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Southern Baptist Pastor Compares Preaching Against Homosexuality to Preaching Against Slavery: VIDEO

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Failing to pick up on the pervasive irony of his comments, South Carolina Pastor JD Greear was quoted at a Southern Baptist Convention conference this week equating preaching against homosexuality today to the preaching against slavery in the South in the 1800s.

Said Greear:

"The Bible offends every generation in different ways.  Preaching against homosexuality in our day is about as popular as preaching against slavery and racism in Charleston, South Carolina in 1861."

The Southern Baptism Convention, for those in need of a quick history refresher, split from the northern Baptist churches in 1845 because of the SBC’s belief in a pro-slavery Christian doctrine.

In later times, the SBC went on to have a remarkably extensive track record of being on the wrong side of history: defending segregation, preaching the subordinate role of women in society, and kicking out any church that dared open their doors and hearts to the gay community. 

Listen to Greear's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

And for a more exhaustive list of the SBC's anti-gay activities in recent times, click here

[via Good As You]


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  1. Too many christians, not enough lions...

    Posted by: Robert M. | Apr 26, 2014 5:35:59 PM

  2. Why ruin a perfect batting average?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 26, 2014 5:38:54 PM

  3. He actually seems to be making the case for preachers to STOP railing against gays. But the clip is so short, one can't find any context. Is his next sentence, "but so what, let's keep saying what we know to be civilly offensive" or is the next sentence "so let's try to not be on the wrong side of history, as preachers in 1861 were." The HuffPo link is no more informative, but seems to imply the latter.

    Context is everything.

    Posted by: MFinBH | Apr 26, 2014 6:08:20 PM

  4. the majority preached PRO slavery from the bible back in the day

    how does he explain the bible's support of slavery with even jesus supporting the system via his healing of the centurion's slave (death could have been an escape from slavery) and never once saying to free his slave

    paul also later wrote "slaves obey your masters" when asked if xtian slaves should escape to freedom

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 26, 2014 6:13:20 PM

  5. What a complete dolt.

    Posted by: Bubba | Apr 26, 2014 6:53:01 PM

  6. Being anti-people isn't Christ's way. This pastor is a misguided lunatic.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 26, 2014 7:07:45 PM

  7. By default, someone who seriously believes the myth of Jesus as a god or demigod is already delusional by definition.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Apr 26, 2014 7:46:53 PM

  8. How fortunate that this 'pastor' deliberately forgets the 1800+ years of Christian complicity in the slave trade before the abolition movement took steam.

    Slavery is a great example, a GREAT example, of how religion was used against an institution after the lessons learned from the great continuity of human history caught up with us. It had nothing to do with religion, ultimately, and more to do with the truths learned by observing a degraded system of buying and selling people. Homosexuality doesn't even compare, and piss on the degenerates who will pretend otherwise.

    Posted by: Cecilfirefox | Apr 26, 2014 7:46:56 PM

  9. @Steve, Jesus is not a myth, he is a historical figure and to many of us he is the son of God. Whether you believe his divine providence is another story.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 26, 2014 8:07:11 PM

  10. south carolina makes me very uncomfortable.
    i've been a lot of places in the south, but SC was the most racist place of all. beautiful place. very ugly thoughts.

    Posted by: woody | Apr 26, 2014 8:13:33 PM

  11. I fear the only way to save Christianity is for most of them to find another religion.

    Posted by: dixichuk | Apr 26, 2014 10:12:37 PM

  12. Jay

    despite your belief, jesus is not a proven historical figure

    there are no contemporary mentions of him, nothing till 70-90 years after supposed person existed.

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 26, 2014 10:38:22 PM

  13. if religious folk don't have jesus to follow, another leader will be found, these lemings require this aspect in their lives. the leader isn't the issue, it's the damage done by fools in the leader's name, and we have a wonderful constitution to keep these misguided nuts out of our lives and government. we simply have to continue to stand up and enforce the policies already in place.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 26, 2014 11:02:26 PM

  14. Jay:
    According of some independent Roman historical sources, Jesus probably existed. The myth about Jesus is not about his existence. The myth is about whether those stories in the Bible are true. Like his birth by a virgin and his resurrection are obviously myths and to put it mildly outright lies.

    Posted by: rick | Apr 26, 2014 11:25:48 PM

  15. Retarded.

    * with apologies to the mentally challenged *

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 26, 2014 11:30:37 PM

  16. All these myths in the Old and New Testaments have already been debunked many centuries ago by Thomas Payne.

    Posted by: rick | Apr 26, 2014 11:33:27 PM

  17. BTW. I'm an agnostic Buddhist...

    Posted by: Patrick | Apr 26, 2014 11:47:27 PM

  18. Reminds me of the Anglican/ChurchOfEngland/Episcopal Church making statements that they don't support the "redefinition of marriage".
    Conveniently forgetting that the Church of England was established exactly to allow the king to redefine marriage!!

    (For those who slept thu history class: Prompted by a dispute over the annulment of the marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon, the Church of England separated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1534)

    Posted by: JOJ81 | Apr 27, 2014 12:09:09 AM

  19. joj81:
    Old Henry was too kind to them. He should have shut the Church down completely so that they don't have to define anything anymore.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 27, 2014 1:37:48 AM

  20. The SBC: wrong then, wrong now.

    Posted by: JCF | Apr 27, 2014 2:46:38 AM

  21. all this jesus, god, church nonsense is really very brilliant marketing/business that has truly stood the test of time and now is hugely wealthy. some of these mega churches rake in a million tax free dollars just in the course of a weekend. when you think about it it's a better business formula than Apple or Google or Mercedes Benz (etc) because the church doesn't have to come up with new stuff all the time. they've been slinging the same b.s. forever.

    Posted by: me | Apr 27, 2014 2:51:22 AM

  22. Another "leader", who has really NOT understood what the Bible is about.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Apr 27, 2014 3:25:39 AM

  23. Ah. Newspeak.

    Posted by: JoyZeeBoy | Apr 27, 2014 6:57:58 AM

  24. The truly brilliant part, ME, is that they get all that money TAX FREE! Imagine, making millions of dollars every week and never having to pay a single dime on any of it!

    Then take a look at the mansions, jets and fancy cars that their leaders own.

    Hell yes, keep preaching that hate, it's a great business model and there's a legion of slack-jawed idiots who keep putting their money in the offering plates!

    Posted by: johnny | Apr 27, 2014 7:16:19 AM

  25. @jay - as much as you want it to be so, it isn't. If you are going to worship an idea and cult, you might want to learn more about its history.

    J wasn't even a letter until the 1600s. And the suffix Sus was widely applied to honor Zues. Prayers end in Amen to honor Amen-Ra. And alnist all the parables about Jesus were taken from babylonian mythra and Egyptian horus.

    I'm not saying that the ideas are bad, just know that its made up and borrowed from the Qumran Essenes and adopted by the Romans, codified by the early Catholic Church over 1,000 years and modified by the European Reformation.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Apr 27, 2014 7:47:58 AM

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