Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities. These groups’ influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the “facts” they disseminate about homosexuality are often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations. Of the 18 groups profiled below, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will be listing 13 next year as hate groups, reflecting further research into their views; those are each marked with an asterisk. Generally, the SPLC’s listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods — claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities — and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups. —Southern Poverty Law Center
Comment by Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod Church official, Paul T. McCain, on his Cyberbrethren blog, 2003: “The ordination of women as pastors has led, yes, even demands, the ordination of homosexuals. If Scripture’s clear statements that prohibit the ordination of women as pastors can be ignored, or reinterpreted, so also every verse that speaks negatively about homosexuals. What’s next? One shudders to think. What is there in Scripture that would prohibit a loving, consenting relationship between boys and men?”
Missouri Synod Lutheran Church official, Paul T. McCain, has equated loving, adult gay relationships as the moral equivalent of adult men raping, sodomizing, and molesting adolescent boys! The fact that this comment is more than ten years old is irrelevant. McCain has never apologized, recanted, or withdrawn this and other fear and hate-inciting statements against peaceful, law-abiding gay and lesbian Americans; statements that he has published and circulated on the World Wide Web.
This unrepentant bigot hides behind the black robes of orthodox Christianity as a cover for his vile hate speech. It isn’t as if Mr. McCain (I cannot give social respect and recognition to this bigot by referring to him as “Rev.” or “Pastor”) is simply stating his religious conviction that same sex activity is immoral and sinful. That is protected speech under our Constitution and I would defend Mr. McCain’s right to make such a statement. This regrettable, but yet protected religious speech, however, is quite different from Mr. McCain’s vitriol (no matter how hypocritically laced with adjectival gooey statements of the compassion and love of Jesus of Nazareth in which he may attempt to couch it) in trotting out old stereotypes to fan the prejudices of a vicious, vocal minority of gay-hating Americans.
Imagine if Mr. McCain had made the statement that Black Americans live under the Curse of Hamm, the “dark” son of Noah, and that due to this curse Blacks have a higher predilection for sexual promiscuity and rape. The world would be outraged and demand this man’s removal from office by the authorities of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod and the Board of Directors of the LCMS publishing house, Concordia Publishing House today. Mr. McCain would be out of his job within hours.
Yet this bigot equated adult gay relationships to the rape and sodomy of adolescent boys OVER TEN YEARS AGO and remains in his post as a prominent official of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod; continuing to spew his bigoted anti-gay hate speech across the World Wide Web, often using pseudonyms on right-wing blogs, such as on Cranach, the Blog of Gene Veith (there he uses the pseudonym “Amsdorf”), to hide his true identity, giving him unfettered capacity to continue his now decade-long campaign of self-righteous, gay-bashing behavior.
All freedom-loving Americans of good conscience must call on the The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod and the Board of Directors of Concordia Publishing House to demonstrate to the world that they are not accomplices and enablers of the Peddlers of Hate; hate-mongers who march in lock step with such hate-spewing social pariahs as fundamentalist Muslim mullahs, the KKK, and the Neo-Nazis. The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod and it’s publishing company must fire Paul T. McCain as Publisher and Executive Editor of Concordia Publishing House, and must do it now!
From: Concordia Publish House
Official publishing house of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
Paul T. McCain, Publisher and Editor
|The Reverend, Paul T. McCain
Publisher & Executive Director of Editorial,
Concordia Publishing House
Official publishing house of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
Ordained minister and a member of leadership in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
Full text by Paul T. McCain on his blog:
Cyberbrethren blog, 2003
Where This Begins . . . And Ends
Some reflections on the week’s events at the Episcopalian Church USA’s
The one very important thing to note that has not been clearly pointed out is that the ECUSA headed down this slippery slope when they approved the ordination of women years ago. And of course this was all made possible when they embraced the higher critical method of Biblical interpretation decades before. When the binding authority of the Sacred Scriptures is rejected, the result is nearly inevitable. The ECUSA has given aid and comfort, for decades, to heretics like Bishop Spong.
Therefore, the level of “shock” at the most recent turn of events in the ECUSA is really not justified, given their history over the past several decades. Why any church that calls itself “Lutheran” would even think of full communion with the ECUSA is simply beyond my ability to comprehend.
The ordination of women as pastors has led, yes, even demands, the ordination of homosexuals. If Scripture’s clear statements that prohibit the ordination of women as pastors can be ignored, or reinterpreted, so also every verse that speaks negatively about homosexuals.
What’s next? One shudders to think. What is there in Scripture that would prohibit a loving, consenting relationship between boys and men? Or who can now judge the love shared among multiple couples of various genders, all sharing a group marriage? Who dares to impose their interpretation on such things? Who can say such things are sin if love there is enjoyed and expressed? As the homosexual bishop put it, who could say all these expressions of love are not gifts from God and hence sacramental? What about bestiality? Can we say that this is not also an avenue for God’s sacramental love expressed between his creatures? The same thinking, the same principles, the same presuppositions and logic, require all these things to be accepted as well. Otherwise, how could they avoid the charge of being close-minded, treating Scripture as a rulebook, practicing “proof texting” and the like.
The ordination of women in the church is a failed experiment of monumental proportions. It is responsible for the importation into the church of alien doctrines of theology (the doctrine of God), anthropology (the doctrine of man) and Christology (the doctrine of Christ), etc. It has introduced a feminist world-view that twists and distorts the Biblical text. The qualification for the pastoral office, that the office holder be a male, is very clear. Discarding this Biblical mandate has led to a whole host of other theological distortions, errors and heresies…