearing.

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  • illdoittomorrow

    Silly gheys! Erotic liberty is for clergy, not you!

    Also, Erotic Liberty would make a great band name.

  • eric

    Meh. Erotic Liberty wasn’t as good as Erotic Liberty II: the second cumming.

  • U Frood

    I have no interest in entering a same sex marriage (I’m already married), but I’m firmly in support of erotic liberty. I demand that heterosexuals be given the same erotic liberty as homosexuals!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Thank goodness he stood up and said that there. Sure, it didn’t look like Georgia’s government was getting shaky on Protecting Marriage, but can we really take a chance? I hope his words shored up their resolve to keep marriage away from The Gays.

  • moarscienceplz

    Ooh! I hope a sculptor makes a Statue of Erotic Liberty!

    Give me your tied, your cuffed,

    Your naked masses yearning to breathe around a ball gag.

  • howardhershey

    A porn film should be made called “Erotic Liberty University”. All ‘amateur’ of course.

  • magistramarla

    Eric @ 2

    You owe me a new keyboard!

  • shadow

    A couple of questions:

    1> Do the taxpayers pay/donate to the person who delivers the devotional?

    2> Is it always a xtian who delivers said devotional?

    3> If #1 and #2 are yes, how is that constitutional?

  • anubisprime

    Thing is they get away with it time and time again.

    And they know they do and they take full advantage to wave their bigotry and hatreds under the guise of ‘devotional’ claptrap or ‘free speech’ on Fox network or a dozen other integrity lite programming and channels.

    Presumably this rhetoric was to circle jerk the legislature and get to pretend it is the flavor of the country.

    The legislature no doubt purred with righteous orgasmic revelation, it is nice being on the side of god…whatever side the priests and pastors deem that to be!

  • U Frood

    And then, once they get away with it long enough, they get to claim it’s traditional.

  • grumpyoldfart

    this is another reason why there should be no opening prayers or devotionals at a public legislative hearing

    They will continue for as long as America exists. There will never be enough American politicians with the courage to call a halt to those prayers. The hoi-poloi may sing about the land of the free and home of the brave, but cowardly politicians have been enslaved by lobbyists.

  • martinc

    shadow @ 8:

    2> Is it always a xtian who delivers said devotional?

    This looks like a case for … the Satanists!