I saw David Blankenhorn’s post below reporting the Maryland pastor’s comments about supporters of same-sex marriage being “worthy of death.”
As a Catholic Christian who supports the conception of marriage as between one man and one woman, I find Pastor Anderson’s abuse of Sacred Scripture appalling and his words gravely irresponsible. And I find it equally appalling and gravely irresponsible that the main director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance did not call out Pastor Anderson for his gravely irresponsible comments.
I was one of the people who urged David to reconsider his statement about animus. Of course there are some people who use violent rhetoric against gays and lesbians. I don’t know how many people there are.
But, right now, that’s beside the point. The fact that there are some people, like Pastor Anderson, making such suggestively violent comments is deeply troubling, and deserves condemnation.
Pastor Anderson, you should know that taking Sacred Scripture and wielding it as a weapon in a way that could very well incite violence is an utter betrayal of your position as a minister of God’s Word.
And when it comes to sin, I urge you to remember Jesus’ words about the Pharisee and the tax collector.
And Mr. McCoy, I urge you to remember you duty as a public leader to defend the dignity of all persons. You know (or should know) that Pastor Anderson’s words, whatever their intention, are deeply misguided and irresponsible; that they encourage the demonic idea that violence against one group of people is justified in the name of God. Your failure to act as an instrument of peace in this forum is scandalous.
I would remind everyone that Pastor Anderson does not speak for Jesus. Read the Gospels and read his own words, and see how he lived, and how he commanded his followers to live.
And for an indication of how many of the people I know who are trying to follow Jesus today see it, please read this statement, Always Our Children, from the U.S. Catholic bishops.
The bishops state emphatically that, “Respect for the God-given dignity of all persons means the recognition of human rights and responsibilities. The teachings of the Church make it clear that the fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended and that all of us must strive to eliminate any forms of injustice, oppression, or violence against them (cf. The Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, 1986, no. 10). It is not sufficient only to avoid unjust discrimination. Homosexual persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2358).”