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04/20/2011

Video: And this year's Holy Week leper analogy comes from Houston's Sagemont Church

by Jeremy Hooper

When the following clip starts and Sagemont Church pastor Stuart Rothberg likens gays to lepers, one might think he's making an apt point about the way some modern day Christians treat LGBT people. But once the viewer realizes that Rotherberg's goal is to "lay hold of them...and communicate cleanness" the way Jesus once healed lepers (cooties be damned), the whole goodwill thing kind of crumbles. Then when the pastor follows that up by commanding that only gays have anything to learn from evangelicals and not the other way around ("if you find that the direction of influence is becoming less and less from you to that person and more from that person to you, I think you have to pull back a little bit"), whatever potential bridge ever existed becomes a bona fide chasm of separation.

Oh, but that's not all: As a bonus, be sure to stick around until around the 5-minute mark, when Rothberg accurately likens his opposite-sex attractions to someone else's same-sex attractions, but then commands that only the latter must be "regulated and bounded" into non-existence. Enjoy the Holy Week wishes:

And all this from a church in a city with an out lesbian mayor. Let's see a cootie-coated leper accomplish that feat!

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