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Iowa Pastor Faces Demonstration for 'Gay Is Not Okay' Marquee


A Des Moines, Iowa pastor faces a demonstration after promoting a sermon planned for this Sunday on his marquee with the words "Gay is not Okay", the Des Moines Register reports:

DemastusNot long after Boltinghouse’s post, the Facebook page “People against the bigots at Fort Des Moines Church of Christ” popped up. The site had 323 likes as of about 2:30 p.m. The protest is scheduled for 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday and more than 100 people have indicated plans to attend.

Demastus said he changed the sign to “Adultery is not OK” around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, but still plans to give the sermon as planned.

Demastus said he knew the title was “provocative” but didn’t expect the reaction he has received.

Demastus tells WOI that he feels threatened:

When I did take it down it was when I received messages that indicated simply my address and the message, 'Hope you feel safe at home. It's sad. This is the community that cries wanting us to be tolerant and I said gay is not okay, I didn't say gays are not okay."

He says he still plans to give his sermon: "I'm not going to have people threaten my family and my life because of a church sign, but I am gonna preach the truth from God's word."

The protest's Facebook page can be found HERE. Organizers say "This is a non-violent, peaceful protest."

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  1. yes. he is a brutal closet-case.

    his sign will indeed make many people feel unsafe.

    i have no sympathy for him. you reap what you sow, bigot.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 10, 2012 2:08:14 AM

  2. "I said gay is not OK, I didn't say gays are not OK". Yeah I'm a writer and I'm having a really hard time seeing that difference. But once again gays are the fodder for their Sunday morning entertainment.

    Posted by: MKe | Feb 10, 2012 3:31:00 AM

  3. Serious question, but unfortunately I'm probably posting too late here. But does anybody know of any instance of violence against an anti gay person? The thousands of cases of violence against gays are well documented, and the homophobes are constantly publicizing these threats they supposedly receive. But I'd be really interested if anyone, anywhere, has ever been physically attacked for their anti-gay views (glitter bombing doesn't count).

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 10, 2012 4:57:50 AM

  4. @MKE :

    I wonder if it's the; "Love the sinner, not the sin", hypocritical sh*t that he's creaming himself with ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 10, 2012 5:17:26 AM

  5. People continually are leaving churches, mainly because of this kind of crap and the big business money factor. If churches focused on the real issues - helping the disadvantaged, supporting the community, promoting civil rights for all, then the congregation numbers would take care of themselves.

    If church pastors don't like the backlash, then don't preach the hate.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Feb 10, 2012 6:39:26 AM

  6. but...but...LOOK at him....he's GAY.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Feb 10, 2012 7:06:28 AM

  7. he's not GAY. He's a CLOSET CASE. totally different!

    Posted by: shane | Feb 10, 2012 7:53:31 AM

  8. So this faux man-of-God defends himself this way: "I said gay is not okay, I didn't say gays are not okay."

    Let's change your statement to "I said black is not okay, I didn't say blacks are not okay." Is there a distinction between the two? I think not.

    Just another hateful homophobic idiot probably hiding deep inside his Christofascist closet yearning to break out and be his big bear true self!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Feb 10, 2012 9:22:39 AM

  9. Of course gay is not okay if it forces you to stay in the closet. It's a horrible cross to bear in that case.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 10, 2012 9:30:52 AM

  10. We know what he does Sunday mornings. What does he do Friday nights? Does his "flock" know?

    Can you imagine how stupid the people in his audience are considering how stupid he is?

    Posted by: the truth shall make you free | Feb 10, 2012 10:01:19 AM

  11. LEVITCUS 19:27 You shall not shave around the sides of your heads, neither shall you disfigure the corners of your beard.

    Posted by: KCinChicago | Feb 10, 2012 10:33:36 AM

  12. This Pastor has difficulty remembering recent history, so how can he understand the Bible? Iowa has a proud history of tolerance and ‘live and let live’ mentality.

    But I sense a theory here, and one ironic one, given this important electoral year, and everything is possible from the Party of Turdblossom. It seems that Faux News has one card in their hands left that is left to use, as immigration and the economy are slipping from their hands in spite of their intentional filibustering to bring America to its knees. Culture Wars, or ‘How can we look like victims?’

    It started with the revelation that American Evangelicals descended upon Uganda and gave them enough information about how gays recruit and ‘eat the poo-poo’, on their new laptops that were downloaded with false statistics, and hard-core porn. Now they are a pariah because they passed a Law, sentencing a person that is LGBT a life sentence (which we all know would be death) or the death penalty ‘for the children.’

    We saw this week that a member of the GOP in Washington’s Legislature talk about her daughter’s lesbian orientation and how her daughter deserves happiness in marriage. Prop 8 was shot down, and SCOTUS are going to take this case. As it stands now I dread them because we must remember this is the same that took Citizens United.

    Every fascist will be to bring Santorum into the White House with permanent appointments to the Supreme Court, assuring a victory to the bigots, in spite of the Catholic and Mormon moneys into the fold, outspending the ’No’ votes. This will be the most expensive election in history because of the Super PACs. The primaries have already seen impossibly high money used in under 2 months, let alone the next 10 months. Liberals need to see what is going on and your pledges will not be enough.

    There are many points of light to keep the President in the office. The Superbowl commercial with Clint Eastwood speaking of ‘it’s halftime’ beckons to a familiar refrain that brought Reagan a remarkable victory, in spite of Reagan’s economy was in a mess.

    Today their filibusters intentionally hurt millions, and a candidate that was the lobbyists ’his knowledge’ to make them work efficiently. I believe the Santorum Superpacs will keep him in the race, as they have all the money bigotry could dream of. I do not think that the GOP want Santorum as their presidential choice. Even with all of their money he would lock down the Bible belt because these states feel so defeated because their states intentionally held back assistance against the Bush Depression.

    Now that there are hundreds of sound bytes stating that their goal was painting Obama in a corner, but it backfired. GM has the ability to turn the hearts and heads of the Rust Belt, and Obama has also shown the beginnings of a far more compassionate president than his predecessor, with Michigan is looking better than it has been in decades. That was an Obama win, and a big one.

    So they are intentionally bringing agitation to the forefront by ’the gay/abortion card,’ since the Right losing the argument of the Susan Komen withdrawal of monies to Planned Parenthood due to 3% of their services are used for safe abortions within the Law. The breast cancer screenings was a major backfire, and contraceptive assistance options outside of abortion made the Komen Foundation look intentionally callus and political. Politicians forget sometimes that they claim that Planned Parenthood has been killing the African American communities. Once again trying to link the strong African-American Christian Community, but they see the hypocrisy of these outlets using this vital link for women’s health as a lightning rod. Epic fail.

    African Americans know that it is these very people that attempt to grab that spotlight also vote against the education and economic opportunity for the community, so why would they want more children find less food on the shelves, less healthcare, and even less jobs, sinking them further into the abyss.

    So the only way they see to divide the country is by ‘Fear the Queer’ and ‘We Are The Victims’ mantras due to their provocative behaviour.

    What the protest must emphasise is that this is a ‘PEACEFUL’ protest. Any dissent for violent action is not from the LGBTQ community, and will be escorted from your ranks. Let your numbers be the strength, and be very aware that there will be far-right ‘plants’ within your group. These agitators will do everything to change the focus from peaceful protest to violent outrage. Your country and the world’s media are watching. No calls of hatred of its congregation and its pastor. The last thing you want is sympathy for them because this will blow any hopes of letting the world see you, your families and friends’ objective of peaceful tolerance. Let a spokesperson speak on your behalf, for reasons already given, and all others should direct their inquiries to the spokesperson. An agitator’s voice on the news would reinforce a false image that everyone would see over and over again.

    Rise above.

    Posted by: Gary Brubaker | Feb 10, 2012 1:56:30 PM

  13. Google "Jesus". How the Roman Catholic Church of today can claim association with any of the possible persons that MAY have been their Jesus, is laughable. There are so many similar "historical" persons that may or may not have existed prior to the printing press, that you can take your pick.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Feb 10, 2012 2:46:15 PM

  14. The glasses really give it away.

    Posted by: HMM YEAH OK | Feb 10, 2012 3:19:38 PM

  15. I guess I hope that the demonstration is peaceful and orderly. But it is nice to know that he feels threatened.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 10, 2012 3:23:06 PM

  16. I don't understand the idea of "I said gay is not okay, I didn't say gays are not okay" or the similar "love the sinner, hate the sin."

    How can you separate someone's sexual orientation from the physical expression of that orientation?

    Wouldn't it be like saying, "I love Jews, I just hate people who wear yamakas"?

    Posted by: Bob | Feb 10, 2012 4:12:23 PM

  17. The question is not "is homosexuality a sin." The question is do you believe there is an absolute truth and if so from what foundation do you draw your truth. True Christians believe there is one truth and it is found in the Bible and the Bible is very clear about homosexuality being a sin. If you do not believe there is one truth then this dialogue is pointless.

    Posted by: Deanna | Feb 13, 2012 12:18:43 AM

  18. Gays don't want to be bullied or hated for their views or lifestyles. Why are they doing the same to this minister? Doesn't the pastor have freedom of speech like all Americans? Why the intimidation and the death threats? If you don't agree with him fine, but don't get your underwear in a knot. Say this slowly to yourself, "It is OK if someone doesn't agree with me." Repeat until you calm down.

    Posted by: Coggie | Mar 20, 2012 9:15:35 PM

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