Gordon Klingenschmitt: Trans Folks Shouldn’t Be Allowed in Churches or Public Restrooms – VIDEO

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Gordon Klingenschmitt, the homophobic former Navy chaplain and likely future Colorado state representative, had some pretty nasty things to say on his radio program yesterday about a lawsuit filed against Hobby Lobby by a transgender female employee who claims she was denied access to a women’s restroom facilities.

Said Klingenschmitt (after making a transphobic, Rush Limbaugh-approved dick joke):

"The Scriptures say in Deuteronomy 23, 'that he that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord.' And if they can't enter the congregation of the Lord, they certainly shouldn't be allowed to enter the ladies bathroom." 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

[via Right Wing Watch]

 

Comments

  1. borut says

    People with imperfect vision should not be permitted to enter a church, either.

    The Bible on who “shall not approach”:

    “… crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;” (Leviticus 21:20 )

  2. Pete says

    People like Klingenschmitt aren’t Christian. They’re hate filled bigots who’ve found a convenient old book to justify their warped ideas. The horrific part is that so many in America follow these people.

  3. says

    Apart from the ridiculous message of the verse Klingenschmitt quotes (which, taken literally, would prevent a lot of testicular cancer survivors and others from entering their church of choice), the conclusion he draws is pretty funny. Saying that “if they can’t enter the congregation of the Lord, they certainly shouldn’t be allowed to enter the ladies bathroom” implicitly values women’s restrooms more than houses of worship. Which is fine and dandy in my book, but it’s probably not what Churchy LaFemme meant.

  4. Ted says

    ” And if they can’t enter the congregation of the Lord, they certainly shouldn’t be allowed to enter the ladies bathroom.”

    I find it interesting that their concern always seems to revolve around the idea of a man dressed as a women entering a woman’s bathroom. They don’t seem to be bothered by women dressing as men walking into a man’s bath room. Weird.

  5. Ted says

    ” And if they can’t enter the congregation of the Lord, they certainly shouldn’t be allowed to enter the ladies bathroom.”

    I find it interesting that their concern always seems to revolve around the idea of a man dressed as a women entering a woman’s bathroom. They don’t seem to be bothered by women dressing as men walking into a man’s bath room. Weird.

  6. Bill says

    Oddly, nobody 4000 years ago had his “privy member” or whatever Klingenschmit called it, cut off as part of a sex change operation. Usually it was the result of a battle or someone else getting really, really mad.

    BTW, a social issue at the time was that, when two men were fighting and one was losing, the loser’s wife would join in and grap the other guy’s “stones” (to use Klingenschmitt’s term). There’s a reference to this in the Bible – Deuteronomy 25:11-12, which says, “If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.” The men made the rules and didn’t like being grabbed there, but in any case it wouldn’t have been mentioned if this wasn’t going on all to frequently.

    Hey, Since Klingenschmitt is running for office, why doesn’t someone ask him about that passage? “Cut off here hand” and “show her no pity” would go over like a lead balloon with the female vote while saying we should ignore part of the Bible would get him in hot water with the fundamentalists.

  7. john patrick says

    Apparently (and not surprisingly) Klingenschmitt has not read the story in the Book of Acts of the Ethiopian eunuch who became one of the first Christians, baptized by Philip. Indeed, this story is interpreted by some scholars as an indication that people who were shunned and excluded from the temple or synagogue were now included in the new Christian communities. Thus, shunning transgender people, or lesbian or gay or bi people, is contrary to what Christian churches should be doing (despite the fact that many do).

  8. Bernie says

    The statements that Mr. Klingenschmit comes up with that he tries to tie to scripture are pure idioticy that make no sense. His look of madness continue to make him look and sound severely mentally ill…And, if he is elected in Colorado as a state representative, he needs to undergo a competency exam as his lunacy remarks are beyond the usual illogical, irrational and stupid nonsense these right wingers spew

  9. BobN says

    This man was once a military chaplain. Maybe he should go share his thought about men with damaged genitalia with the hundreds of vets with groin injuries caused by IEDs in Iraq.

    I hate this guy.

  10. Bill says

    @Bobn: that he was once a military chaplain and would say in effect that some seriously wounded veterans should not be allowed to enter a church raises some serious questions about the standards that determine who can be hired as a chaplain in the U.S. military.

    Of course, he probably didn’t mean for his statement to apply to injured veterans – he is simply too stupid to have realized the implications of what he said.

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