Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal need to apologize for attending “kill the gays” rally

49 people were just shot to death at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, in the worst mass-murder in American history. Which raises the question of why Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal attended a rally only six months ago, at which the host called for gays to be put to death.

And they said nothing.

In the hours following the Orland attack, anti-gay Republicans of all stripes immediately went on Twitter to express their condolences for, and solidarity with, the LGBT community they routinely disparage.

Former GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal were among them.

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But what Cruz, Huckabee and Jindal might not want you to know is that a little over six months ago they attended a Republican presidential candidate rally, called the National Religious Liberties Conference, in Iowa where the host of the rally, Pastor Kevin Swanson, called for gays to be put to death, right before introducing three candidates and shaking their hands.

And the candidates said nothing about it.

Here’s Swanson shaking Ted Cruz’s hand at the same even where the pastor called for gays to be murdered:

Ted Cruz shakes the hand of anti-gay Pastor Kevin Swanson who earlier preached that gays should be put to death.

Ted Cruz shakes the hand of anti-gay Pastor Kevin Swanson who earlier preached that gays should be put to death.

Let me quote a bit of what Swanson said at the event before introducing the GOP candidates:

At the 6:45 mark in the video below, Swanson talks about gay people: “These are the people with the sore, the gaping sores, the sores that are puss-y and gross, and people are carving happy faces on the sores. Don’t you dare carve happy faces on open puss-y sores.”

He seems nice.

At the 8:17 mark in the video below, Swanson starts talking about putting gays to death: “Yes, Leviticus 20:13 calls for the death penalty for homosexuals. Yes, Romans chapter 1 verse 32, the apostle Paul does say that homosexuals are worthy of death. His words not mine, and I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And I am not afraid of the truth of the word of God.

Swanson went on to ask rhetorically whether he really wants to immediately put gays to death. Swanson replied “no” — but get his reason why:

“We need some time for homosexuals to repent.”

In other words, yes kill the gays, but only after a decent interval in which you give them a chance to renounce their sin. Otherwise, stone ’em.

Americans wonder why oh why these crazy men pick up a gun and shoot people. Well perhaps, just perhaps, they’re listening to hatred and vitriol spewing from one of the country’s two major political parties.

In view of what has happened in Orlando, it is high past time for Cruz, Huckabee and Jindal to apologize to every gay person in America for tacitly condoning a call to murder gay people, simply to curry favor with a bigot.

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  • Badgerite

    Little Green Footballs has a video of Pat Robertson basically saying that if it is between gays and Muslims, he thinks the best thing to do is just sit back ” and let them kill themselves”. What a fine man.
    It seems he cannot quite figure out how a liberal would deal with the problem posed by the attitude of the Muslim religion toward gays. I don’t see that the Muslim attitude toward gays is any different than his or the Christian rights.
    And how liberals deal with it is the same way liberals deal with the Christian right’s attitude toward gays.
    In this country, our credo is not a religious one. We are a republic, not a theocracy. And your religion is a personal matter for you. You are free to worship as you believe. You are not free to expect the government to enforce your religious beliefs on others. We have these principles that we live by as a people written down in the United States Constitution and all its various manifestations in law.
    One of those principles is equal protection for all under the law. That means that discriminating against people in commerce or law based on religious belief and nothing more is not allowed.
    It is not an aspect of your freedom to be able to do that.
    We also have a principle established by the First Amendment that enshrines the sanctity of one’s personal belief or non belief in God. Our credo is that the individual must find their own path to God.
    The state shall have no official religion and no power over that individual choice.
    So if you are a Christian or a Muslim or a Buddhist or an atheist, so long as you abide by our laws and accept the Constitution of the United States and its principles as the law of the land, you entitled to the protections of the Constitution like anyone else. It is a matter of adhering to the principles that this country was founded on and that have served it well for centuries and through all manner of conflict.

  • Thoughtful_Conservative

    This is truly sad. I have never seen this before. Let me start by saying I do mourn and pray for those who were effected by this tragedy. Even if you knew someone indirectly, or as a partner or relative, my heart goes out to you. No one should ever have to face this horrific tragedy.
    If I may would I be able to speak on behalf of level headed conservatives. I believe that in the world we live in today we must find our common good and deflect all negative things. There are issues social, political and spiritual that you and I will probably never agree on, and that is ok. We all have a right to believe as we do, we all have a right to fight for what we believe is true. I do hold fast to the truth of Scripture as God’s word, and I dont mince words in that area. What I see is the real problem is not only a legitimate horrific tone, but a numbness to reach people with the gospel all in the name of Truth. We could all go around in circles and I am not here to do that. I am simply here trying to help everyone understand that God does love all of us, Jesus came to save and not condemn. This preacher is choosing to be the judge, jury and executioner and in the harshest way. If I were called to speak at this conference I would repudiate this man on the spot. I know one of the candidates personally (well indirectly) and I do not think he believes these things, or approaches the gospel in this way. At least that is what I know of him, I may be wrong, but that is beside the point.
    I have so much I want to say, seriously so much I want to say. I love all people, I love God first, that is what allows me to love everyone, and in this country we are so divided. Divided and that is what the politicians want. I have 2 gay friends at work (No, I am not trying to qualify or legitimize myself on this forum) there is a point. Both of them are married, and although I am for traditional marriage I have never treated them any differently, we engage in conversations about one another spouse. One of my gay friends is very conservative and he sees the harm that the left has done to the gay community in its acceptance of Isalm. Do we all realize that in 11 countries that are run by islamic regims it is illegal to be gay, and they actaully throw gay people off buildings? (That is why this mans speech really, really bothers me.) It goes against the heart of the gospel. Hillary CLinton supports and is supported by foreign dictators and donors and has been for years. Now i have another gay friend who is also married and this friend is hardcore democrat will vote for hillary, bernie, you name it as long as they have a D behind their name this friend is voting for them. Why do I mention this? I think it is possible to be gay, and be conservative. I do believe that it is possible for me to raise my kids in a way I see fit with certain moral beliefs and in that learn to love and respect anyone and everyone. The terrorist want to kill me, they want to kill you, and they want to kill anyone that isnt like them. So lets make a choice, lets stand together, lets choose love over hate.
    HERE IS MY PLEA: PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGY ON BEHALF OF CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE FOR THE TONE OF THIS MAN AND HIW AWFUL APPROACH. PLEASE KNOW THAT NOT ALL CHRISTIANS, NOT ALL CONSERVATIVES AND NOT ALL REPUBLICANS THINK THIS WAY. I HAVE RELATIVES THAT ARE GAY AND HAVE NEVER TREATED THEM ANY DIFFERENT THAN ANYONE ELSE, I HAVE FRIENDS THAT ARE GAY, AND ONE THING I KNOW FOR SURE. IF I AM NEXT TO YOU AND IF A TERRORIST CHOOSES TO ATTACK I WILL FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE AND MINE, I WILL FIGHT EVIL WITH GOOD, I WILL NOT ALLOW THESE BARBARIANS TO TARE US APART. I AM NOT PERFECT AND I SINCERLY ASK YOUR FORGIVNESS FOR ANY WORDS I HAVE SPOKEN ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE NOT HEARD ME SAY THEM AGAINST YOUR COMMUNITY. I WANT UNITY, WE CAN ALL LIVE UNIFIED.
    GOD BLESS YOU, GOD BLESS YOUR LIFE, AND MAY YOU SEEK THE TRUTH AND WISDOM OF GODS WORD, HIS LOVE LETTER TO US.
    SINCERLY,
    Thoughtful_”and certainly not perfect”Conservative

  • Tro705

    Spreading hatred on the right is no more than preaching to the choir.
    Hate fueled and racist members have taken control of the right and the supporters dare not disagree as to be labeled liberals.
    Surely someone with a bit of common sense can see the right spiraling into a hate filled party and it’s demise will come none too soon.

  • Melodyjpellot
  • BlueIdaho

    Exactly. And the methods used by the christian ex-gay organizations are so devastating to young gay men they might as well have taken a gun and shot them to death.

  • Alpha 50327

    Not gonna happen. Being on stage with that asshat is a badge of honor for those 3.

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  • 2karmanot

    ” there is no organized Christian group (like an ISIS) that is doing so” Well, in fact Christian terrorists in America prefer to bomb clinics, harass pregnant women and murder Doctors and nurses.

  • Outspoken1

    Stop right there. While Sharia law is extremely harsh, violent and archaic, Christian laws are no less harsh. It is only that America is a mainly secular nation ruled by a body of laws that are influenced by, but not solely dictated, Christian doctrine. There is NO logical reason for discrimination against LGBT or others groups than religious doctrine that came from archaic documents and traditions. LGBT have a much higher suicide rate (often from being rejected by family, church, friends, etc. for who they are), experience more hate crimes, still face ‘legal’ housing/employment/services discrimination, have been and still are demonized in the military, may not serve in a position of authority in many Christian religions (same for women). Again, no sound reason other than archaic religious doctrine. Here is one credible list of violence against gays https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_violence_against_LGBT_people_in_the_United_States . Here is another article on the historic persecutions from Christian Europe http://www.gayexplained.com/burning-the-faggots/ . Even PBS provides http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/assault/roots/overview.html . So stop with this “American Christians are better cuz they don’t kill ’em.” Only reason they don’t ‘kill ’em’ is that we are secular – protected somewhat from the hateful religious mainliners and extremists.

  • Tom Chicago

    The pusillanimous preacher had not the balls to even own the blood-lust he was promoting. He blames it on Paul, of course. Nevertheless, the vigorous efforts of numerous Christian sects have given an alibi to the murderer. This is accomplished by dehumanizing and demeaning the humanity of gay people at a fundamental level, by using words like “sodomite” “unnatural acts” or “objectively disordered” or “abomination.” This does not even include the blood libel spoken by yet another gloating preacher who absolutely rejoiced at the death of “the pederasts.”

  • Tom Chicago

    This is a crystal-clear example of the Pandering Principle. Politicians have an instinct for ass-kissing, i.e., the proper timing, the proper ass and the proper words to use while puckering up. The grotesque give-away in this particular case is that not one of the above-mentioned Turds would use the term “gay” when they took their pro-forma tears to the social media. Hence, they can seem like magnanimous, broken-hearted leaders without really owning what is their authentic position.

  • mishigoss

    Oh, spare me. We queer people know that many, many, many more of us have been killed by American Christians than by American Muslims. This isn’t “hate mongering,” it’s just a fact. Sure, most straight American Christians support, to some extent or other, LGBT rights. But if it weren’t for Evangelical Protestants, we’d face much less political opposition; Jews and atheists sure aren’t the ones opposing anti-discrimination laws and marriage equality. I just hope (though I somehow doubt it) that you’ve also expressed your outrage at Christians in Africa sponsoring kill-the-gays legislation, Russian Orthodox support for Putin’s antigay laws, and Jamaican pastors condoning anti-gay violence. Jesus, who knew till this week that so many of you rightwingers were on the side of us gays (except, of course, for the “disgusting” ones)?

  • Maryjking2
  • BRAINGASM

    Muslims kill LGBT people in mass numbers in the Middle East and are allowed to do so under the law in a number of Islamic countries. Christians in the US are not going around killing LGBT people in mass numbers, there is no organized Christian group like ISIS that is doing so and no law in our majority Christian country allows it to be done. You leftist LGBT radicals should stop your disgusting hate mongering of american Christians and do something about the mass murder of LGBT by Islamo fascists.

  • Zorba

    Not just that, Becca. They will want to use the deaths of LGBT’s as a further excuse to give more money to the military-industrial complex in order to kill more Muslims overseas and expand our “security network” in this country.
    They don’t give a rip about the deaths of LGBT people, except in so far as they can use their deaths as such an excuse. :-(

  • MyrddinWilt

    Last week the members of the GOP were trying to outdo each other in writing the most spiteful bathroom bill. This week they want to get praise for offering empty words and empty prayers.

    I watched the same thing in the aftermath of 9/11. Supporters and fundraisers for the IRA, the terrorists who tried to murder my cousin were suddenly experts on terrorism and had always been opposed to it. Somehow I don’t feel like considering Giuliani as being firmly opposed to terrorism when I see him in pictures handing Gerry Adams a check for thousands of dollars that he knows will be used to buy bullets and guns and bombs.

    But keep a list of all the creeps trying to jump on the anti-homophobia bandwagon now it is the trendy cause. They are creeps but they don’t like to think of themselves as hypocrites. Just make sure to note the names, get them on record and then call them out on their hypocrisy if they backslide.

    Its still a win, take it. Just don’t vote for them. But you probably weren’t planning to do that anyway.

  • pliny

    Don’t forget Gingrich’s proposal to bring back the House Un-American Activities Committee. Responding to an attack on our community by bringing back an institution that attacked and blackmailed our community. Gingrich can be a real idiot, but he can’t be this ignorant of the history.

    In it’s own way, it’s one of the most vile and cynical responses so far.

  • The other common detail in all of the anti-LGBT bigots’ “condolences” messages is what they leave out: LGBT people and our friends and supporters, who were the intended targets in this mass murder / hate crime / terrorist attack.

    It’s as if in making us invisible in their own minds — and thoughts and ‘prayers’ — they too wish to erase us from existence.

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