It's Gone Too Far!  
  The following is a news article that was published on 365gay.com. It speaks to how dangerous uninformed religious fanatics are. Honestly, it’s sickening to think that people who say the things listed in this article are calling themselves “followers of Christ”. Let this article be a reminder that we indeed “wrestle not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of darkness, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This article speaks to the necessity of OPERATION: REBIRTH  
       
 
 
     
 

Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart Threatens To Kill Gays 
by Jan Prout
365Gay.com Newscenter
Toronto Bureau
Posted: September 20, 2004

(Toronto, Ontario) A Canadian television station has apologized publicly to viewers for a telecast of American evangelist Jimmy Swggart's television program in which he threatened to kill gays.
The program, aired last week on Omni 1, a Toronto multicultural station, and throughout the US, has also prompted an investigation by the Canadian Radio Television Commission, the government agency which regulates television.
During the program, a rambling sermon by Swaggart who is trying to rehabilitate himself after an arrest for soliciting a prostitute, the televangelist turned to the subject of gay marriage.
According to a transcript of the program, Swaggart said: "I'm trying to find the correct name for it ... this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men. ... I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I'm gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I'm gonna kill him and tell God he died."
The remarks were met with applause from his congregation.  
The program was taped at Swaggart's ministry in New Orleans where voters Saturday agreed to amend the Louisiana constitution to bar same-sex marriage.
The CRTC investigation was prompted by a complaint by a viewer in Ottawa.   It is not known if any complaints had been made in the US where the show appears on stations in all 50 states. A spokesperson for the FCC which regulates television in the US did not return calls for comment Sunday.
Toronto station Omni 1 reviewed the tape after a complaint was made.  A spokesperson called the remarks "a serious breach" of Canadian broadcast regulations.
Omni 1 is owned by Rogers Communications a conglomerate that controls the largest cable and cell phone companies in Canada and also owns television and radio stations and a publishing company.
Under Canadian law hate speech is a criminal offense.  Broadcast lawyers say that both the station and Swaggart could be charged in addition to any penalty imposed by the CRTC.
The FCC has wide powers for imposing fines.  Last month the Commission fined 20 CBS television stations more than $25,000 each over the Janet Jackson bare breast incident at the Super Bowl.
In 1987 Swaggart in a tearful sermon begged forgiveness from his followers after being found with a prostitute. 

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If we are to ever see the end of people saying things like this (and worse) from the pulpit, and all in the Name of God, we can no longer sit by and act like it didn’t happen. It’s time for us to stand up and say “THIS HAS GONE TOO FAR, AND IT MUST STOP RIGHT NOW!” What has to happen before YOU join in the fight against spiritual abuse and injustice in this society? Does someone need to actually be killed inside a church before we, as a people fight back? Do we need to start finding bodies of those who committed suicide before we’re outraged about spiritual abuse and hate being preached from our churches?

Don’t let your pastor abuse you, or your brothers and sisters anymore! Take a Stand! Lift Your Voice! If you don’t, you are contributing to the attempted spiritual destruction of an entire community. SILENCE EQUALS CONSENT!

OPERATION: REBIRTH

 
       
 

 

 
     

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