Pastor Gary Randall is an anti-gay activist best known for his efforts to keep Washington’s gay citizens despised, feared and second-class under the law. Today he can’t put down his bloody anti-gay bludgeon long enough to effectively play the downtrodden Christian martyr.
In a blog post today, Randall attempts to make Christians (a massive numerical majority in the United States) appear to be the objects of intolerance because Miss USA contestant Lauren Ashley is being criticized for championing a biblical verse that says that gays deserve death. In going to bat for Miss Ashley, Randall defends what he calls the “biblical morality” she espouses. Let me remind you what she said last week:
“The Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. In Leviticus it says, ‘If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.’”
From Randall’s point of view, if I disagree with someone who says that I should be executed because I’m gay, then somehow I’m being intolerant of that person’s religion. The kind of tolerance Randall is looking for leads to violence. Should I condone my own execution? Randall apparently thinks so.
Randall sickeningly ended his post with a plea for donations to what he calls “this ministry“. He is using his authority as a Christian minister to broadcast to the world his certainty that I and every other gay person deserve death. When will the press and general society stop giving people like Randall a pass because he calls himself a Christian and a pastor and uses nice words like “faith”? Let’s recognize his words for what they really are: a condoning of lethal violence against gay people.
All this comes from a man who is pushing a lawsuit before the United States Supreme Court claiming that people who supported his anti-gay Referendum 71 campaign will be harassed and intimidated if they are not given a special exception to Washington’s campaign disclosure laws and allowed to hide their identities. Well, he’s done an excellent job demonstrating what real threats and intimidation look like by condoning the death sentence for gays and saying that anyone who disagrees is showing “perverted tolerance”.