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Mississippi lawmaker says he never endorsed that gays be ‘put to death’

Says he was misinterpreted, now receiving death threats
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Mississippi lawmaker, who earlier this month invoked an Old Testament Bible passage on his Facebook page that calls for gays to be “put to death,” says he never endorsed the killing of gays, and that he and his family have received death threats after his comments were misinterpreted.

Andy Gipson

In a statement issued Monday, GOP State Representative Andy Gipson, a Southern Baptist Minister and business attorney from Braxton, Miss., said he has “never publicly or privately called for the killing of any people.”

“I believe all people are created in the image of God and I stand firmly for the sanctity of all human life. All people are entitled to the protection of the laws of our nation and state protecting human life,” Gipson said in his statement.

“Any reasonable person who reads the actual post can see that both scriptures were cited only for the proposition that same-sex marriage is morally objectionable — sin. I believe this reflects the values of the vast majority of Mississippians and the people of District 77 whom I represent.”

The statement comes in response to growing outrage from within the LGBT community and its allies over a comment Gipson posted May 10 on Facebook regrading President Barack Obama’s support for marriage equality.

“Been a lot of press on Obama’s opinion on ‘homosexual marriage,’” Gipson wrote (screenshots here).

“The only opinion that counts is God’s: see Romans 1:26-28 and Leviticus 20:13. Anyway you slice it, it is sin. Not to mention horrific social policy.”

Leviticus 20:13, an Old Testament Bible passage, reads:

“If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

In a follow-up comment, Gipson also wrote that homosexuality was an “unnatural behavior which results in disease, … is harmful to children” and that same-sex marriage weakens our culture.

After Gipson’s comments were made public, he refused to back away from them, posting, “I do not, cannot, and will not apologize for the inspired truth of God’s Word.”

Gipson told MSNBC on Monday that he has received threats by phone and email, as well as a death threat against his family, which he reported to authorities.

Gibson also said his Facebook profile, which disappeared on Monday, was disabled by Facebook for “suspicious activity” because, he said, someone tried to hack into it. Gibson said he did not delete his page and is working to have it restored.

Prior to his Facebook profile being disable, Gibson’s comments, however, were deleted — shortly after they became public. Screenshots of the page, containing the comments, are here.

Gipson is not the only pastor to make news recently for suggesting violence against gays.

In North Carolina, Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church called for gays and lesbians to be exterminated by locking them behind an electric fence and waiting for them to die.

And Sean Harris, the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., told his congregation that they should “beat the gay” out of their children.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. folks need to get a grip and shut the f-up, talk is cheap but then u consider the souce and think :-O, folks need to stand firm and look at things for what they are not what the seem or we want them to be. n due time all will fall into place or not.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 2:56pm
  2. It’s 2012 and we still have to deal with this shit.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 2:59pm
  3. no he did not advocate violence BUT he PREACHED it t othe southenr redneck morons ..THEY d o his bidding

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 2:59pm
  4. This guy is full of shit, directly or indirectly, he and we all know what he meant by it. I think the fine folks of Mississippi should be embarrassed that their representative doesn’t have the balls to stand up for what he means.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 3:05pm
  5. I think it also says the body is a temple in the old testament so your telling me a little old lady who has her ears pierced but has believe and worshiped god ALL of her life will burn in hell….I doubt that just cause we are gay doesn’t mean we can’t believe in god it’s 2012 I wish these people would just shut the hell up already

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 3:07pm
  6. If he backpedals faster, he might actually be able to reverse the Earth’s rotation and travel back in time. Lol.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 3:11pm
  7. first of all, its horrible 2 make death threats…to gays or to this persons family…secondly gay are no different from everyone else so dont hope for their death

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 3:16pm
  8. Yes, and Hitler wanted to send the Jews to summer camps.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 3:44pm
  9. Now this is getting way to ridiculous. First of all it says in the bible that murdering a person gay or not is consider a sin. This guy who is threatening us by saying we should be put to death. Are you kidding me, dude ONLY GOD can make that decision not another human being. GOSH Yea it’s 2012 people get over yourself. Gosh no wonder our world is so fucked up. People like him. These people making these type of actions should not be representing anything. The people of Mississippi probably feel shame, for this dude. I know I would if one of those asshole was one of our important people of London.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 4:16pm
  10. let me guess, he misspoke

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 4:26pm
  11. sounds like a closet case

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 4:35pm
  12. Thanks for letting the public know that you didn’t endorse your thought. Way to go representative incompetent.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 4:49pm
  13. bet the fucker has never met a gay person. thats what pisses me off the most. they talk so much shit but dont even know the person. hope he has gay family members and this douche feels like a dick for talking like a fucking 2 yr old. that “i dont like it or know anything about it so lets kill it” mentality. bullshit

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 5:12pm

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 5:44pm
  15. Enough with the offensive language and the confrontational attitude – and that includes every single one of us. As for the legislator, if he didn’t mean it, why did he say it?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 7:03am