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Anderson Cooper Confronts Baptist Leader Over Remarks Linking North Korean Threats to Gay Rights: VIDEO


On Moday I posted about Fred Luter, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, who said there is probably a connection between Kim Jong-un's sabre-rattling against the United States and the Supreme Court's consideration of marriage equality and the debate over gays in the Boy Scouts.

Said Luter:

“I’m not that strong in prophecy but I would not be surprised that there’s not a connection there simply because of the fact we’ve seen it happen in scripture before. I would not be surprised that at the time when we are debating same-sex marriage, at a time when we are debating whether or not we should have gays leading the Boy Scout movement, I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that we have a mad man in Asia who is saying some of the things that he’s saying.”

Anderson Cooper wanted to ask him if he stood by those remarks. Luter, of course, won't take responsibility for them.


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  1. I used to wonder why mainstream news orgs. gave air time to morons. Now I'm grateful. They're more valuable in promoting civil rights than the most erudite college professor. Let them babble on while folks smirk, and shake their heads in bewilderment.

    Posted by: Akrontru | Apr 4, 2013 7:23:10 PM

  2. Someday he might save enough from that collection plate to buy a brain cell. They're not cheap. One (alone) costs eleventy trillion times four billion squared. He'd better start saving!

    Posted by: Geoff | Apr 4, 2013 7:29:22 PM

  3. That guy was back pedaling like crazy. He meant what he said in the first place. Just another bigot.

    Posted by: Red | Apr 4, 2013 7:32:37 PM

  4. So he's basically saying that North Korea is our Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?

    Posted by: HirsuteHeuristics | Apr 4, 2013 7:36:20 PM

  5. Anderson is so good at this. This guy is doing all he can to squirm out of his original statements. We need to rid this country of all bigoted religions.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Apr 4, 2013 7:36:30 PM

  6. Does any one find it curious that all these people who make their living by speaking in public have to constantly explain that what they said wasn't what they meant and what they meant wasn't what they said.?

    Posted by: melvin | Apr 4, 2013 7:43:50 PM

  7. Another babbling biblical fool. A poster child for atheism. Keep up the good work Fred.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Apr 4, 2013 7:50:22 PM

  8. Anderson is a true master of making bigots look like the digusting fools they are with the right combination of questions and just letting them ramble on and dig their own verbal grave. And he always does it with graciousness and class in the face of ignorance and even hate. Love him!

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 4, 2013 7:53:55 PM

  9. hmm this man must have bike faster in the tour de France only backwards, wow how ignorant can this man be. he standing in his own muddy quicksand and cant move on his beliefs if he does he just sink in deeper like all bigots will in the future.

    Posted by: albertam | Apr 4, 2013 8:01:03 PM

  10. More proof that Christianity is a mental illness

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 4, 2013 8:05:49 PM

  11. I watched this live last night as this buffoon tried his best to backpedal as clumsily as possible.

    One thing he did do was hitch his wagon to the 'Slippery Slope' 'argument' that if gays get to marry they'll come to churches DEMANDING to be married in a church and the govt will make them. Uh, hardly, tubbo. Nobody is asking for that. Plus, I would bet the Episcopal church would do it anyway (at least some of them) so other churches will just lose membership anyway -- and that's their biggest fear of all, losing asses in seats!

    Posted by: princely54 | Apr 4, 2013 8:06:14 PM

  12. Anderson's face pretty much sums up my opinion on this, and most of these idiots to be honest.

    To those saying new orgs should stop giving them air time however; I think you should reconsider, every time these bigots get on TV (especially non-FOX shows) and spew their intolerance, it actually helps our side. For much of straight America it's hard to recognize the amount of intolerance that LGBT people face in this country. It's better to put these guys front and center and allow them to display their ridiculous 'argument' to the world, rather then pretend they don't exist and allow those who don't come in contact with them to think they really don't anymore.

    Posted by: DavyJones | Apr 4, 2013 9:24:19 PM

  13. @DavyJones: Well said, I agree 100%! And AC is particularly effective in making the average straight viewer aware of these intolerant bigots because he doesn't get aggressive or polemic. He comes off as the greater man and exposes the hatred, ignorance and craziness of the other side.

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 4, 2013 9:35:34 PM

  14. So he finally admits that he "misspoke." Anderson Cooper does have a way of bringing people around, lol

    Posted by: | Apr 4, 2013 10:05:37 PM

  15. Att: Pastor Luter

    The states of the USA have been granting divorces for centuries. To the best of my knowledge, the Catholic Church has yet to be forced to marry divorcés. Your being forced to perform same-sex marriages is less likely than my asking you to perform mine.

    Posted by: Rich | Apr 4, 2013 10:39:11 PM

  16. Isn't lying a sin?

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 4, 2013 11:08:10 PM

  17. Anderson's indignant expressions are fodder for comedy. It takes a silver spoon queen to take on the atomic bomb.

    Posted by: GB | Apr 4, 2013 11:40:43 PM

  18. The bible is our enemy and the enemy of all who believe in human progress and freedom.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 5, 2013 1:01:31 AM

  19. I'm starting to like these crazy ass christians ... They are FUNNY!

    Posted by: AdamTh | Apr 5, 2013 1:48:33 AM

  20. What an idiot. I don't know why anyone would take this joke of a man seriously after seeing him completely flip-flop and lie through his teeth.

    Posted by: Marc | Apr 5, 2013 2:39:13 AM

  21. I am so tired of this. While I admit "Big Gay" is in charge of hurricanes and earthquakes, we have absolutely no control over North Korea.

    Posted by: Gus | Apr 5, 2013 5:14:04 AM

  22. So agreed, Gus. Every self-respecting gay man knows we control South Korea, not North, at least, not yet. :)

    Posted by: millerbeach | Apr 5, 2013 5:22:57 AM

  23. A very small brain in a very big head.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 5, 2013 8:24:50 AM

  24. Who would look to this man for spiritual guidance?

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 5, 2013 8:40:04 AM

  25. And they wonder why we call them bigots.

    Posted by: Jimcracky | Apr 5, 2013 9:42:06 AM

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