Most people reading this would not attend a rally sponsored by a man who formed an organization based in part on killing gay people. But, in the this time of weird conservative politics, some Republican candidates attended enthusiastically. They were Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz.
In his opening remarks, the Executive Director of Generations With Vision, talk show host Kevin Swanson, said, “Yes, Leviticus 20:13 calls for the death penalty for homosexuals. Yes in Romans Chapter 1, Verse 32, the Apostle Paul does say homosexuals are worth of death–his words not mine. And, I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ…I am willing to go to jail for it.”
Swanson went on to say he is not advocating to public officials just now that homosexuals should receive the death penalty. They first should be given an opportunity to repent. Then, I assume, they should be put to death.
About 1700 people attended the event in a hotel in Des Moines. They paid just under $80 apiece to attend. According to a video Swanson’s remarks about death to homosexuals received cheers from the audience.
The three candidates were asked afterwards if they approved the organization’s position of the killing gays. None of the three would criticize what the organization stands for. They, instead, launched into their standard rhetoric about religious freedom and persecution of Christians. Those positions are especially ironic when Generations With Vision advocated killing people who do not agree with them.
It would be an understatement to say we are living in strange times.