A Preacher Gives a Familiar Speech Against Gay Rights, but With a Surprising Twist

A video from an August city council meeting in Springfield, Missouri has been making the rounds on the interwebs.  

It features Rev. Phil Snider of the Brentwood Christian Church. He begins with some rhetoric we’ve heard before about how letting a dude marry another dude is going to bring on the End of Days… but you’ll want to stick around for the surprise ending:

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***Update***: Here’s a transcript of Snider’s speech, courtesy of WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com:

Good evening, my name is the Reverend Dr. Phil Snider. I was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. And I stand before you this evening in support of this ordinance.

I worry about the future of our city. Any accurate reading of the bible should make it clear that gay rights goes against the plain truth of the word of god. As one preacher warns, man and overstepping the boundary lines god has drawn by making special rights for gays and lesbians has taken another step in the direction of inviting the judgment of god upon our land.

This step of gay rights is but another stepping stone toward the immorality and lawlessness that will be characteristic of the last days.

This ordinance represents a denial of all that we believe in and no one should force it on us. It’s not that we don’t care about homosexuals. But it’s that our rights will be taken away, and unchristian views will be forced on us and our children. For we would be forced to go against our personal morals. Outside government agents are endeavoring to disturb god’s established order. It is not in line with the bible – do not let people lead you astray.

The liberals leading this movement do not believe in the bible any longer. But every good, substantial, bible believing, intelligent, orthodox christian can read the word of god and know what is happening is not of god. When you run into conflict with god’s established order you have trouble. You do not produce harmony. You produce destruction and trouble and our city is in the greatest danger that it has have ever been in, in its history. The reason is that we have gotten away from the bible of our forefathers.

You see the right of segregation I’m sorry, hold on.

The right of segregation… is clearly established by the holy scriptures, both by precept and example.

I’m sorry I brought the wrong notes with me this evening. I borrowed my argument from the wrong century. It turns out what I’ve been reading to you this whole time are direct quotes from white preachers from the 1950s and 1960s, all in support of racial segregation. All I have done is simply taken out the phrase racial integration and substituted with the phrase gay rights.

I guess the arguments I’ve been hearing around Springfield lately sounded so similar to these that I got them confused. I hope you will not make the same mistake. I hope you will stand on the right side of history. Thank you.

(Via Gawker)

About Jessica Bluemke

Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a BA in Literature. She currently works as a writer and resides on the North side of Chicago.

  • Lijdavre
  • Glasofruix

    This guy has some quality balls.

  • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

    I wish somebody would explain the ending, instead of just saying “twist ending”, “surprise ending”, “wait until the end!”, etc. Most of the time I can’t view videos and would like to read about it instead. Anybody?

  • Coyotenose

    *spends several minutes gaping, even with the “surprise ending” warning*

  • Adam Thorn

    Short version- Guy gives a speech about gay rights affecting christians and the usual babble then starts to talk about segregation and makes a point about his speech being the same preachers used 50 years ago against interracial marriage.

    Basically preacher supporting gay marriage. 

  • Tony Miller

    He is speaking on how LGBT rights will bring doom and gloom to the city. How it is a violation of god’s word. How it removes the rights of christians. The usual rhetoric. He wraps up by saying that allowing racial integration would… racial integration? He points out he was reading direct quotes from white preachers in the 50′s & 60′s opposing racial integration and that it is so similar to what he has been hearing recently he thought it was the same thing. He doesn’t want the law makers to make the same mistake and wants them to come down on the right side. In other words, he supports gay rights.

  • RobMcCune

     Tony Miller’s comment gives a good recap, essentially there’s a point where he reads “racial integration” instead of “gay rights” and then the tone of the speech changes. If you can find a way to watch it I highly recommend it.

  • Ilovesappylines

    Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. 

  • machintelligence

    The sarcasm apparently went right over the heads of the audience.

  • Mumbo Jumbo

    Unfortunately, I think his method was too subtle for the
    morons it was supposed to reach.  

  • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

    Nicely done, sir.

  • Devin Sexson

    I had used the exact same tactic on some fundies. You are absolutely right. 

    ——> The point. 

    ——-> Their heads.

    People who have, for years, been trained like bad dogs not to think will do a splendid job of not thinking. 

  • Aljaž Kozina

    If this speech reached even one of them, it still did it’s job. But I still agree with you.

  • Helanna

    Very powerful. It’s one thing to point out that anti-gay rights arguments sound a lot like arguments for segregation, but I think it really hits the point home when it comes from a stereotypical preacher, giving the exact arguments that anti-gay *and* anti-segregation people have actually used. 

  • Deven Kale


  • Hello

    I’d love to take some fundies and personally see to it that they never marry the person they love and I would also like to keep them in separate seats and far away from all intelligent people– just to see how they like unequal rights directed at them. These selfish, brainless hogs could take some lessons from the philosopher they claim is divine– you know, the ones who talked about love so much… what was his name… jesus or something?

  • RobMcCune

     *Diagram not to scale.

  • amycas

    That was amazing!

  • cipher

    A very brave young man. It can’t be easy to make a public statement of that nature in Missouri.

  • Levon Mkrtchyan

    Restores some of the faith in humanity that the campaign season has been making me lose.

  • Drew M.