According to one Michigan pastor, being gay is like being an “axe murderer.”
He’s from Zeeland, so that should explain everything. The Netherlands is a haven of sin and liberalism today because all the religious Dutch with their heads rammed up their self-righteous posteriors came over here to Michigan and settled on the west side of the state. And what do the rest of us here in Michigan get for it? Not even a thank you. You’re welcome, Amsterdam.
Clint Echols, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Zeeland, gave a sermon earlier this month in which he wheeled out all the classic clobber verses and phrases, noting that the “Bible” said that homosexuality is an “abomination.”
You’ve heard it all before.
This goes off the rails, though, when Echols claimed that the church shouldn’t accept gays and lesbians, because your sexual preference is like saying “I think I’m an axe murderer.”
Well, no. You don’t think. You either kill someone with an axe and be an axe murderer or you’re not. You can be gay without acting on it; I’d wager there are more than a few anti-LGBT right-wingers who are like that. And I don’t see what the problem is with the church accepting axe murderers; the GOP presidential candidates are going to be sharing the speaking platform at “The Awakening” with a terrorist who supposedly threw Jews off buildings and gets a pass because he converted to Jesus.
It’s an internal compass and a person can discover their sexuality at any moment…oh wait a second, I’m gay, I’m bisexual, I want to change my gender, these things, and that’s being true to themselves and being true to their internal compass.
For instance on another, a completely other playing field, if tomorrow I woke up because I have this internal compass that’s telling me what truth is. Tomorrow, if I wake up and say, well, I think I’m an axe murderer, now I’m an axe murderer, would you be happy with that? Would you agree? Would you want me to follow that internal compass?
As opposed to being a self-righteous ass, which is true to his internal compass.
Let’s spot the difference: being gay doesn’t require you to murder someone. Being an axe murder requires, by dint of the title, you to murder someone. Let’s see which is worse here, hmm . . . man, I’m wracking my brain and I can’t come up with an answer. Is this a trick question?
Not everyone in Zeeland is happy with the comparison; there are rational humans who live there, however rare they are.
The Pastor isn’t backing down, though.