“Make America Straight Again” Conference to Infiltrate Orlando Pride

“Make America Straight Again” Conference to Infiltrate Orlando Pride June 11, 2019

Orlando will be infiltrated by alt-right conservatives from the New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church to protest the city’s pride festival and celebrate the third anniversary of the shooting deaths of 49 people at an LGTBQ+ hotspot, Pulse Nightclub. The group is hosting a three-day event titled “Make America Straight Again.” Multiple congregations announced the event on YouTube in May.

Pastor Patrick Boyle announced the event titled “Make America Straight Again,” in a video he uploaded on YouTube. In the video, the pastor outlined in graphic detail the hatred the church feels toward LGBTQ+ individuals.  The event is planned for June 14-16 in Orlando, Florida.

According to Patrick Boyle, the group intends to harass, demean, and share their hatred during the pride festival to stop the “sodomites” from spreading their filth around the world. He shared that multiple pastors that have been vocal in their hatred toward the LGBTQ+ will attend the event.

In a statement to Spectrum News 13 in Orlando about the event, Boyle said,

“They are beyond reach, the Sodomites,” said Pastor Patrick Boyle of Revival Baptist Church, off U.S. 27. “We are not trying to reach them. We are trying to warn society that if we embrace that, you are going to lose your children … The schools are telling them it’s an alternative lifestyle choice.”

One pastor attending is Steven Anderson. Anderson made headlines this spring when the Netherlands banned him from entering the country. Anderson planned to speak at an event in the country. His attendance at the event prompted several organizations to protest the government to ban his entry.

Markus Harbers, Dutch state secretary for justice and security, told parliament in May that Anderson would not be allowed into the country due to his extreme views regarding homosexuality. Anderson heads Faithful World Baptist Church in Arizona.

On the church’s website, the doctrinal statement reads,

“We believe that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination which God punishes with the death penalty.”

In 2016, Anderson made waves when he responded to the news of the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. On June 12, 2016, Omar Manteen shot and killed 49 people at the gay nightclub. Additionally, 53 people were left wounded. After a three and half hour standoff with police, Manteen shot and killed himself.  After learning about the massacre, Anderson called the event “good news.”

Another pastor joining the event is Tommy McMurtry. McMurty recently created massive waves on YouTube after he uploaded a video calling a favorite atheist creator, Mr. Atheist, “Mr. Pumpkin, the worlds biggest “fruit.” The pastor’s attack on Mr. Atheist prompted a swift reaction from the atheist community on YouTube. As a result, several content creators banded together to form an alliance dedicated to exposing the hatred and bigotry espoused by the church.

In response to McMurty’s statements about Mr. Atheist, the group launched the “Anti-IFB Movement” website. The website collects videos, sermons, and remarks made by the church to spread awareness about the church’s harmful beliefs and actions they promote against the LGBTQ+.

Additionally, the site lists all the churches associated with the IFB and hopes to provide resources to people that want to leave the church.

Not only is the NIFB against homosexuality, but they promote gun ownership and violence against the LGBTQ+. Due to the church’s extreme beliefs, there is fear that the event “Make America Straight Again,” could escalate into violence.

Because the church has openly praised violence against the LGBTQ+ and promotes the death penalty, the fear could become a reality over the weekend.

The promotional video highlights the sheer hatred and violent feelings the church has toward the LGBTQ+. In the video, he reminds church members that “God hates gay people.”

 

With thousands expected to attend the Orlando pride festival this weekend, there is an urgent need to spread the word about the church’s plans. Individuals attending must be warned that the church is planning to harass, degrade, demean, and potentially attack individuals for attending the event.

According to the church, the event starts on Friday. Also, The church will release the itinerary for the event Friday afternoon.

 

Tommy McMurtry shares harmful views about LGBTQ+:

 

 

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  • igotbanned999

    It’s already been 3 years? Seems like it was just one

  • “As a result, several content creators banned together to form an
    alliance dedicated to exposing the hatred and bigotry espoused by the
    church.”

    I think the word you were looking for was “banded”, not “banned”.

    It’s too bad we can’t ban Anderson and his fellow haters from this country.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Blank blank religious freedom.
    Blank blank persecution.

    This will surely stop abuse in Christian organizations by Christian “leadership”

  • LimeGecko

    Odds are higher than average that this so called pastor and his flock are gayer than average. They protest too much. Besides. Ain’t like America was ever all white, straight, male, or Christian.

    “Hankering after an imagined past”

  • Robert Serrano

    Surely, there’s a garbage barge that would take them.

  • WallofSleep

    I sure hope Orlando PD is ready. These bigots are clearly intending to provoke assault.

  • Found the video, disliked and reported it. We’ll see how it goes.

  • Jennny

    So Pastor Steve A is going to attend. he’s not just been banned from the Netherlands, but 31 countries I believe, which he boasts about of course. Botswana had the death penalty for homosexuality but when Stevie was there and did a rant on their radio, he was deported as he left the studios, he was too homophobic even for them. And the wonderful news is that Botswana has just agreed to decriminalise being LGBT.

  • rcdcr
  • Stevie is coming? Oh, good. Perfect weekend to run a TASER training clinic. 😉

  • Amphy

    ♫ ♪ “And you’ll know they’re fake christians by their hate, by their
    hate. Yes, you’ll know that they’re fake christians by their hate” ♫ ♪

  • kingdietrich

    I’d love to see these fringe freaks come to Chicago and face the one million parade attendees we always get. Yes, one-million. They’d be laughed out on a rail,

    These people are vile beyond description. Pride parades are about love, and what these people do is seething hatred. It’s just confounding they claim Jesus as their savior when they hate everything he’s supposed to stand for. Twisted, sad and pathetic. I take comfort that there are way, way–way– more of us than them.

  • Dave Again

    Maybe it’s just me, but when I saw those photographs of Patrick Boyle, my gaydar beeped.

  • Ally

    I’m not saying that Pastor Tommy McMurtry is sexually attracted to pumpkins. I’m just saying that we don’t really know.

  • Andrea Fitzgerald

    Can’t you just feel all the xtian love!

  • phatkhat

    So, um, linkies are also forbidden? Or is the word bl ood also on the list? Or is it g ay? This is ridiculous.

  • shanfrina

    … Oh “Miss Boyle,” you can “Come Out” now #fakepastor!?! LOL!!!

  • Judgeforyourself37

    Bigotry, misogyny, racism, homophobia, and the dislike of anyone “who may look different” has increased exponentially since the campaign and inauguration of DJT.

  • Lucifer Son666

    I’m not saying pastor Tommy Mcmurtry is sexually attracted to pumpkins, all I’m saying is we don’t really know for sure

  • Lucifer Son666

    I’m gonna nitpick a bit, it does a disservice to label them alt right they’ve not shown that they are, they are fascist however

  • Harrison Ashley

    Florida’s a concealed-carry state, right? Hope these folks are packing heat, or at least a knife or taser. On the “good” side, if these NIFB goons do attack the parade, we may get the FBI on their case, get them labeled as a hate group, or-better yet- a terrorist front.
    Many blessings on the marchers. Good luck, all.

  • Elizabeth A. Root

    Maybe they can borrow the kazoos used to such good effect against the Westboro Church in Virginia. Alternately, is there a GoFunMe to buy them?

  • Winston Jen

    I wonder how much it would cost to send suicide bombers to the MASA conference.

  • Brian Curtis

    Someone needs to lance this Boyle.

  • Sophotroph

    Pumpkin love is a sin against almighty Gourd!

  • David Cromie

    ‘Who can make straight again what ‘god’ made crooked’? I don’t know why that does not apply to bigoted christo-fascists such as Boyle, and fellow travellers, rather than homosexuals. Whatever happened to ‘love thy neighbour as yourself’, as commanded in the NT, or even the Golden Rule?

  • Richard Miller

    I can never abide by any book (the Bible or Quran) or follow a man (Moses, Jesus or Mohammad) that endorse slavery, encourage genocide, promote all forms of bigotry and prejudice, are silent on human rights and don’t have anything to say about democracy – instead support a monarchical form of government. Why do people even think these books are “holy” when they’re filled with all sorts of justification for bigotry and prejudice? The worse war the U.S. ever fought (the Civil War) caused more America deaths than all other wars the U.S.’s been involved in, and that war was fought, in part, because those who wanted to keep slaves justified their beliefs on the Bible!

    To say “Jesus is love” is simply delusional and naive and does not deal with reality. If an all-knowing, all-loving god really had a plan that was supposed to be revealed through any “holy” book for humanity there wouldn’t be slavery, bigotry and prejudice, but there would be human rights, individual dignity and a governmental system based on the general will of a well-educated population. Instead, we have wars, chaos, ignorance, bigotry and prejudice coming from religious groups.