Is a “Kill The Gays” bill headed for New York City?
At Sunday’s anti-gay marriage rally in New York City, sponsored by the National Organization For Marriage, one pastor, Rev. Ariel Torres Ortega of Radio Visión Cristiana, told the several thousand people in attendance that gays should die.
Yes, according to this man of God, gay and bisexual men (evidently, not lesbians though,) should die. He did not state if he believed this should be coded into law, whom would be the judge, how proof would be obtained, and if this was a stepped program, i.e., if any homosexual act would automatically deserve the death penalty, or if there would be a “three strikes” provision.
What is especially troublesome is that this rally was headlined by New York State Senator and Reverend Rubén Díaz, who spoke just minutes after Rev. Ariel Torres Ortega. Senator Diaz certainly has the ability to introduce a bill supporting Rev. Ortega’s beliefs. What would prevent him?
We already know, according to a Diaz aide, that Senator Diaz does not believe in separation of church and state.
“And while the march and rally focused on the Christian message of ‘love,’ the event remained deeply homophobic, with speakers routinely condemning gay people as “sinners” and describing same-sex relations as something wholly unnatural or perverse,” reports Igor Volsky of Think Progress. “In fact, just minutes before Diaz took to the microphone to stress his respect for gay people, Rev. Ariel Torres Ortega of Radio Visión Cristiana said that the gay people are ‘worthy of death’,” Volsky writes, then quotes Reverend Torres:
Committing sexual acts between man and man. And receiving the retribution of the things that they have done from straying away. And because they did not take God in count. God gave them over to reprimand their mind to do things that are not right, being against all justice, fornication, perversity, aberrations, malignity…those who practice such things are worthy to death, not only do they do it, but those who also practice it. God bless this earth. That is the word of God.
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