Three presidential candidates delivered speeches to evangelical Christians today on the same stage where a Christian pastor calls for gays to be executed.
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It's not like Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruz were unaware that the man who created and is hosting Freedom 2015 has advocated for gay to be executed. Pastor Kevin Swanson has a startling history of making such statements. Even ABC News' Jake Tapper Thursday night in an interview cornered Cruz on Swanson's beliefs – Cruz wriggled out of answering the question.
So today, Pastor Swanson took to the stage and told attendees once again that gays should be killed. Twice, according to Right Wing Watch.
"There are instances in which both the Old and New Testament speak to the matter with unbelievable clarity," Swanson told his audience of evangelical Christians, as Joe.My.God. reports. "There's not to be any debate about it. You know what that sin is – it’s the sin of homosexuality."
"In fact in Romans 1 Paul affirms that this particular sin is worthy of death," Swanson says. "The Old and New Testament, I believe both speak with authority and we outta receive it."
To be clear, Huckabee, Jindal, and Cruz aren't responsible for Swanson's statements. But they are responsible for agreeing to attend and speaking at an event created and hosted by a man with a history of calling for gays to be put to death.
Some responses via Twitter:
Campaign Reporters! Ask Cruz, Jindal, Huckabee if they agree with their host: should gays and lesbians be executed? https://t.co/tGC6hav3wc— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) November 6, 2015
This happened. A call for execution of people who are gay at an event attended by GOP candidates. https://t.co/MKIF62W3qo— ArkansansForEquality (@ARForEquality) November 6, 2015
GOP contenders attend conf. that calls for killing gays. What does that tell you about GOP and Religious Right? https://t.co/7FOn76uUpj— Charles Miller (@FreemanToday) November 6, 2015