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08/28/2013

Foes of San Antonio's nondiscrimination ordinance recruit Linda 'homosexuality is Satan's plan' Jernigan

by Jeremy Hooper

At yesterday's rally against a San Antonio city ordinance that would simply protect LGBT citizens, Illinois "ex-gay" Linda Jernigan rallied the crowd:

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SOURCE: Black, Latino clergy rally against anti-discrimination law updates [San Antonio Express]

So why is this notable? Well, because Linda Jernigan has said some of the most offensive things imaginable about LGBT people. To wit:

Cap Header Final 0-9-- Claims expanding homosexuality is "Satan's plan"

-- Says: "To say that homosexuals have gay pride is an oxymoron because based on how they are and based on how they present themselves, there is nothing to be proud about" (at :35)
-- Says of gays: "The Devil has stolen their identity, he kills their joy, and then he ultimately destroys their lives"

-- Claims Christians have "a mandate from God" to "UTTERLY DESTROY any kingdom that attempts to oppose and defy the standards, laws, and principles of our God." Clarifies that this doesn't mean she wants to "promote violence towards homosexuals" but that she wants to "confidently annihilate demonic forces that oppose the expansion of the kingdom of God"

-- Claims homosexuality is "rooted in Satan" (at 1:51)

-- Claims "Satan's desire is to place the church under arrrest in our communications"

-- Says the gay rights movement was created by a "demonic spirit" and that it is what you will find at gay pride events today

-- Claims "you have to be in inebriated state" to perform some gay acts (at 7:20); says being in another state "allows the demons and the devil and his agenda" so that gays will be able to perform

-- Says (at 4:57) "if homosexuals don't want to go to hell..they need to put their faith and trust in Jesus and they too will be able to live in the truth of the Lord"

-- Says homosexuality is a "transformable behavior" like marijuana or cocaine (beginning at 6:27)
FULL: Linda Jernigan [GLAAD CAP]

This is pure animus. This isn't the kind of thing that demonstrates practical and pragmatic resistance to a certain ordinance. Linda Jernigan truly believes that gay people are controlled by Satan, and she is eager to tell anyone who will listen.

In effect, Linda Jernigan demonstrated exactly why nondiscrimination policies like the one under consideration in San Antonio are still so desperately needed. As long as she and her allies continue to put us in bed with evil, we are all vulnerable.

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