I make fun of disgraced former chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt on a fairly regular basis, because his entire mission is based on a lie he told in order to appear persecuted, and because he’s easily one of the top five most ridiculous anti-gay wingnuts on the planet. He is also the easiest to screen cap. For instance:
Yeeeeeah. Real serious guy we’re dealing with here.
And now he has declared that laws that advance equality aren’t necessary because his amoral version of God will be sending everyone who hurts Gordon’s fee fees simply by existing straight to hell anyway. Why treat them well here on Earth?
“Dr. Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt dedicated a segment on today’s “Pray In Jesus Name” program to decrying the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as nothing more than a “bathroom bill” that would allow men to use the women’s restrooms and “violate your wives’ and daughters’ privacy in every public restaurant in America.”
We have heard that sort of line from Klingenschmitt and his ilk before, but it is the justification behind this position that is really most remarkable. In defense of this position, Klingenschmitt cited a passage from 1 Corinthians 6 that declares that “neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” to proclaim that, since gay people will not go to Heaven, they should not be entitled to any sort of governmental benefits here on earth.
“If they’re not going to get eternal benefits in Heaven,” Klingenschmitt asked, “why should we give them government rewards here on this earth? I don’t think we should”
Well, two reasons, Gordon:
1. Your poor understanding of an English translation of the Bible carries absolutely no authority, and despite the fact that LGBT people make you crazy, it is not the American government’s responsibility to make you feel better.
2. The American government is secular and thus has nothing to do with legislating based on anyone’s religious beliefs. Not mine, and definitely not theocratic beliefs like yours.
For the record, here is my screencap from the latest video, to add to our collection: