On Sunday, Maryland Pastor Dennis Leatherman delivered a sermon titled, “Homosexuality & the Bible,” during which he said, discussing homosexuals, “Kill them all. Right? I will be very honest with you. My flesh kind of likes that idea. But it grieves the Holy Spirit. It violates Scripture. It is wrong.”
Well, we’re relieved the only thing stopping Pastor Leatherman (I’m not even going to touch that one) is that he thinks his Bible says it’s wrong. Because, technically, it doesn’t.
Pastor Leatherman, whose church is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, also takes a page from Pastor Worley, and says:
Homosexuality is wrong. Amen, preach it. We need to put them all in prisons and we ought to fence them in. The same judgment on sodomy, God says the same consequences for sodomites is the exact same thing that should be for adulterers.
Yesterday, no doubt in response to the attention they are now getting in the media, the Chiurch on their Facebook page wrote:
Until the church is as upset about the adulterers & fornicators behind our pulpits and in our pews as we are about the sodomites in our streets, not much is going to change.
Pastor Leatherman is but one of a number of religious leaders thatÂ The New Civil Rights Movement has reported on who recently advocated killing, beating, incarcerating, or otherwise illegally attacking members of the LGBT community.
For example, today we also reported on aÂ 4-year old who was filmed singing â€˜Ainâ€™t No Homos Gonna Make It To Heavenâ€™ In Church. To thunderous applause.
Then there was North Carolina Pastor Charles Worley, who recently advocated genocide-loke camps for all gay people, andÂ North Carolina’s Beacon Baptist Pastor Tim Rabon, who asked parishioners, â€œwhat is stopping them from refining [sic] marriage as between a person and a beast? Weâ€™re not far from that.â€ And of course, there’s the now-infamous Pastor Sean Harris, whoÂ derided parents who donâ€™t â€œsquash like a cockroachâ€ the gay out of their children, and told fathers to “crack that wrist” of their boys if they seem effeminate.
These are not men of any God I can imagine.
Here’s a portion of the audio and a few choice excerpts from Pastor Leatherman’s sermon, which you can read in full here, thanks to Good As You’s Jeremy Hooper, who continues to be an amazing research for unearthing these offenses.
I resent the fact that the world backs us into a corner and makes us deal with issues that we really shouldnâ€™t have to deal with. Do you follow what I am saying? Particularly with our young people. Our young people ought not to be exposed to the subject that we are dealing with tonight, but the world has forced it upon them and we almost, not almost, we as a church have to say, â€œAll right, wait a minute. This is the truth on this issue.â€ And so that is where we are at.
And so I am going to speak tonight on homosexuality and the Bible. I hate even talking about this behind the pulpit, to be honest with you. I feel dirty just talking about it.
The first term I want to identify tonight and try to explain is the term gay. Homosexuals like to address themselves as being gay. The word gay means merry, exuberant, bright, happy. I do not use that term to identify a homosexual. I see nothing gay about that lifestyle. Forty years ago the term gay simply meant you were happy, you were carefree, your life was being lived in a very delightful way.
Remember the old song? When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah, hurrah. How many people remember that song? And we will all be gay when Johnny comes marching home. That was a good song. That was a song of victory and happiness and rejoicing. You canâ€™t sing that song today, not as it is written. That word has been twisted to mean something very perverse, to identify a lifestyle that is very dirty. There is nothing bright, happy or merry about the homosexual behavior.
The second … so that is the word gay. You are not going to hear me use it referring to that behavior. The second word, which is more of a technical term and is used primarily is the word homosexual, that term. It is a very specific term. It identifies what the lifestyle is. The word homo means same. Simply described, the definition is simply a homosexual is someone who is sexually attracted to the same sex, physically attracted to a person of the same gender.
There is another word that I believe the Church should have and should continue to use in this subject and that is the word sodomite. That is the biblical term for a person who is attracted physically to someone of the same sex, a sodomite. It refers to those who practice the perversion and sin of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah.
When the Bible or a Christian, a Bible student, refers to sodomites, they are not talking about the offspring of the people who lived in sodomites, like you would the Edomites or the Israelites. It is being… when it is used in the Bible, it is being used to refer to a very particular lifestyle that was prominent in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
I use the term … there is another term that I want to use that doesnâ€™t… that we are using to deal with this issue and that is this: perversion. Someone says that… someone makes a reference to a pervert. And we have a mental picture in our mind of what they are talking about. The word perversion or to pervert has a very simple meaning. It means to take something that is good or something that is of integrity and twist it into some thing it was not originally intended to be. That is what it means. You can take a steel beam and pervert it. You take that steel beam and you twist it into a shape it was not designed to be. Do you follow what I am saying? And so when we talk about a perversion, we are talking about something that was originally good and had been twisted into something other than what God intended for it to be.
So we have the term gay, which we reject, I reject. That is totally inappropriate to use that. it is deceptive to apply that term. You have the term homosexual, which is a very accurate, technical definition, a term. You have the biblical term sodomite which is what the Bible refers it to. So number one are terms. We have laid that there.
Homosexuality, according to these passages is a conscious decision to reject the moral standards of God. People consciously decided to do this.
Are some born homosexual? Are some born with homosexual tendencies? Are people born with effeminate tendencies? My answer is sure. And some people are born with a tendency to be a liar. And some people are born with a tendency to be dishonest and to steal and some people are born with a tendency to be violent. Of course we have sinful tendencies. We are sinful human beings. And just because I am born with a tendency towards something does not justify it. To be… have a tendency to be effeminate or homosexual is just as wicked as to have a tendency to be a womanizer.
Sinful nature does not justify sinful behavior. Now what is our take? What is our response? I appreciate your bearing with me tonight. First of all, there is a danger of reacting in the flesh, of responding not in a scriptural, spiritual way, but in a fleshly way. Kill them all. Right? I will be very honest with you. My flesh kind of likes that idea. But it grieves the Holy Spirit. It violates Scripture. It is wrong.
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‘I’m Broke’: One Day Before Shutdown and With No Plan McCarthy Says He Has ‘Nothing’ in His ‘Back Pocket’
Just 30 hours before his own Republican conference likely will have succeeded in shutting down the federal government of the United States, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy candidly admitted to reporters he’s run out of ideas.
Earlier Friday in an “embarrassing failure,” 21 House Republicans killed legislation from their own party, a short-term continuing resolution, that would have kept the federal government open.
Later on Friday afternoon, swarmed by reporters, McCarthy was asked if he was going to tell them what his plans are. He sarcastically replied, “No, I’m going to keep it all a secret.”
When pressed, he said he would “keep working, and make sure we solve this problem.”
“What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?” another reporter asked, pressing him for an answer.
“Nothing right now. I’m broke,” he admitted, apparently referring to options and ideas to avoid a shutdown.
But another reporter asked Speaker McCarthy the main question: Would he partner with House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries to put the Senate’s bill before the House.
He refused to answer.
After Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) failed House vote to keep the federal government open…
Reporter: “What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?”
McCarthy: “Nothing right now. I’m broke.” pic.twitter.com/pB2SWhOSVr
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2023
Just before 5 PM CNN’s Manu Raju reported on the ongoing House Republicans’ closed-door meeting with the Speaker, a meeting where the 21 Republicans who will likely be effectively responsible for the shutdown reportedly did not attend.
“McCarthy is telling [Republicans] now there aren’t many options to avoid a shutdown, according to sources in room. He says they can approve GOP’s stop-gap plan that failed, accept Senate plan, put a ‘clean’ stop-gap on floor to dare Democrats to block it — or shut down the government.”
He adds, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) largely responsible for the impending likely shutdown and the impending possible ouster of McCarthy said: “We will not pass a continuing resolution on terms that continue America’s decline.”
At midnight Saturday Republicans will likely have succeeded in furloughing 3.5 million million federal workers – two million of them service members in the U.S. Armed Forces – and countless contractors, while financially harming untold thousands of businesses that rely on income from all those workers to keep running – unless Speaker McCarthy puts a bipartisan continuing resolution approved by at least 75 U.S. Senators on the floor, legislation every House Democrat is likely to vote for.
Should he do so, many believe he will have also signed his own pink slip.
But whether or not the government shuts down, and whether or not McCarthy puts the Senate’s CR on the floor, according to The Washington Post the far right extremists in his party are already moving to oust him “as early as next week.”
The Biden campaign is making certain Americans realize the blame for the impending shutdown sits at McCarthy’s feet.
Here is Kevin McCarthy a few months ago praising the deal he made with President Biden to avert a government shutdown, which he is now reneging on pic.twitter.com/B4rVNzNXkZ
— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) September 29, 2023
At 6:23 PM Friday evening, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman wrote on social media: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN.”
Watch the videos above or at this link.
‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert
“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”
CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”
Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”
With breakthrough for Georgia DA (@TamarHallerman reporting: “SCOTT HALL has become the first co-defendant in the Fulton election interference case to take a plea deal with prosecutors.”)
That spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell.
Example of alleged joint actions.👇 pic.twitter.com/odMM5C7JtX
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 29, 2023
See the graphic above or at this link.
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“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.
NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”
“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”
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