Bigot of the Day: Voddie Baucham

Voddie Baucham

Voddie Baucham is a preacher at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. On Saturday, he addressed the opening session of the 2011 National Religious Broadcasters, an annual gathering of Christian broadcasters that’s taking place in Nashville. According to The Christian Post, Baucham urged them “to not buy into the ‘gay is the new black’ propaganda, but instead to remain committed to defending biblical marriage on the airwaves.” Baucham lamented that some broadcasters have become reluctant to bash gays on the air:

“The reason is the homosexuals have effectively co-opted blackness…to where now, we actually believe gay is the new black and we actually believe homosexual marriage is a civil rights issue,” he explained.

“I’m insulted that people equate not just a sinful behavior but a behavior that’s a special category of sin called abomination with the level of melanin in my skin,” he said.

On a more positive note, the Rev. Cindi Love will appear Tuesday at the National Religious Broadcasters. Love, a former Dallas resident who now serves as executive director of Soulforce, reportedly is the first gay or lesbian leader invited to NRB. According to a press release, Love will participate in a Public Policy Debate on the church’s response to the gay rights movement. The panel will be moderated by socially conservative radio host Janet Parshall, and Love will square off with Joe Dallas, “former homosexual” and “ex-gay rights activist” and co-author of The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality.

“I’m grateful that the NRBC has offered me the opportunity to debate a prominent opponent of LGBT rights before an audience of Christian broadcasters,” Love said. “Christian media has played a major role in spreading and heightening anti-gay sentiment in the U.S. and around the world. The most recent horrific example has been in Uganda, where the use of media as a tool by American evangelicals to spread misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric about LGBT people and support anti-gay legislation has created a climate of hatred, violence and fear for the country’s LGBT population. By participating in this debate, I intend to confront the rhetoric that has cost lives around the world, and attempt to open up an honest dialogue that has been absent for far too long.”

—  John Wright

Anne Heche’s mother’s new homophobic book

Nancy Heche has written The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality” with co-author Joe Dallas. Great. Couldn’t he have found a different last name?

Heche’s hatred of gays goes back before her daughter Anne’s relationship with Ellen. Mother Heche’s husband was a closeted gay man who died of AIDS in 1983. Her bitterness comes through in the first few pages of the book that is available on Google Books.

What a load of crap.

Her co-author is a self-hating gay man who has been “struggling” with his homosexuality since the 1970s. He’s apparently been in and out of the closet for years. What’s most horrifying about this man is that he now counsels other gay men, causing them the same distress and guilt he feels, induced by some warped religious teaching.

You want to be miserable? Fine. You want to cause other people misery and counsel them into committing suicide? He should be arrested.

They should have stopped after their third sentence.

“If it doesn’t matter to God, it needn’t matter to us.

“There are, after all, countless issues for Christians to be concerned about. So in an age marred by terrorism, poverty, violence, and corruption at every level, some would assume that sexual morality is, by its nature, a secondary matter.”

Obviously their answer is no. It doesn’t matter what God thinks. Even though there are countless issues that people should be concerned about, this one makes money by pandering to bigots.

The book helps good Christians deal with vexing moral dilemmas. What should you do if a relative you love who is gay wants to visit with his partner? They give advice to “Christian” counselors who are treating gays and lesbians who have come to them for help. Why would any gay or lesbian go to a counselor who would take advice from this bitten woman and her self-hating gay partner?

I always enjoy when bigots misquote the Bible for their own purposes.

In a footnote, they cite 1 Corinthians 6:11.

The line I found was:

And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Their translation:

Former homosexuals are nothing new.

We can all translate. I’d interpret the line to mean that after being cleansed, even hateful people like Heche can become loving, accepting people.

In case you’re wondering about transgender issues, Heche devotes the entire last three pages of the book to the issue. Just find the right pastor and, despite surgery, you can begin living as the sex you were born.

Who really cares what this woman says? The only reason for her celebrity is her famous daughter’s bisexuality and that daughter’s relationship with someone America actually loves.

Sally Kern could use this book for some new rants if she ever runs out. It should become a best-seller.

—  David Taffet