Obnoxious but popular evangelist Josh Feuerstein issues a horrifying call to arms via Facebook, asking Christians to join him in fighting gay rights with guns.
In a video rant issued on Facebook earlier this month Feuerstein can be seen brandishing a semiautomatic assault rifle and calling on his 1.6 million followers to fight for their supposed First Amendment right to discriminate against LGBT people by invoking their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
In the video, which has been viewed more than 5.2 million times since it was posted on Facebook July 9, Feuerstein claims the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide is “not about equal rights” but “about reconstitutionalizing (sic) a term so that now it opens up the door for the left and the liberals to come after Christianity.”
Feuerstein rants about supposed Christian persecution while making gross factual errors and telling inaccurate stories in a desperate attempt to show that Christians are suffering because LGBT people must be treated with respect and allowed to marry the people they love.
At one point in his obnoxious rant Feuerstein asks:
Why are we backing down to the government and not drawing a line in the sand? They’re coming after our First Amendment constitutional rights! Well, check this out, this is one pastor that will not bow. Why?
Because my First Amendment right is guaranteed by my Second Amendment right. Think about that, ladies and gentlemen.
Feuerstein goes on to tells his would-be army of Christian soldiers:
It’s time that we finally take a stand and say no more. We’re not backing up any further. We’re not going to allow a tyrannical government to come in and strip away our rights as Christians and try to demonize us so that they can make the Bible bigoted.
Feuerstein’s fear of making “the Bible bigoted” is a bit misplaced. The fact is the Bible is already bigoted. The bible is full of bigotry, misogyny, and all manner of immorality. This is a simple fact made apparent to anyone who has bothered to read the so-called “good book.”
More important, Feuerstein is dangerous. While he may not personally assault LGBT people with firearms, his rhetoric may encourage others to do so. The fact that his video is so popular, with over 5.2 million views, should concern all reasonable people.
While Feuerstein is entitled to his First Amendment right to free speech, at some point we must ask when does such extreme anti-gay bigotry in the name of the Christian religion become hate speech and an incitement to violence, mayhem, and murder.
Watch the obnoxious and horrifying video here.