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+.
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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