Yesterday an anti-theist who has been commenting like a champ on this blog for years asked me why I haven’t done anything to shut down this highly regarded group of Christian thought leaders and influencers who absolutely, positively, without question preach biblical Christianity exactly the way Jesus would.
A group of far-right pastors who have previously called for the execution of gay people plan to host a “Make America Straight Again” three-day conference this week.
Patrick Boyle of the Revival Baptist Church, which is located in a rundown storefront at a Clermont strip mall, says the event will kick off Friday, June 14, just days after the three-year anniversary of 49 people getting gunned down at the gay nightclub Pulse.
As I told him, the mission and purpose of this blog is not, and never has been, to attempt to shut down every nut job on the planet. And why would it be when such a goal seems monumentally stupid?
Also, it wasn’t on my radar. In fact, if another commenter didn’t mention it to me I wouldn’t have even known about the church, their pastor, or the conference at all. Simply put, they are not, as my friend believes, high profile in any sense of the term. Granted I don’t live online like a lot of bloggers and that may have put me at an “in the know” disadvantage but, still, this is not news that very many people care about because, get this, most sane, sensible, and reasonable people who may have run across stories about this know that the Make America Straight Again Conference is an ill conceived stunt to get attention, and giving it attention it and its organizers don’t deserve doesn’t make much sense.
And, also get this, nearly all thinking people know that the views of the run down store front church pastor DO NOT represent biblical Christianity as it is understood by almost everyone. In other words, this is not the beginnings of what will be a massive anti-gay awakening in the church everyone outside the church should fear.
When I lived in West Texas years ago a local man cut off his right hand and burned it on his barbecue grill because it says to do just that in Matthew 5:30. The verse doesn’t say anything about cooking appendages so maybe he thought he was going above and beyond.
Anyway, almost no one cared because mentally unwell and/or evil people have been doing insane and blatantly unbiblical things in the name of God forever and it will continue until Jesus returns. Sure, these stories are worth mentioning, I suppose, because we live in a society where shocking train wrecks get clicks and make money. What is not worth mentioning about these stories however, is the non-existent link between the behaviors of the deranged and what the Bible actually teaches. And it is that non-existent link that has my friend’s panties in a bunch [emphasis added].
More of that Christian love: This weekend ultra-conservative Baptists will be hosting a “Make America Straight Again” conference calling for the public execution of LGBT people.The conference is being held to coincide with the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting that left dozens dead and many more injured.
These hateful and despicable people should be charged with whatever is possible through the law, locked up in a real prison for enough time so that they can be bought back into painful reality by the prisioners and sent to psychiatrists. The police need to keep a careful eye on these people, we all know how radical religious nuts can act in the name of their delusional gods.
See what he did there?
First, and expectedly because most anti-theists focus on a few loons to make a case against the harmless, well-meaning, law-abiding, and objectively not insane masses, he called these people “ultra-conservative Baptists” making it abundantly clear he makes no distinction between the run down store front pastor and ALL mainstream Baptists which is profoundly ignorant and blatantly dishonest.
Think about that for a minute. If Make America Straight Again Conferences were something ultra-conservative Baptists resoundingly endorsed, wouldn’t they be held in nearly every city in America nearly every weekend? Wouldn’t hundreds, if not thousands, of actual prominent pastors be chattering about this non-stop?
I just checked the church’s Facebook page for any info about this gathering and found nothing except one video about it by the pastor that has been viewed a whopping 244 times and has an astonishing 33 comments. Wow! I could be wrong because I didn’t do a lot of digging but there didn’t seem to be an event page with an agenda and thousands of people signed up. Shouldn’t there be something like that if this were a big deal? Anyway, the Facebook page that barely over 600 people ( seems light for a prominent church) follow is proof of how seriously nearly everyone is taking the run down store front pastor, his church, and his nutty conference.
Second, I wonder what my friend means by, “locked up in a real prison for enough time so that they can be bought back into painful reality by the prisioners.” Would I be reading too much into that statement to assume my friend is a supporter of “prison justice” that we all know often involves rape and beatings for people who are convicted of thought crimes? Does he think mentally unwell people should be locked up, raped, and beaten until they learn to think proper thoughts? If so, it would seem he is no better than the run down store front pastor.
Now, am I going to comment on the run down store front pastor? No, except to say that I DO NOT endorse him, his church, or his conference AT ALL. Other than that, he isn’t worth my time and shouldn’t be worth anyone’s.