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Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt Claims Satan is Behind Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Over the past few years, Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt has been one of the more visible adversaries in the fight for LGBT rights and tolerance in Minnesota. He spearheaded a mass mailing of 400,000 anti-gay DVDs in 2010, created a special "marriage prayer" to drum up support for the anti-gay amendment on the state's ballot last November, and even told the mother of a gay son that she must reject him or risk burning in hell.

With such a bigoted view of gays, it comes as no surprise that Nienstedt places homosexuality squarely on the side of Satan. Speaking at the conservative Napa Institute Conference last month, Nienstedt listed off all the evil works of the devil, which in addition to homosexuality include abortion, contraception, and pornography. The Huffington Post reports:

"Today, many evil forces have set their sights on the dissolution of marriage and the debasing of family life," Niendstedt said. "Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God's work on earth."

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  1. Satan is between his ears.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 17, 2013 8:02:18 AM

  2. "Objective truth" -- I find it strange that a group that bases its entire world view on subjective interpretations of subjective phenomena (i.e., religious experience) is so fond of that phrase.

    Excuse me, Mr. Archbishop? I don't think that word means what you think it means.

    Posted by: Hunter | Sep 17, 2013 8:04:26 AM

  3. We can look at Russia and see the attempted manipulation of it's citizens with anti-gay bigotry, but it is also happening at home.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Sep 17, 2013 8:08:52 AM

  4. *yawn* Yes, yes, a demon is making me lust for d*ck, blah, blah, blah...

    At least I have an excuse for f*ck*ng men - what's your excuse for molesting little boys or turning a blind eye to it?

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 17, 2013 8:09:26 AM

  5. Anyone who believes in a creature with horns, a pitch-fork and long barbed tail is mentally-ill. Period. The children!!!

    Posted by: Geoff | Sep 17, 2013 8:11:42 AM

  6. "...and here is the scientific proof!!!" (cough)

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 17, 2013 8:21:58 AM

  7. JACK - "Satan is between his ears" is a remark as true as it is wonderful. Thank you for that.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 17, 2013 8:26:07 AM

  8. Ah, yes, the good ol' days of the Dark Ages still ring true for Papist Archbishop Nienstedt and his Father of Lies theory on the evils of homosexuality. I know we can be a horny bunch but, jeez, man, seeing us all as Satan is a bit much.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Sep 17, 2013 8:40:04 AM

  9. Lying is a sin....I suppose Satan made him do it.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Sep 17, 2013 8:48:17 AM

  10. Where is the Church Lady when we need her? Could it be.....SATAN?

    Posted by: Butch | Sep 17, 2013 9:03:35 AM

  11. tax free bastard

    Posted by: sister sharon | Sep 17, 2013 9:19:55 AM

  12. Interesting. I believe Satan is behind the Church.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Sep 17, 2013 9:30:48 AM

  13. Closet case!

    Posted by: Joseph | Sep 17, 2013 9:37:09 AM

  14. They should take some of those quotation marks they use around the word gay and stick them around "objective truth".

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 17, 2013 9:43:48 AM

  15. After babbling on and on about his crap cherry-picked statistics and insisting that children have to be raised by their biological parents, he prays to the "holy family" as a role model. But Joseph wasn't Jesus's biological father, according to their own myth. So where does that leave his appeal to "reason" and "common sense"? What a fool.

    Posted by: AdamK | Sep 17, 2013 9:52:28 AM

  16. AdamK, it is true that Joseph was not Jesus's biological Father. But then Jesus, being the only human being who was both human and divine (according to Christian theology) was unique. His circumstances were unique because both he and his mission were unique. He was also single and childless for just this reason. By pointing out the unique circumstances surrounding Jesus's life you are not catching Christians in any hypocrisy or inconsistency.

    Posted by: Mary | Sep 17, 2013 10:01:09 AM

  17. Is the Church not aware that sodomy is a hugely popular heterosexual activity - probably now more than ever before, & especially among the younger generation? Surely there are statistics? The Father of Lies has been verrrry busy 'threatening the stability of our generation'.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Sep 17, 2013 10:03:12 AM

  18. Gee, a high ranking, allegedly celibate and presumed pedophile protecting member of the Roman Catholic clergy denounces gays. Imagine my surprise.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 17, 2013 10:25:11 AM

  19. Hmmmm. Sir, is Satan also behind the systemic raping of little children by your institutions employees, who you protect.

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 17, 2013 10:31:26 AM

  20. Well, then, Satan conducted a very nice, albeit brief ceremony for me and my husband last January. We couldn't be happier with him.

    Posted by: Ernest1960 | Sep 17, 2013 10:36:28 AM

  21. There is no such thing as "Satan". Pay taxes moocher or STFU.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 17, 2013 11:03:32 AM

  22. I really don't understand the obsession that Towleroaders have with denying tax exemption to churches. Gay rights in general, and especially gay marriage, is continuing to gain support. Why not just leave churches alone? There is nothing they can do to stop gay rights from advancing. The extra money the government gets from taxing churches will not benefit gays in any way. But removing tax exemption will create millions of enemies for the LGBT community. Don't you have enough problems to deal with?

    Posted by: Mary | Sep 17, 2013 11:25:52 AM

  23. When the Roman catholic church or indeed any church insists on meddling in secular or political affairs and things that have nothing to do with their institutions then they should be taxed and penalized with the full extent of the law for falsehoods, lies, deliberate distortions, partial truths, calumny, bigotry & deliberate misrepresentation of facts in order to persecute & incite violence from their church members towards GLBT peoples. MARRIAGE is a CIVIL right and churches need have nothing to do with it.

    Posted by: George Deeming | Sep 17, 2013 3:15:48 PM

  24. ~17:00 if your "god" needs rights, maybe you need another god.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 17, 2013 6:26:52 PM

  25. Satan is a very, very busy guy.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 17, 2013 7:34:20 PM

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