LARKSPUR, Colo. — The pastor of an independent Presbyterian church in suburban Colorado Springs, told a local television station that he equates homosexuals to child molesters, cannibals, and rapists.
Pastor David Beuhner of Christ the King Church in Larkspur, Colo., has called for discrimination against the LGBT community as Colorado lawmakers revisit same-sex civil unions in this legislative session.
“If we embrace homosexuality, we’ll destroy society, we’ll destroy families, we’ll destroy everything. It’s not just that God hates homosexuals, there’s a reason why he hates it. If you break natural laws– you say you don’t believe in gravity, you jump off a building, you’re gonna die,” he said.
Beuhner is not only decrying the efforts of lawmakers and advocates for same-sex civil unions in the state, he is also calling for discrimination against gays.
“The word of god is quite clear. He’s destroyed every culture that has embraced homosexuality. The sin is similar to that of cannibalism and child molestation in the sense that it’s a sin against society,” Beuhner said. “I’m calling for discrimination against adulterers, rapists, murderers, homosexuals. Yes, we must discriminate as a society.”
Beuhner says his rhetoric isn’t hate — but love, as he is warning gays of the destruction they’ll bring to all if they don’t repent. He has also called on lawmakers to remove homosexuals from society.
“God’s law to the civil magistrate in terms of homosexuality says you should remove the abomination from the land, so that’s God’s instruction to the people who work up in the capitol who make our laws. That’s what they’re going to be held accountable for,” he said.
Charles Irwin, director of the Colorado Springs Pride Center, told KOAA-TV that Beuhner’s rhetoric is a view members of the local LGBT community find insulting, but not surprising.
“This is just par for the course for individuals that try to put fear into the LGBT community and spread hate,” said Irwin.