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Mississippi Baptist Leader Threatened Retaliation On GOP Reps Who Didn't Vote For Anti-Gay Bill

Jimmy PorterMississippi's Senate Bill 2681 is a reprehensible piece of legislature that opens the gates wide for anti-gay discrimination masquerading under the guise of "religious freedom."

The bill passed, and should any GOP representatives have been on the fence about the issue, Jimmy Porter, executive director of the lobbying arm of Mississippi’s Southern Baptist convention, the Christian Action Commission, was sure to set them straight, promising a "political calamity" should any of them vote against Jesus.

Said Porter in part,

The fact is that one’s position on this piece of legislation can be made public whether a vote is taken or not.  The leadership of the House will take a lot of heat for its failure if that is the case but it will be undeserved.  The Christian Action Commission will work diligently to ensure the blame will be laid at the feet of these 20 alleged Republicans [against the bill].  Approximately 60,000 Baptist households will read about it and know the truth.  Add to that Pentecostal households, members of the Tea Party, followers of American Family Association, the Liberty Council and the Family Research Council, etc., and you begin to see the widespread interest in this bill.

Who Would Jesus Harangue?

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  1. And no one has a problem with this. Threatening lawmakers with being voted out by a religious leader who can never, ever prove the validity of his deity. Bizarre.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Apr 4, 2014 8:06:25 AM

  2. Ahh, now here's a fine example from the Southern Baptists and Southern GOPers which illustrates the absolute separation of church and state. Can it not be more clear than this? No, then just shut up and stop doing business with the gays.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Apr 4, 2014 8:22:11 AM

  3. To all the Gays in Mississippi,
    You now have the religious freedom to marry. Please use this law to your advantage and force the state to recognize your religious freedom to perform marriage ceremonies.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Apr 4, 2014 8:29:27 AM

  4. This mans words should cause the redemption of tax exempt status for his entire religion.

    Posted by: MikeKV | Apr 4, 2014 8:40:56 AM

  5. Religon is killing my spirituality.

    Posted by: Rad | Apr 4, 2014 8:43:19 AM

  6. The people who should be really angry are the taxpayers of Mississippi, who are paying the salaries of the legislators who spend their time passing obviously unconstitutional and pointless laws instead of working on legislation to address actual problems faced by the state.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 4, 2014 8:44:13 AM

  7. Demonize the gays and make them the focus, just like they did back when they blamed blacks and immigrants for everything. "Hey look over there, it's the fags fault for everything wrong in this country. Not mine..."

    Posted by: GoFigure | Apr 4, 2014 8:58:28 AM

  8. Whatever you knee-jerk, left-wing whores do, don't by any means give credit to the 20 Republican Senators who opposed this bill in one of the most conservative states in the country.

    What in the world are you going to do with yourselves when the majority of Republicans are pro-gay rights, which will happen within a generation/

    Shoot yourselves, I guess.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 4, 2014 9:22:56 AM

  9. & this guy doesn't pay taxes as he's tax exempt.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Apr 4, 2014 9:25:17 AM

  10. Tax free status's that simple..

    Posted by: styler | Apr 4, 2014 9:47:35 AM

  11. If there is a heaven, I hope I'm there when Jesus walks up to Jimmy Porter and punches him right in the nose.

    Posted by: Bryan L | Apr 4, 2014 9:48:15 AM

  12. Sounds like blackmail to me.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Apr 4, 2014 10:04:59 AM

  13. They can read??

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 4, 2014 10:23:57 AM

  14. Wow...someone missed their Haloperidol injection this week!
    The reason some less-cretinous Republicans rejected it was not because they are pro-gay, but because it was "bad for business" and opens up a veritable can of worms, including costing the state a lot of money in attorney's fees to fight the inevitable legal challenges. I'm sure some fundie nutcase who owns a gas station is looking forward to refusing service to Muslims, blacks, whatever.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 4, 2014 1:17:02 PM

  15. As a reminder, Mitt Romney - who donated $10,000 to prop 8 - told Jan Brewer to veto her state's version of the bill.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 4, 2014 1:29:56 PM

  16. @RICK, the GOP will always be bullies. A generation from now they'll still be fighting their war on women, their war on immigrants, their war on secularism, and their class war, and they'll have a new whipping boy by then to replace the gays. Then it will be our turn to stand up for someone else against GOP attacks.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 4, 2014 1:40:25 PM

  17. There is a gay religion, u know. Based on the ancient pre-christian cult of Antonius, Emperor Hadrian's boyfriend. Maybe someone can organize around this?

    Posted by: studd | Apr 4, 2014 7:42:23 PM

  18. Is this really a surprise coming from the state with the lowest per capita income

    the second lowest level of education

    and has the highest density of baptist churches in the US

    I ask all of you, coincidence?

    Ignorance breeds witchcraft

    Posted by: Andrea | Apr 4, 2014 8:06:14 PM

  19. Andrea, please leave witchcraft out of this. Abrahamic faiths hate sorcery, magic, witchcraft, and while all of the above may be the same thing to you as religion, they're not the same to people who actually practice any of the above.
    Thank you in advance.

    Posted by: Andy | Apr 4, 2014 8:23:00 PM

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