Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Today in Christian Love: God Hates Fags ... So Shoot Them

Another day, another Hate Crime.

This time it’s Wayne Steven Odegard, of Minnesota, who harassed patrons outside a gay club in Minneapolis and then, just for fun apparently, because they were gays after all, he decided to shoot a gay couple with a BB gun.

The attack occurred last September, when Wayne Steven Odegard stood outside the Saloon bar and began hurling anti-gay epithets at the people waiting to get into the club, Shortly after his little homophobic tirade, he pulled out the BB gun and began shooting into the crowd of patrons and then ran. Tyler Erickson, the club’s security guard, who witnessed the entire altercation and pursued Odegard as he fled the scene.
"I ran after him and then it ended up he shot a different gay couple in the leg, with that gun and it went through his jeans and drew blood. He told me multiple times that I’m going to go to hell and he’s going to bring me with him. He recited a biblical passage — I think it’s a Deuteronomy passage." — Tyler Erickson
Erickson caught Odegard and held him until police arrived, charged and arrested the man for making terroristic threats; last month Odegard plead guilty to the charges in October and was sentenced to six months in jail, and ordered to undergo chemical dependency and psychological evaluations and attend anger management classes. In addition, given that his crime was based on the sexual orientation of his victims, the court raised his probation period from three years to five years.

Okay. So what?

Here’s so what: I blame every single one of those so-called religious anti-gay bigots, like Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, Bryan Fischer, Peter LaBarbera, Mike Huckabee, Brian Brown and Linda Harvey; I blame NOM and the FRC and the AFA.

For every single time they take to the airwaves to rail against gay folks, and quote the Bible, and pretend that they speak for God, they incite people like Wayne Steven Odegard to physically attack gay people just for being gay.

And yet, these same wingnuts, in the same breath, will rant and rave about how The Gays are out to destroy religion and harm the Christians, and rid the word of God-fearing individuals. And still I wait for that Hate Crime, the one perpetrated by a Gay Man or Woman, waiting outside a church, shooting a BB gun at a Christian couple and shouting anti-Christian epithets.

But that hasn’t happened. I have yet to see one incident of a gay person bashing, shooting, hurling hate speech, at Christians. And yet we have these losers and morons and haters telling their minions that we are an abomination, a sin against nature, and that God hates us; and because they do that, because they couch it in Freedom of Religion, they encourage people like Wayne Steven Odegard to attack gay people in the streets while shouting Bible verses.

I blame Wayne Steven Odegard for what he did in Minneapolis, but I also blame Fischer, LaBarbera, Brown, Perkins, Harvey, Huckabee and the rest.

They all played a part in that attack.

7 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Please work on poverty, fractured families, violence, mental illness, real hurting people - all you Christian leaders.

Mitchell is Moving said...

And dare I say it... Amen!

Frank said...

And to the extent that so-called "liberal" or inclusive, Christian churches/congregations do not speak up to clearly and unequivocally condemn such "Christian" hate mongers, they too are responsible. Remember, "Silence=death".

Bob Slatten said...

@Frank
You're so right about those "liberal" churches. They share the guilt too.

And thanks for the FB share!

Biki Honko said...

I totally and absolutely agree with you, 100%! Maybe when they shift thru his life if they find that he listened to or read their articles of hate they could be tried as accessory before the fact?

Maybe its time to round up a few thousand LGBT folks for a vigil protest outside of their churches?

anne marie in philly said...

religion is for dumbasses who can't/won't think for themselves. so they depend on the asshats you mentioned to tell them what to "believe".

Raybeard said...

My first reaction is inevitably - Why do such people always assume that we all believe in THEIR version of this 'God' - that is, if we believe in a god at all? If we did then we would be living our lives accordingly. But we do NOT!
Once confronted with that blindingly obvious fact their hostility ought to crumble, but it doesn't because they need to have their regular 'fix' of hate in order to justify their own tortured lives which, frankly, must be sheer misery - but which they are so insistent on sharing.