Texas editor Phillip Hamilton exposed as a hateful bigot

Texas editor Phillip Hamilton exposed as a hateful bigot March 16, 2018

Back in 2015 a local Texas newspaper, The Olton Enterprise run by Phillip Hamilton and his wife Ursula, was named Business of the Year by the Olton Chamber of Commerce.
It was reported at the time that the newspaper:

Has served the community since Feb. 19, 1926. Through the years it has chronicled the best and worst times in the community, and recorded the weddings, births, deaths, tragedies and everything in between.

Well, the paper is back in the news – and not in a good way, because of the disgraceful way in which Hamilton censored the obituary of the mother of a gay man.
According to this report, Barry Giles and John Gambill, who have been together for 31 years, say Hamilton scrubbed references to Gambill after Giles’ mom died. The couple had included both their names in the obituary they sent to Giles’ hometown paper, writing:

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Barry Giles and his husband, John Gambill of Dallas.

The decision left the couple distraught. Giles said:

It wiped John completely off the picture like he didn’t exist. We’re human beings like anyone else. We have feelings. We have relationships, whether he agrees with them or not.

Gambill added:

She’s like my second mom, you know.

In a statement, Hamilton defended his decision to leave out Gambill’s name and relationship to Giles.

It is my religious conviction that a male cannot have a husband. It is also my belief that to publish anything contrary to God’s Word on this issue would be to publish something in the newspaper that is not true.
The newspaper’s decision to edit the obituary is both ethical and lawful. It would be unethical to publish a news item that is known by the editor to be false. Based on the truth found in the Word of God, I could not in good conscience identify Mr Gambill as the husband of Mr Giles.

According to this report, Giles’ mother, Brenda Light, died on February 14.
John Gambill and Barry Giles with Giles’ mother on vacation.
Gambill said he and his husband and mother-in-law traveled to Australia and New Zealand and sailed the Mediterranean together. In recent years, he said, his mother-in-law couldn’t bend down very well, so he’d run over to her house and scoop the litter box and plant flowers in the yard for her.

We spent holidays together. We did what a family would do.

Gambill is a funeral director and said one way to get fired quickly is to leave a loved one off of an obituary. He said:

That’s a big no-no.

So he called Hamilton and asked if he had received the full obituary. Hamilton said yes. Gambill then asked:

Why was my name cut out?

Hamilton replied:

Because I wanted to cut it out.

An article about Hamilton in the Southern Baptist Texan said the homophobic Hamilton was raised at First Baptist Church in Dallas and, in addition to owning the newspaper, he is the preacher at Bethel Baptist Church in Plainview, about 25 miles east of Olton.
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  • L.Long

    I’ve been told to stop calling people bigoted xtian aholes that are so deluded that st00pid cannot truly describe them. Well OK! As soon as they stop demonstrating this truth I will stop saying it!

  • Michael Glass

    Same sex marriage really is doing wonders in exposing bigots.

  • John the Drunkard

    Of course, local readers will probably find hundreds of examples un-Xtian material in the paper. How much are you willing to bet that his ‘Christian principles’ evaporate when homophobia and/or guns aren’t in the picture?

  • 1859

    ‘…contrary to god’s word….’ and this dumb-arsed, blind man’s excuse is used over and over to disseminate hate. If it didn’t hurt people so much it could be dismissed as sheer ignorance. But it’s not – it’s targeted bigotry and must be vigorously opposed.

  • Broga

    1859: ‘…contrary to god’s word….’ Here is a compelling reason why they will not go against God’s word. First a question: why are the weird theories of Heisenberg and Einstein, where space and time are twisted, something can be created out of nothing, a cat can be alive and dead at the same time, readily accepted in classrooms?
    Yet the theory evolution is furiously rejected? The answer is that the existence of souls cannot be reconciled with evolution. “This terrifies large numbers of people who prefer to reject the theory of evolution rather than give up their souls.”
    From the witty, exciting and, to me as an atheist, reassuring million best seller “Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari. p123.

  • AgentCormac

    ‘It is also my belief that to publish anything contrary to God’s Word on this issue would be to publish something in the newspaper that is not true.’
    That’s the trouble with christians – they spend their entire lives in denial of the truth and reality.

  • John

    I posted the following comment on the paper’s FB site:-
    I do hope your paper is not running advertisements that feature clothes of mixed fabrics for to do so will run the risk of condemning your entire readership to eternal existence in hell. That is – of course – only true if you and your readers believe in the writings of the Old Testament. Do you feature such ads?

  • Broga

    John: Well done. I will be interested in any reply you get.