Pastor, church in Oklahoma threatened with death, destruction for standing against homosexuality

by Jack Minor –

 

In a disturbing trend, “gay” groups are becoming more violent towards those who do not accept their lifestyle.

 

Last week, a pastor in Oklahoma received multiple death threats after he spoke for two minutes at a city council meeting in Oklahoma City, arguing against adding “sexual orientation” to the city’s anti-discrimination policy.

 

Paul Blair, Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma told the council that the law was unnecessary and would create an unfair burden on employers and could allow men to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms.

 

Following his remarks, Blair and the church have been threatened with violence.

 

A caller said “I have committed homicide more than one time and in more than one state – and yet have not been caught or charged. Think about that.” The caller then said “I will be coming to visit you at 1230 North Sooner Road. I will be seeing you, bringing you something.”

The individual placed several other threatening calls, including one hinting there was a bomb on the church property. “I suggest you listen to this message clearly. A (muffled) has been placed on your property in the building, as well as some visitors will be visiting Pastor Blair at his residence. This is just to let you know. Thank you. Detonate it, detonate.” The caller also threatened to sexually assault Blair’s wife.

Individual members of the church have also faced threats.

Blair told the Gazette, that they called the police after the first calls and were going to leave it at that, but that changed once the possible bomb threat materialized.

“We have a Christian elementary school with 32 students and five teachers. We also have services on Wednesday night,” Blair said. “At that point it stepped across the line from somebody venting and became domestic terrorism.”

The police came back out and searched the building. Blair said the police then turned the case over to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  

Blair said it was amazing that the threats against his church and himself have been largely ignored by the national media.

“If I would have left these types of threats on the voicemail of the local ‘gay’ alliance, I would have been in jail before sundown. It would have been on the front page of the new York Times and the lead story on CNN.”

The threats have motivated Blair to further action. “On Sunday, I announced to members of the church I was going to be running for the Oklahoma State Senate. I received a standing ovation.”

Blair said Christians in the churches need to get more involved in social issues. “We need to be winning people to Christ, that is number one, but then we need to be standing against ‘the unfruitful works of darkness.’ Unfortunately, we don’t do a good job at that. We wring our hands in church talking about how bad things are, but we don’t go out and engage it.”

The reaction of Oklahoma authorities is considerably different than that of police investigating a similar case in Illinois.

The Christian Liberty Academy, a ministry of the Church of Christian Liberty in Arlington Heights, Ill. was hosting a banquet sponsored by Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. The banquet was intended to honor Dr. Scott Lively, author of “The Pink Swastika.”

Prior to the banquet, chunks of concrete bricks were thrown through the school’s entryway. The bricks said “shut down Lively.” A note was also attached threatening more violence if the church and school didn’t stop inviting “homophobic” guests to speak.

The note read “This is just a sample of what we will do if you don’t shut down Scott Lively and AFTAH. F— Scott Lively. Quit the homophobic s—!”

Several hours later, AFTAH received an e-mail from individuals taking credit for the incident. “In the early morning hours of October 15th, we put two chunks of concrete through the glass windows and doors of the Christian Liberty Academy,” claims the author of the release, who identified himself only by a vulgar nickname. “We did this because at 6 p.m. today they will be hosting an event organized by the homophobic hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, that [sic] will be presenting an award to Scott Lively.”

 

The statement continued, “These chunks of concrete were thrown through these windows and doors for two reasons: to show that there is a consequence for hatred and homophobia in our community and to directly cause this event to be shut down. If this event is not shut down, and the homophobic day trainings do not end, the Christian Liberty Academy will continue to be under constant attack.”

 

Following the attack, local authorities investigated and subsequently said the attack did not qualify as a hate crime under Illinois state laws. The reason given was that state laws don’t address hatred of “homophobia,” so the incident is not defined a hate crime.

 

Rena Lindevaldsen an attorney with Liberty Counsel Action said the state’s position on the crime is indicative of a pattern of selective enforcement of hate crime laws. Lindevaldsen also said groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center which have labeled groups that support traditional marriage as hate groups are partially to blame for the attack. “these attacks are a direct result of groups like the SPLC stating that people who oppose homosexuality are members of hate groups.”

 

Arlington Heights police appear to have been following the lead of Attorney General Eric Holder with their belief the attack was not a hate crime.

 

During the debate on the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was signed into law by President Obama, Holder testified before Congress that pastors attacked for their beliefs against homosexuality would not be protected if they were attacked.

 

During testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) asked about a hypothetical situation where a minister gives a sermon, quotes the Bible about homosexuality and is thereafter attacked … by a gay activist because of what the minister said about his religious beliefs and what Scripture says about homosexuality. Is the minister protected?”

 

No, said Holder.

 

“Well, the statute would not – would not necessarily cover that,” Holder stated. “We’re talking about crimes that have a historic basis. Groups who have been targeted for violence as a result of the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, that is what this statute tends – is designed to cover. We don’t have the indication that the attack was motivated by a person’s desire to strike at somebody who was in one of these protected groups. That would not be covered by the statute.”

 

The bill was nicknamed “The Pedophile Protection Act” after Rep. Steve King proposed an amendment that would specify pedophiles could not use the law to protect their activities.

Majority Democrats flatly refused to consider the amendment.

 

Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, told WND the move was alarming because “this would be the very first governmental and societal disapproval of a sincerely held religious belief, held by a majority of Americans, namely that homosexual behavior is immoral.

 

“It’s the first time the federal government is writing into law a disapproval of that belief,” he said.

 

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., argued on the House floor all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected.

 

“This bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice and to guarantee that all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability or all of these ‘philias’ and fetishes and ‘isms’ that were put forward need not live in fear because of who they are. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this rule,” he said.

 

Stanley said, while he said he doesn’t believe there will be “immediate” prosecutions of pastors and churches for teaching the biblical injunction that homosexual behavior is sin, “I think the effect on speech and religious speech is nonetheless real.”

 

Ultimately, he warned that the homosexual advocates who have pushed the “hate crimes” plan consider this law just the first step “toward silencing Christians.”

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11 Responses to Pastor, church in Oklahoma threatened with death, destruction for standing against homosexuality

  1. Bembo says:

    Homophobes will soon be competing for space in the many jails across the US. Their well deserved place in society, together with their Racist cousins.

  2. feetxxxl says:

    its interesting that because one person makes a death threat, the entire gay community is characterized as being as radically violent. apart from when gays stood up to the police harrasment in a new york bar, when have mobs of homosexuals taken to the streets to burn cars, break windows and fire guns and plotted acts .that’s like saying in the 60’s, that all blacks were black panthers.

    this parallels the mindset that says that sodom was about homosexual gangs demanding to have group sex on an individual. since when was sexual assault and rape about sex? and where on this planet have there been homosexual gangs committing gang rapes. in the us, the majority of gang rapes are committed by heteosexuals in heterosexual prisons. in the mideast, this same act, a way to expressing cultural degradation, is committed solely by groups of heterosexual males.

    isnt tragic that so much ignorance has historically associated itself with those so many considered religious

  3. Gus says:

    It’s not ignorance. It’s deliberate dishonesty.

  4. Middleground says:

    How can this be constructive in any way? Violence cannot be an accepted policy of any group that strives to be protected from violence. The only outcome of such policies is to lose the support of the sensible public and feed the fear that violence and ignorance depend upon. Because someone is “homophobic” does not take away their rights. Opinions are not actions and it takes attention away from the more serious offenders, the ones who are not “afraid” of homosexuals, but actively seek to commit acts of violence against them. Did violence and intimidation stop people from being gay? So why would anyone think that violence and intimidation will make people accept it? Violence begets violence, the sad part is that the chosen victims are often not the ones who incited it. Pray that this does not become a rally cry for those without restraint.

  5. MrSpock says:

    In prison the sex is not male on female, it is male on male. The word homo means same, therefore it is homosexual sex, aka, sex between two of the same sex.

    Rape is most assuredly about sex. Without being graphic, the rapist performs a sexual act on the victim, that is why the rape kit looks for sperm. That came from having sex with the woman.

    Also, not every person who says homosexuality is wrong is guilty or perpetuating violence. I believe homosexuality is wrong, but so is adultery and fornication. I guess I should not say adultery is wrong because someone may say they are “oversexed” and therefore I am guilty of a hate crime against them.

    Of course, that would also mean that I should not ever recommend to anyone that they remain faithful to their spouse, after all I could be guilty of suppressing their sexual identity.

  6. Mary Waterton says:

    Homosexuality and other forms of immorality go hand in hand. Prisons are notoriously full of both violence and homosexuality. Coincidence? I think not.

  7. a.mcewen says:

    Now wait a minute. The article took a point of view which may not have been correct. Where is this a trend? Also, what “gay groups” have been threatening this pastor. it is a matter of “he said,” she said.”

    I have to agree with the comment that this article is deliberate dishonesty.

  8. Greg says:

    No doubt this is just another completely made up story fabricated by an anti-gay Christianist lobby that is desperate to paint themselves as innocent victims and all gay people as violent, militant thugs.

  9. So Much For Freedom of Speech says:

    You know what I find sad? People who are up in arms against religious groups that
    choose to speak out because their beliefs call for it. You selfish people act as if
    homosexuals are the only people targeted by Christians. Sin is sin. We do not
    discriminate. Of course there are Christians out there that are homophobes. There
    are atheists that are homophobes. That is not the point. The point is that Christians
    basic right of freedom of speech is being violated. The BIBLE is what we follow and it
    condemns homosexuality just like any other sin. Homosexuals are not unique yet you all
    treat them as if they deserve everything and anything they want. Why?
    Much of world is on their side now. Why do they get to be outspoken about
    what they believe is their right and yet we have to remain silent? A person who has a homosexual
    friend can be outspoken and stick up for them but if someone has a Christian friend who
    speaks out they are condemned and threatened. This isn’t about whatever random person
    thinks “rights” are. The point is that the very same rights you all are begging for the homosexuals to
    have you are taking away from others who do not agree. Learn to see past your ignorance
    and opinions. All you evolution believing atheists are just shooting yourselves in the foot.
    If we evolved as you think we did natural selection would have weeded out the nonexistent “homo gene”
    millions of years ago as it serves no purpose to survival. Those that don’t believe there is a homo gene
    yet are pro gay do not deserve to give rights to homosexuals based on sexual orientation as there is no
    proof it is anything other than a sinful way of life. God loves homosexuals. He died for them too. But that does not remove the fact that it is a sin and wrong. You cannot love God and love sin at the same time.
    I speak out about drunkenness, sex before marriage, lying, drugs, ect ect just as much as homosexuality.
    Again, it is not about the person. It’s about the sin.

  10. Gus says:

    You need a lesson in the First Amendment. What you’re suggesting has ZERO to do with freedom of speech. Christians would have a lot more credibility if they EVER spoke out against McDonalds and every other gluttony-dependent business or Wall Street and every greed-dependent business. Those who are gluttonous and greedy have no different rights under the laws of man than anyone else. Yet, you seek to limit the rights of gays under the laws of man. Show some integrity and consistency before you demand for respect.

  11. Elliott says:

    @ Gus
    What is at stake here are two principles. The first is freedom of religious expression in the public square ( 1st amendment protection). The second, is equal protection under the law (14th Amendment) and due process under the law (5th Amendment).
    While you may not believe in the Bible, this pastor does. Opposing the sin of homosexuality and granting an award to someone whose work strives against the promotion of the LGBT agenda, is protected. God hates sin (the behavior) but cares deeply for people (the sinner).
    That the Obama administration has replaced the rule of law with the rule of men, portends the end of our republic. An attorney general who picks and chooses which laws are to be enforced is setting our nation on a dangerous course.
    There are warnings in the Bible in the short Book of Jude (it’s the next to the last book). It makes clear that the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah were to be an example to future generations of the providential and supernatural consequences of the elevation, protection and promotion of homosexuality in any society.
    The reason for our declaring our independence as a nation was justified under the laws of nature and natures God. Both the laws of nature and of nature’s God give evidence that homosexuality is neither a part of the natural order of things, nor is it acceptable in God’s revealed Word, the Bible. These are two of the three ways in which God has revealed Himself to man.
    It was Joseph Stalin who opined that America could never be defeated militarily; however, if our morality, our religion and our patriotism could be subverted, our nation would fall like rotten fruit from a tree. What is promoted under the guise of tolerance is a subversion of both morality and its foundation. The family is the building block of any society. When this is undermined, that society will fall.
    The church has no obligation to highlight any particular cause, but does have the right to stand for Biblical principles regarding personal conduct and traditional marriage. Certainly the LGBT agenda has become the battle ground. Religious liberty and gay rights are irreconcilable, so long as gays have special protection under the law, even against speech that points to the immorality from a Biblical world view of homosexuality, as well as adultry, fornication, drunkeness, witchcraft and idolatry.

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