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Pastor Wants to Hang 'Bloody Scalps' of Pro-Equality NY GOP Senators 'Over the Senate Rail' as Warning to Others

Following an interview with NOM's Maggie Gallagher on his radio show Wallbuilders Live with co-host Rick Green earlier this week, Evangelical pastor and conservative activist David Barton came up with a rather graphic solution to making an example of the four NY GOP Senators who voted to pass marriage equality.

Barton Said Barton:

"No disrespect to our Native American friends, but this is where you hang a bloody scalp over the gallery rail. You hang these four Republican scalps over the Senate rail and every other Republican senator looks up and sees those scalps and says, ‘my gosh, I’ll be hanging up there beside them if I don’t stay with this pro-family stuff.’ And that’s exactly what has to happen."

Listen to the audio at Right Wing Watch.

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  1. He's nothing more than a terrorist and should be arrested for issuing violent threats against a political figure. This is a criminal act, illegal to threaten any politician in our society with violence. Barton should be arrested and charged to the fullest extent of the law.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Aug 11, 2011 12:07:24 PM

  2. Sure, sane people don't see this as a death threat. It's the INSANE, RABID ones that see it as a call to action, and that's what is scary about his quote.

    Such a nice, Christian man.

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 11, 2011 12:09:28 PM

  3. @David Ehrenstein:

    It was me, not Northoftheborder who told you to get real. And I'm telling you, as a lawyer, that the full force of the law can't touch this guy, as stupid and reprehensible as his remarks were.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 11, 2011 12:13:06 PM

  4. Another peace loving christian giving people of faith a shining reputation as tolerant and accepting. Good work kook.

    Posted by: Jim | Aug 11, 2011 12:18:35 PM

  5. I think Robert in NYC is correct. He is nut-job and a dangerous nut-job at that. Remember Sarah Palin's rifle scope crosshairs, oh excuse me, "surveyor's marks" and what they led to with Representative Giffords.
    He needs to be prosecuted for terroristic threats. the progressive people of this country can no longer be passive, they must start being more pro-active and not just reactive.

    Posted by: jerry | Aug 11, 2011 12:19:08 PM

  6. @Robert in NYC and Jerry:

    It was plain that he was speaking on a political issue in metaphorical terms. There's this thing called the First Amendment, and it protects speech like this, as much as we might find it irresponsible and reprehensible.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 11, 2011 12:20:58 PM

  7. Why do these jackanapes think that they are the only ones who own and use guns?

    Posted by: Polyboy | Aug 11, 2011 12:25:42 PM

  8. This is a christian?

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 11, 2011 12:29:47 PM

  9. So, what's this about "evil leftist liberals" being the oh-so-threatening ones again?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 11, 2011 12:37:18 PM

  10. @luminum and @jack: Yes, he was using metaphorical language. But he could have made his point with a less bloody metaphor. "Those who oppose this immorality must become a great wave at the ballot box and wash these senators out of office."

    The problem is with those who listen to preachers like this, will take the metaphor literally, and be inspired to violence, probably not against these four senators, but against a random gay man walking his dog in a usually safe Rochester neighborhood.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Aug 11, 2011 12:58:00 PM

  11. these people who profess to be christian spend more time hating anyone different than they are. these are real christian values. how did texas get more than its share of asshats?

    Posted by: walter | Aug 11, 2011 12:58:36 PM

  12. @Jack
    Religious people are - per definition - NOT "reasonable"

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 11, 2011 1:00:30 PM

  13. Ah, these Evangelical Christian types just reek of class. NOT!

    Posted by: mytwocents | Aug 11, 2011 1:00:42 PM

  14. @JPECKJR:

    I agree that his phrasing could have, and should have been less violent. I'm 100% with you on that.

    @STEVE (and JPECKJR):

    It doesn't matter if the actual recipient thinks it's a threat. In order to lose First Amendment protection, a "reasonable recipient" would have to be able to interpret the statement as an actual threat to do violence. Not present in this case.

    And we punish the people who take the metaphor literally and commit acts of violence, not the speaker. This isn't a true threat, nor is it likely to incite imminent lawless action.

    Legally, the preacher is untouchable on this one. Morally, he'll burn in hell longer than any of us will.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 11, 2011 1:12:34 PM

  15. No disrespect to the Native Americans??? That is a fking joke! The only minority group worse off in America and this idiot has the nerve to say something like this. I need an OLD WHITE MALE REPUBLICAN blocker for my computer... cannot deal.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Aug 11, 2011 1:14:18 PM

  16. This guy has the same sick brain as that Norwegian Breivik mass murderer. And they dare to call themselves Christians! Perverts!

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Aug 11, 2011 1:15:04 PM

  17. Jack, tell you what, why don't you write a letter to an elected official and tell him or her, in writing with your return address and contact information available, that because of "x" action on their part, their bloody scalp should be nailed to a rail in their legislative assembly building. You do that and see who comes visiting you.

    Posted by: jerry | Aug 11, 2011 1:25:22 PM

  18. First: Jesus says pay your taxes.

    Second: For those who say it's not a serious threat? Only until someone takes him up on it.

    Third: Religious mania is a treatable psychological disorder.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 11, 2011 1:44:11 PM

  19. @Jerry:

    You're an idiot. First of all, that wouldn't be a true threat either. "Should" be nailed to a rail does not =/= I'm going to do it. See United States v. Bagdasarian, No. 09-50529, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 14684 (9th Cir. 2011).

    Furthermore, assuming that the text would read "I will do X" instead of "X should happen," sending a private letter to an individual is distinguishable from making a public comment on a highly politicized issue. The former being not so much indicative of making a metaphorical point as opposed to the latter.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 11, 2011 1:49:22 PM

  20. Barton isn't a pastor.

    Posted by: Vada Lavia | Aug 11, 2011 2:01:18 PM

  21. The scalps that need to be taken are those of the lying pastors, preachers, priests, rabbis, imams, cardinals, and popes. However, we should start with those that fund these nutballs organizaitons in the first place.

    Posted by: Mykelb | Aug 11, 2011 2:07:50 PM

  22. Careful, MYKELB, some on this thread would say you've just committed an arrestable offense.

    Well, maybe not. They would probably only think that if they disagreed with you.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 11, 2011 2:14:56 PM

  23. @ Luminum,

    I get the feeling your kidding but, just for my own peace of mind, I always thought it was the bad guys who ruled through fear and intimidation.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Aug 11, 2011 2:54:34 PM

  24. Why is Barton so threatened by his attraction to men?

    Posted by: Danny | Aug 11, 2011 3:16:18 PM

  25. I'd love to hear some Native American tribes and people comment on this statement, especially Two-Spirit people. I somehow doubt they'd be thrilled with his metaphor.

    Posted by: Dback | Aug 11, 2011 3:41:59 PM

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