On a Reverend’s bigotry

Below is the Rev. Bob Hailey’s anti-homosexual speech inspired by Susan Eggman, a candidate for the Council who happens to be a lesbian.

Hailey read this before the Council, Board of Supervisors, possibly from the pulpit and submitted it as a letter to the editor of this paper.

My tirade appears below his tirade.

The Destruction of America
Words from Pastor Bob Hailey

I think that every American can agree on one thing: that family is the foundation of this country. When the family structure is destroyed then the whole country is destroyed.

As a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it’s not how I feel or what I think individually but my belief is based on the word of God. In Romans 1:21 it states, “Because that, when they knew God, the glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but because vain I their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

Verse 24 says, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves.” In Roman 1:26-28 it says “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which was against nature.”

27: “And like wise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error what was meet.

“28: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”

Now as a minister of the Gospel it brings me to this conclusion the only thing that homosexuals or lesbians can do is:

1. Repent of their sins and ask God to forgive them.
2. Go to the mental hospital so they can be treated for this sickness.

To put this in my own words: I am a country boy from Bakersfield, CA and sometimes I work in my yard and end up a little musty. Why would I knowingly prefer a man smelly like me vs. a sweet, smelling feminine woman? There’s something wrong with that picture!

Moreover, the same case about a women lusts after another woman. This is against nature. God ordained marriage between a man and a woman. Any other method is sin. Now, a person that has this sin by choice, they should not ever be over any position of authority. I was always told as a young man to be an example to what is right and truthful. When ever you go against God’s word you could never be truthful or an example for anyone else.

In Leviticus 18:22 it says: “Do not lay with a man as one lay with a woman.” Therefore, anyone who tries to justify the lifestyle is just as guilty. I know that in these moves and television show, they try to condone this type of behavior and they are just as guilty as the people that are performing these acts.

In response to the newspaper about homosexuality, it is an abomination before God. Some people try to justify their sin, which is against nature. Grandma always told me “Birds of a feather flock together.” Now, people fighting against Christianity, saying how can we be Christians and not love the homosexuals. Well let me tell you, as Christians, we love the person but hate the sin.

I stood by Rev. Hailey when he protested the jail death of African-American inmate Mondez Denmon. But I do not stand anywhere near this hateful rant.

Beyond its ignorance and illiteracy are several arguments which might as well be tackled one by one.

We may all agree that the family is the foundation of America, but we do not all agree that homosexuality poses any threat whatsoever to that foundation.

Gay marriage has been legal in Massachusets for three years now, and there is not one documented case of it ruining a heterosexual marriage. Believe me, if there were, the Christian right would see to it that you knew.

The reason for this lacuna is simple: the argument that gay marriage threatens the “institution of marriage” is bogus. There is no institution of marriage. There are only marriages, the majority of which are done the old-fashioned way, but a minority of which are done in a new way that gives a persecuted minority rights they have long been denied.

That’s a good thing. And if you think it’s a bad thing – and you have the right — the proper American course is tolerance. Tolerance of those who hold different beliefs and practice different customs. Not denying a minority its basic rights.

This principle should trip off the tongue of a man who once headed the local branch of the NAACP. A man who has experienced, and courageously fought, irrational discrimination. He is betraying this principle.

I am not going to argue the Reverend’s use of scripture. Better minds than mine have pointed out the vast gulf between Biblical teachings on sex and gender and the way even many devout Christians live today.

My personal view is that sexuality is a gift – from God, if you’re a believer – and if two people want to unite that gift, and others, with an everlasting vow then they walk in the light. Or in grace, if you prefer.

Down here on Earth, the American right to dissent means the right to believe that homosexuality is not an abomination. For some, it’s the expression of true self. Suppressing it merely thwarts human potential.

But as I said, you are free to disagree.

But please, if you do, don’t advocate that all gays check into a mental institution. Because there you are crossing the line from intolerance to hate.

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