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Pastor who said government should kill gays claims he was just preaching scripture

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pastor Curtis Knapp, of the New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas — who said in his Sunday sermon that the government should put gays to death — is not backing away from his comments, and said he was simply preaching what he believes to be “scripture.”

Knapp told KTKA-TV in Topeka, Kan., that he has nothing to be ashamed of for preaching against homosexuality, and cited the Biblical verse Leviticus 20:13: “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act. They shall surely be put to death.”

“We punish pedophilia. We punish incest. We punish polygamy and various things. It’s only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption,” Knapp said, adding however, that his hope for homosexuals “is for their salvation, not for their death.”

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Knapp said that since the audio recording of his Sunday sermon was posted on the internet and LGBT blogs and websites, including LGBTQ Nation, his voice mail filled up with messages saying “things you don’t want your kids to hear.”

In his sermon “Homosexuality and the Need for National Revival,” Knapp said that the government should put gays to death — after all, “that’s what happened in Israel.”

“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.”

A report on Knapp’s sermon, including additional audio, is here.

Preaching against homosexuality the same day, Pastor Dennis Leatherman of the Mountain Lake Baptist Church in Oakland, Md., said his “flesh” is intrigued by the idea of killing certain kinds of sinners, such as homosexuals and adulterers. Audio of that sermon is here.

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40 more reader comments:

  1. Want to know where you can shove your Scripture???

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:44am
  2. funny i dont ever recall the bible saying to perform genocide…..of sorts

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:45am
  3. lolno.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:46am
  4. Burning Bibles as we speak >:) F Your God.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:47am
  5. The Stupid People Leader!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:47am
  6. then preach the other disgusting, inhumane bits, too.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:48am
  7. When did he sell his daughters into slavery?

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:49am
  8. The scripture of hate!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:50am
  9. Pure sadness! Love not hate!

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:51am
  10. Stoning, and selling daughters into slavery will soon follow. But not on a Sunday, while they shouldn’t be watching football, w/ the pigskin and all.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:52am
  11. This is what happens when you allow Bronze Age superstitions into modern thought. It’s time to acknowledge Christians for what they are, soft-minded people who prefer superstition and comfortable fantasy over the sometimes cruel facts of reality.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:53am
  12. There is a reason for the separation of church and state.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:06pm
  13. *sigh* Comments like the one above from Paulo explains why the LGBT community never gets any support from the Christian community. There is a HUGE majority of Christians who are not attacking you or your beliefs, yet you go ahead and attack every single one of us with sweeping statements like that.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:07pm
  14. I still say 1. No more tax exempt status for ‘hate groups’ and 2. Jail time, long sentences, for those demanding murder of a group of innocents.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:14pm
  15. Exactly what I was thinking Stephanie Knauff….. Yall are so disrespectful ppl like you IS ONE OF THE REASONS Y VIOLANCE AGAINST GAYS HAPPENS….. PURE IGNORANCE ON BOTHESIDE…. 1 I AM A CHRISTAIN B/C I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST…. 2 I AM GAY…… PAULO DELASTELO YOU SADDEN ME IM WILLING TO BET…. WATEVER RELIOGN U PARTAKE IN (IF ANY AND THAT EVEN WORSE… ) HAS A STRIKIN SIMILARTY TO CHRISTAINITY….. 2 WHAT YALL FAIL TO REALIZE PPL WHO HATE GAYS ARE 99.9999% GAY AND MAD B/C THEY CANT EXPRESS THEIR TRUE SELVES

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:18pm
  16. “We punish pedophilia. We punish incest. We punish polygamy and various things. It’s only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption,” Knapp said, adding however, that his hope for homosexuals “is for their salvation, not for their death.” Well that sure as hell isn’t what he was preaching.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:20pm
  17. Ummmm what bible would you read that from? Oooo I know your own…MORON!

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:20pm
  18. As a Lesbian and a christian this sickens me on so many levels.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:22pm
  19. Scripture is not hateful… some men who sit behind the pulpit who proclaim to be “men of God” are the problem… There are many more Christians out there fighting for our rights than we will ever realize… imagine if they were not doing this where we would be… in concentration camps, facing the gas showers, gallows, firing squads, and ovens… I understand anger, but we- as a community- need to continue the fight for equality and call out those that call for our deaths- not against the religions of the world- b/c it is not the religions that are the problem….

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:24pm
  20. Nowhere in the bible says that gays should be killed, these fanatics make shit up and think that as long as they say It’s God’s word then it’s okay to spew such hatred.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:26pm
  21. Bullshit! We denounce organized religion because we’re sick to death of POS like this so-called pastor, and WE’RE, in part, responsible for violence against and lack of support for our community?? Really??! How about you go fuck yourself, along with this piece of garbage pastor!

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:32pm
  22. Yes Stephanie, because Christians are just misunderstood and have never done any harm to the world….rolls eyes… remember the Salem witch trials?

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:44pm
  23. Sorry but Christianity is as bad as the Muslim religion in my eyes… they are the two most arrogant and hateful religions and have both caused thousands and thousands of deaths.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:46pm
  24. And Skylark I can think of many hateful passages in Scripture… putting disrespectful kids to death, selling wives and daughters as slaves, stoning divorced women….seems pretty hateful to me!

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:50pm
  25. sounds like selective scripture to me.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:57pm
  26. More pic and choose from the bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:01pm
  27. I’m not an expert in theology, but as a child I’m pretty sure that I was taught that the New Testament kinda nullified the Old Testament. I might be wrong and if so, please correct me. However, if I am correct, isn’t all of their Biblical evidence against homosexuality in the Old Testament?

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:13pm
  28. How does one even respond to this?? He’s a bigot. He’s ignorant. He’s hateful. To say that his views are based in ‘scripture’ is to imply some spiritual basis for his opinions. He has no spiritual grounding to speak of… Just hate-mongering ignorance.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:17pm
  29. It was very selective scripture. It’s people like that who give Christianity a bad name. It makes me sick.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:18pm
  30. The reason Christianity is losing people is because of d-bags like this, and it will continue the trend as long as bible thumpers keep turning to hate mongering and violence.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:35pm
  31. It’s not solely because of guys like this that people leave Christianity. It’s biblical inconsistencies, self fulfilling prophecies, and the general consensus of fear-mongering that turns people away. This is simply gas to a pre-established fire.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 2:57pm
  32. EXACTLY!!! Thank you Mr. Knapp!!! I keep saying that the problem is not religion, it is Christianity-The BIBLE!!! This is why I simply do not understand the concept of a gay Christian.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 3:17pm
  33. Nature says that incest is wrong because the offspring turn out to be mentally, or physically challenged, and pedophilia is wrong because children are too young to be sexually active, and have not developed into adults yet, plus adults should mingle with other adults. Homosexuality is NOT wrong, because it’s only love, and is common in many different species, with no bad side-effects, or any thing wrong. That’s why we don’t punish homosexuality, because it’s NORMAL, just like heterosexuality, bisexuality, asexuality, and so on and so forth. We punish pedophilia and incest because it’s sick and not normal.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 4:47pm
  34. There is nothing wrong with two people who are not related genetically, falling in love, as long as it’s not a kid and an adult.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 4:48pm
  35. Not all religious people are bad though…

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 4:49pm
  36. Tax churches!

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 5:28pm
  37. Yes, he’s preaching the scripture quite correctly, which means he’s preaching evil.

    Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 7:02pm
  38. So when does he start preaching the part about mercy? As I recall, Jesus said it was what he desired above everything else. I won’t hold my breath for that sermon.

    Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 12:51am
  39. He wasn’t preaching Scripture. He was preaching his own personal Nazi version of Scripture.

    Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 12:57am
  40. How come he left the parts about love thy neighbor and do unto others. Why do all these so called Christians only use the parts of the bible that helps their cause. Don’t see bishop Jackson up there screaming the benefits of slavery but the bible says it is okay.

    Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 4:00am