Yeah, Gay People, ISIS, Not a Dime’s Worth of Difference

Gotta admit, until today I didn’t not know that the famous televangelist and scoundrel (albeit a pretty good musician) Jimmy Swaggart had sired a successor, named Donnie. According to Right Wing News, he’s quite a chip off the old Gantry:

Last month, Donnie Swaggart, son of the infamous televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, hosted a panel discussion on the “Frances & Friends” television program dedicated to discussing the controversy that had erupted in Houston, Texas, after the mayor’s office subpoenaed sermons and other materials from a handful of pastors as part of a lawsuit anti-gay activists had filed in an effort to overturn a local antidiscrimination ordinance.

During the show, Swaggart asserted that, like ISIS, gay rights activists in America would publicly behead Christians if they could get away with it.

“All of this is to shut the Bible up,” Swaggart declared. “They want the Bible gone. And I’m going to make a statement: These people that are trying to do this in Houston, the only difference between them and ISIS, those thugs in Iraq, is those here cannot chop our heads off. That’s the only difference. The heart is the same. The heart is the same. If they could silence us that way to intimidate others, that’s exactly what they would do.”

Give up your tax exemption, Donnie, and any government contracts you might have, and nobody will much give a damn about your bigotry.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.