Colorado State Representative Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs) is no stranger to making completely crazy statements, especially when it pertains to marriage equality and other social issues like abortion or healthcare. He also once said President Obama was possessed by demons, in a book no less.
News of Ireland’s legalization of same-sex marriage provided Klingenschmitt the perfect opportunity to take to his show “Pray in Jesus Name News” and spout off more of his fundamentalist Christian crazy rhetoric. On May 29, Klingenschmitt, who in addition to being a politician in Colorado, is also a televangelist and former chaplain for the military, said,
There was a time when it was said that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. Now I’m concerned the snakes have returned to Ireland.
Obviously concerned that his analogy may fall on ears of those unable to comprehend what he said, he then provides a clearer explanation.
When I say snakes, I’m not talking about physical snakes, I’m talking about the demonic spirits inside of some of the people you see parading their sin in pride around the country, rejecting not just the Catholic Church but rejecting Jesus Christ himself.
Or, perhaps people are realizing what two consenting adults do in their bedroom is absolutely none of anyone else’s business. Perhaps, people are seeing that love is love and two people of the same-sex can and do freely and fiercely love one another just as much as two people of the opposite sex. Perhaps, just perhaps, civility and progress are you know. . . progressing.
But no, Klingenschmitt is sure it is a rejection of Jesus Christ that is to blame for “dirty sinners” receiving equal rights. Never mind the fact that in their own teachings – everyone IS a dirty sinner.
Jesus Christ defined marriage between one man and one woman. . . Maybe it’s time for another St. Patrick to go back into Ireland and preach the good news that Jesus can make you free from sin and drive out the snakes once again.
Truth be told, I only see one snake – and he apparently makes a lot of videos about how his faith makes him the imperial wizard of morality. Newsflash, Mr. Klingenschmitt, not everyone subscribes to your brand of Jesus juice, nor are they required to live their lives based upon your code of morality.
Watch Klingenschmitt liken LGBTQ people to demon-possessed snakes here:
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