The latest in obscenely stupid attempts by the religious right to frighten its followers comes from Pastor Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio. He predicts a dystopian future in which the government will tear children from their homes and force them to live with pedophiles. But wait… there’s more. He also warns that gays will be burning Christians at the stake.
What event could possibly lead to such a terrifying future? According to Swanson, if Colorado passes a bill that will allow civil unions for same-sex couples, society will fall into chaos not seen since the reign of Emperor Nero in Ancient Rome.
Swanson: You need to understand the agenda here. What’s happening is they want homosexuals to be able to be involved in adoption and foster care as much anybody else. So picture a nice little homeschool family, just trying to do the right thing. An anonymous tip comes in, social services swoops in, they grab the kids in the year 2022 and the kids get remanded into a home with homosexuals and these particular homosexuals happen to be tied into NAMBLA and other things. You know what’s going to happen. There will be proper indoctrination into a certain kind of worldview, shall we say.
Buehner: One that the Bible calls for capital punishment. That kind of worldview. It’ll be a tragedy in that house.
Swanson: Yeah. It’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy. And I think there are a lot of concerned parents. There are concerned Catholic parents. There are concerned homeschool parents. And especially when you get a Regnerus study that comes out and says they’re ten times more likely to be touched sexually by a parent in a homosexual home than, you know, the normal American secular home. Wow. That’s frightening.
The discredited Regnerus study Swanson cites has been harshly criticized by social scientists. The study draws conclusions on homosexual parents without actually studying any homosexual parents. Despite being thrown out as junk research, Christians still point to this study to sway the simple minds of their flock.
Swanson continues, giving us his version of history:
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not the first time society’s had to deal with this kind of issue, but man, it is out of the closet, it is probably more significant, it is probably more widespread than it has ever been in the history of the world. Just remember about 100 years ago, you had three homosexuals in the world as far as anybody really knew. There was a Canadian named Robert Ross, an Englishman named Oscar Wilde, an American named Walt Whitman. They led the charge in the early 1900’s and wound up in and out of the prison system and in court and so forth for a period of time. And again, there was only about three that anybody knew of and it was hardly anything that was mentioned among the established world at that time, that is in Europe, Canada and America. But you did have those three men, as far as history bears out, Robert Ross, Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman were well-known for some level of homosexual activity, although they could not call themselves homosexuals at that time.
Well now, of course, it’s the most out of the closet and the encouragement to the homosexual lifestyle is everywhere and we have a problem that’s probably about 10,000 times if not 100,000 times worse than it was 100 years ago. I don’t know how far this one’s gonna go my friends. I’m not sure the world has ever gone to homosexual marriage. I think Nero tried it, it was very, very odd, very weird, very, very decadent for the Roman Empire. It’s about the worst the Roman Empire ever, ever got, under Nero. And of course the persecutions that came with Nero were intense for the Church of Christ in Rome at that time. Today, it might be a little different because you have a lot of quote-unquote apostate Christian churches that have adopted homosexuality and they will do their best to burn Christians at the stake or do what Nero did, I’m sure, in the years to come, because that’s sort of the history of homosexuals and what they have done ever since they were banging on the doors outside of Lot’s house.
Swanson’s knowledge of history is offensively ignorant.
‘100 years ago there were only three homosexuals in the world.’
So we have 1 Canadian, 1 Englishman and 1 American. That’s it. Who were they having this homosexual sex with? Each other? That’s a lot of traveling. Clearly, they had to be sleeping with other people. What about lesbians? Did they simply not exist 100 years ago? The daftness of his statements leaves me bewildered. How can anyone be this stupid?
He also doesn’t know his history of the Roman Empire. Christians love to cite homosexuality as the cause for the fall of the empire. This is patently wrong and scholoars have already refuted these claims by Christians. Swanson isn’t interetest in the facts or real history, much like his audience.
I also can not imagine homosexuals burning anyone at the stake. His suggestion is simply absurd. Historically, I can’t even find anything to support this claim. I can, however, find much in history to support Christians persecuting and burning homosexuals along with Jews, Muslims, Witches and atheists if they succeeded in making America a theocracy. It would be first on their to-do list.
Lastly, for Swanson to cite the bible–a book which I find contains some of the most immoral material in existence–to demonstrate his point, shows his inability to reason for himself.
In the story, two angels are guests at Lot’s house. All the men in town, young and old, bang on Lot’s door demanding that he let the men outside so that they can have sex with them. That is weird, I admit, but let me state that homosexuality is not perversion. If a gang of men want to rape two angels, that is perverted but it isn’t a homosexual act. Just like rape is not a sexual act but rather a violent one.
And what does Lot do? He offers this crowd of rapists his two virgin daughters so that they may “do what you like with them” (Genesis 19:8). Wow, that’s is some father there. Lot sounds like a piece of shit.
The crowd doesn’t want his daughters they want the men in his house. Now, remember, these visitors are described as angels. If they are truly angelic, maybe they give off some kind of “come fuck me” pheromones that made the towns people mad with lust. We don’t know if being in the presence of angels causes some sort of mental distortion to our reason and/or morality. If you are going to put angels in your story, anything goes.
If Lot offering his two virgin daughters to history’s most notorious gang rapists wasn’t offensive enough, later in this same chapter, Lot’s two daughters get their father drunk and have sex with him so that they can have his babies. Great. Now we have incest.
Swanson, do not try to cite moral behavior to me with your immoral book.
In the end, people are recognizing these kind of scare tactics for what they truly are. A sad attempt to sway people to the side of Christianity. The internet provides the individual with knowledge so churches and pastors no longer have the power they once had in controlling their followers. They are being challenged on every level and losing. Now, in a desperate attempt to hold on to their flock, they are using scare tactics that are nothing more than fantasy. Much like their religion.
I feel good when I see them grasping at straws. It means the secular movement is winning.