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Mississippi's Republican state representative and minister Andy Gipson used Facebook to call for putting to gays to death, just as the Bible states

Mississippi's Republican state representative and minister Andy Gipson used Facebook to call for putting to gays to death, just as the Bible states

Baptist minister and Republican Rep. Andy Gipson, from Mississippi, allegedly called for putting gays to death on his Facebook after Obama and Biden announced that they support marriage equality.  Stating that homosexuality is unnatural and harmful children.  Unity MS flagged the posts Gipson allegedly posted on Facebook.

According to Stephen D. Foster Jr of Addicting Info website, Gipson posted on May 10, "Been a lot of press on Obama's opinion on "homosexual marriage". 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."

Later on his Facebook page, which apparently was shut-down, but Unity MS captured, Gipson is said to have posted that homosexuality is unnatural and causes disease.  Then Gipson allegedly stated, "According to Leviticus 20:13, "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."

According to MSNBC, Gipson's Facebook page disappeared Monday, but Gipson stated he did not delete it. Accordingly, Facebook disabled the page for "suspicious activity".  Gipson also told MSNBC that he is working to get his Facebook page up again, but apparently someone hacked his account.

However, Huffington Post reported that Gipson stated that he does not want gays dead, but they are still sinners, sharing his full, written statement concerning gays and same-sex marriage, as though no one hacked his Facebook account and made the statements on his behalf.

I have 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.

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.

Unity MS called for him to apologize via a petition on change.org, but according to Addicted Info and Huffington Post Gipson refused, allegedly stating:

"To be clear, I want the world to know that I do not, cannot, and will not apologize for the inspired truth of God's Word. It is one thing that will never change. Anyone who knows me knows I also believe that all people are created in God's image, and that all people are loved by God, so much so that He gave us the truth of His Word which convicts us of the reality and guilt of our sin, and He gave us His Son Jesus who paid the full penalty for all our sins, by His grace through our faith in Him as we repent of our sin. John 3:16. It is this message that I preach every Sunday. I sincerely pray God will reach someone through this message."

Unity MS broke down each of Gipson's statements, saying that homosexuality does not equate disease, just as being heterosexual does not equate disease free.  The site also stated that homosexuality is natural and it exists in over 500 species.

The site did not state which species or give examples, but bonobos, for example, are bisexual.  Both males and females engage in both homo- and heterosexuality, but 60% of all sexuality is generally between two or more females.  The only exception is that mother and child do not have sex with each other.

They also do not seem to discriminate in their sexual behavior by sex or age, with the possible exception of abstaining from sexual intercourse between mothers and their adult sons.

Homosexuality has been reported for all great apes (including humans).

Secondly, they addressed same-sex parents, stating the research concerning children raised by gay parents end up with normal self-esteem and churches telling children homosexuality is unnatural and sinful is what really does harm.

Love is a simple concept for children to grasp; bigotry and hate are what confuse and harm children (and adults).

The site does not mention which species or tells anything about a particular species, but 25% of swans, as seen in the link concerning "same-sex parents", are homosexual pairings, most of whom mate for life and become parents, according to Care2.  These pairings will steal nests with eggs in order to become parents or sometimes form a threesome, then chase of the third partner, so that the gay or lesbian parents can parent alone.  The offspring of male pairings appear to fair better than other pairings.

More of their cygnets survive to adulthood than those of different-sex pairs, possibly due to their superior ability to defend large portions of land.

Lastly, Unity MS informed Gipson that same-sex marriage does not weaken a culture, but rather bigotry weakens a culture.  They added that when LGBTs have full equality under the law, our society would become stronger.

According to the Clarion Ledger, Gipson received death threats due to the statements made on his Facebook page, which authorities are looking into currently.  The Clarion Ledger also stated that he defended the statements made on Facebook.

"What I did intend and did say is that the Bible clearly defines homosexual conduct as morally wrong – a sin," Gipson posted in response.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
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