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Is There An “America’s Ugliest Town” Contest I Don’t Know About?

Jim Burroway

May 31st, 2012

It seems that everyone is looking for their Big Viral Internet Meme in the sun. The problem is, some of those viruses are deadly. A pastor in Newton, North Carolina wants to round up gay people and put them in concentration camps; his flock stands behind him. Another pastor, Curtis Knapp of New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas, says that gays should be killed:

They should be put to death. That’s what happened in Israel. That’s why homosexuality wouldn’t have grown in Israel. It tends to limit conversions. It tends to limit people coming out of the closet. — ‘Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them, no?’ — I’m saying the government should. They won’t but they should. [You say], ‘oh, I can’t believe you, you’re horrible. You’re a backwards neanderthal of a person.’ Is that what you’re calling scripture? Is God a neanderthal backwards.. in his morality? Is it his word or not? If it’s his word, he commanded it. It’s his idea, not mine. And I’m not ashamed of it.”

Knapp later claimed that he really didn’t mean it, using words to suggest that he really, deep down, did. “We punish pedophilia. We punish incest. We punish polygamy and various things. It’s only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption,” he told CNN.

And then there’s the viral video of a four year old boy at the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana, singing, “Ain’t no homo’s gonna make it to heaven.” The congregation leapt to its feet in shouts and applause. Someone — a parent probably? — shouted “That’s my boy!” They loved it so much that they brought the kid up for an encore. Greensburg is where 14-year-old Billy Lucas killed himself because he was perceived as being gay. The community banded together for a massive cover-up, but Billy’s memorial page on Facebook told the real story, leading me to dub Greensburg America’s Ugliest Town.

And you know what? It apparently still is, although several other pastors are trying to put their own towns in the running.



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Bunch of Fred Phelps wannabees.

May 31st, 2012 | LINK

Some people don’t understand their own religion.

Regan DuCasse
May 31st, 2012 | LINK

When children grow up in a church like this, Billy Lucas became a victim of this rhetoric that literally makes entertainment of anti gay hate. Of course they’d deny it manifests in violence and tragedy. They’ll deny they condone such violence, or that’s what they meant to teach any children.
Billy Lucas was a beautiful, gentle boy who didn’t hit anyone, didn’t want anything more than to be left in peace.

When little boys like this have grown up to have to endure a prison sentence because of being taught such things about gays, do those parents cheer then and express pride in what they taught their children?
I think not.

Such cowardice and hypocrisy of purpose can take the breath away.

June 1st, 2012 | LINK

I feel badly for any LGBT child that has to grow up in that environment. How can you convince them that “it gets better” when they can’t even see the light at the end of the tunnel?

I really hope that cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York have better resources then they did back in the 80s, so that runaways, who are able to make their way here from those ugly places, have a safe haven to get to.

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