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Pastor And Radio Co-Host Ponder ‘The Stoning Of A Homosexual Along The Rose Parade’

by David Badash on January 7, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,News,Religion

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Pastor Kevin Swanson and his Christian radio co-host Dave Buehner spent a few minutes just days before the Rose Bowl parade pondering what might happen if there were a public stoning of a gay person during the annual parade.

The Tournament of Roses Parade is televised around the world to millions of people in well-over 100 countries. This year, to the outrage of religious conservatives and right-wing pundits, the parade featured a same-sex wedding on a float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Pastor Swanson chattily told his co-host that “a pair of homosexual hairstylists will marry along the parade route while riding a wedding cake-shaped float sponsored by the AIDS group.”

“This is an AIDS group?,” Buehner, of Generations Radio, asked. “This is a group that’s against AIDS? They’re not trying to spread AIDS right? I mean, if you are trying to spread AIDS you would have pro-homosexual propaganda but if you’re trying to stop it.”

Clearly, Buehner associates HIV/AIDS with gay people. And clearly, disgustingly, AIDS is a joke to Pastor Swanson.

“They may be serving lemonade too as part of the event, I hope not but maybe,” Swanson joked. (Get it? “AIDS” – “lemonade”? Disgusting.)

But that pales in comparison to what their juvenile banter brought next:

Buehner: I wonder what the Rose Bowl parade would do if we had the stoning of a homosexual along the parade just as an expression of free speech and all that.

Swanson: I think that would be rejected by the Rose Bowl parade committee.

Buehner: Well what if the stones were just made like of flowers and flower pedals?

Swanson: I don’t know if they’d allow that or not. Anyway ladies and gentlemen, this is another instance in which the degradation of our society is going mainstream.

Yes, same-sex couples entering into loving, committed, legal, civil marriages — not joking about AIDS or the stoning of gay people — is the “mainstream degradation of our society.”


Remember how conservatives were so angered over MSNBC host Martin Basher’s comments they succeeded in getting him off the air? Why is this not subject to their wrath? When will they denouncing this type of hate speech?

Let’s take a moment to remember that Pastor Swanson claims to be a man of God. Should Pat Robertson stand up and denounce this rhetoric?

Whose God would think this ugly hate speech is OK?

Sadly, this kind of anti-gay hate speech masked as righteousness and biblical correctness is standard for the religious right — and especially for Swanson and Buehner.

As The New Civil Rights Movement reported last January, Swanson warned that if Colorado allowed civil unions for same-sex couples, gays would end up burning Christians at the stake, and homeschooled children would be given over to pedophiles, like the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).

In October, Swanson called for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies because, he claimed, they support lesbianism, feminism, abortion, and communism.

And in November, Swanson claimed that putting convicted pedophiles in charge of daycare is “the goal” of ENDA.

Again, whose God would think this commentary is OK?

Transcript and audio via Right Wing Watch

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Merv9999 January 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I'll never get the appeal of Christianity. It's such a violent, hateful religion.

peterblaise January 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm

… as practiced in public.

psdesertrat January 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm

I think we should have a float demonstrating how feeding xtians to the lions worked :-)

SeanLiberty13 January 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm

But you know "don't" call him a Nazi even as he advocates killing gay human beings just for breathing. Hitler would be so proud of that blood thirsty barbarian.

weshlovrcm January 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

First of all, you have to read the Bible in order to use it effectively. Let's pretend like "homosexuals" are the ones being sited in Leviticus. The part about stoning them is removed later by Jesus. Grace supersedes the Law. So, there is no "stoning" allowed in Christianity. Secondly, these are the same violent ideas flouted by Nazis in their antisemitic propaganda campaign leading up to the Holocaust. The real degradation of our society is when the agents of darkness misuse the Bible to support violence and hate.

Merv9999 January 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

The assertion that gay people should not be subject to execution according to Christian beliefs is hardly universal among Christians or across time. Execution of gay people was common in Christian societies up until the 1800s. Even today, very influential Christian intellectuals advocate execution of gay people by stoning (RJ Rushdoony and Gary North).

raoul_fernandez January 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Seems "christian intellectuals" ought be oxymoron. This whole conversation by these 2, and the christian assertion that gay people are to be executed, as well as a whole host of other offending humans, just cements my opinion of it being one of the most deluded and hateful beliefs out there. I agree there is real and present danger of this faith system being utilized for the degradation of our society right now. Our country is not theocratic; those with the strength to do so in our govt must stand up for the fact that it isn't.

123Coffee456 January 8, 2014 at 2:38 am

Republicans. Right Wings. Christians. Disgust. Me.
I disagree with ALOT OF PEOPLE. People who are doing ACTUALLY WRONG THINGS: like, abusing women, taking women's rights to their reproductive parts, calling me (a 'lesbianic' feminist) the height of all evil.. you know, that kind of shit. Anyways, despite these humans doing disgusting things IT HAS NEVER EVER EVER CROSSED MY MIND TO PUBLICLY STONE THEM. OR STONE THEM EVER.
Can we please prevent them from reproducing? Simple castration could help weed out future psychos like this.

LanceBoil666 January 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Perhaps it's time to feeds these jerks to the lions again and remind them what it was like.

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