Edward James, pastor at Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi, took to the grass-covered median in front of the Jackson Federal Courthouse to protest the “abomination” that is same-sex marriage.
The court struck down Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage just before Thanksgiving, bringing the state a little bit closer to joining the 21st century. Pastor James, holding a sign quoting Leviticus 18:22, dressed a horse in a wedding gown to show the inevitable path to wanton sin will lead us down.
Leviticus 18 is an Old-Testament chapter that makes almost everything a sin, and is often used by conservatives and religious zealots, as if there’s a difference, to show that God hates the gays. Pastor Edwards takes it one step further, suggesting that bestiality may be where we’re ultimately going:
Although [the protest] is ridiculous, so is the same-sex marriage status. That’s the point I’m trying to convey to Mississippians today, and I’m hoping that [U.S. District Court] Judge Reeves will reconsider his ruling and that Mississippi will stay a state that will only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.
Another sign Edwards held says:
Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse to have and to hold? This might even be possible if the band (sic) on same-sex marriage is lifted
Lift the band and the horse will follow. It’s all so clear now. The horse, whose name is Charlotte, is female.
It wasn’t so long ago that people were flocking together in Mississippi to oppose inter-racial marriage, using Bible verses and poorly spelled signs to display their hate and ignorance. Edwards has officially joined their ranks.
You’re right, pastor. Your protest is absolutely ridiculous.
Watch the pastor’s bigotry in this video from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: