Waymon Hudson

WWJD? Incite Hate Crimes Against LGBT People, according to this "Pastor"

Filed By Waymon Hudson | November 06, 2009 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Christian Anti-Defamation League, Gary Cass, hate crimes against LGBT people, Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

The furious explosion of nutjobs over the passage of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act continues...

Dr%20Gary%20Cass-thumb-160x220.jpgOur old fundie friend, Pastor Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (yeah, that's clue number one about his point of view), is back at his gay hating ways. But this time he's taking it to a whole new level. Cass and crew are headed to DC on November 16th to protest the Hate Crimes Act in front of the Department of Justice. Their tactic?

They'll be calling for violence against LGBT people to try and get arrested so they can "prove" the Hate Crimes Act infringes on their God given right to beat up fags:

The "Rally for Religious Freedom" in front of the Department of Justice in Washington is intended to force Attorney General Eric Holder either to address the issues or be put in a position of ignoring those who say they are violating the provisions of the federal law, Cass said.  "We're basically going to defy the law, and challenge it," Cass told WND. "We're going to declare the whole counsel of God, including those parts that some may consider 'inciting a hate crime' to see if the attorney general is going to come down and arrest a group of peaceful clergy exercising their First Amendment rights.

Gary "Let's Incite Hate Crimes for God" Cass has lots of practice passing around the haterade.

Cass is the former head of the Center For Reclaiming America at the late Reverend James Kennedy's Anti-Gay Coral Ridge Ministries. Readers may remember Cass as the charmer who called former head of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Matt Foreman a:

radical homosexual activist that slandered the reputations of Christian ministers

when Foreman spoke out against the hate being preached from pulpits after the slaying of transgender teen Simmie Williams Jr.

Cass is also the kind-hearted soul that blasted Bishop Gene Robinson for being openly gay and "bastardizing the church and Bible" at a speaking event my husband hosted at his university. He was also one of Jim "RoboPotty to stop the gays" Naugle's, the former anti-gay mayor of Fort Lauderdale, biggest supporters during the battle with the South Florida LGBT community.

Not to mention he thinks they need guns in churches to fight the infidels...

I have had quite a few face-to-face meetings with Cass and can attest that he truly hates us. He also loves the media. So I guess this public fomenting of violence is a match made in twisted fundie heaven for him.

Pastor Cass has every right to espouse his hate-filled bile... and we have every right to call him out for the violent bigot he is. Hate Crimes legislation has nothing to do with speech, religious beliefs, or thoughts- no matter how disgusting they may be.

In the end, however, this "protest" simply shines a light on the radical, bigoted, violent agenda of these crusaders.

Take a good look, America.

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Well, that is a serious push. If he does actually manage to incite and act of violence that can be attributed to him I hope that he is jailed just like Manson.
If I could afford the trip I would go just to be there in the counter protest. Honestly, I hope there are some some big tough bear types in that counter protest group. A few 250lb "I don't think so" types would be great. That's how we stopped 'em from gay-bashing in the late 80s in Tallahassee. Sometimes the best way to stop a bashing is to make it really bad for the health of the basher.

Goodness, look at that moustache.

Anyway, one thing to note, based on his previous statements Cass either doesn't understand or is deliberately misconstruing in public exactly what the "hate crimes" law is-- he seems to specifically think that the law we just passed is a "hate speech" law similar to the one that exists in Canada. So it may be that he's going to go violate Canadian law, then claim he violated the American hate crimes law. (Or it may be he actually plans to incite violence. He seems kinda crazy.)

I hope that someone surprises this man when he's alone at night and just beats the everliving CHRIST out of him. Don't kill him, just bring him down hard. Then we'll see who is trying to use the anti-hate crimes legislation to protect themselves.

I hope they DON'T get arrested so we can let this whole meme die. I think we should bring a lot of attention to this after the fact. Let it happen. Document it. And then hammer it home with mainstream America--WHEN THEY TELL YOU THEY DON'T HATE GAYS, THEY ARE LYING! THEY ARE TRYING TO FOOOOOL YOOOOU! DON'T BE FOOLED!

Y'know what I want to see? I want to see one of these folks try to assault one of us (preferably a transwoman), get his clocked cleaned, and have the video of it posted all over the net.

And hey, after all, since he's just announced that his parishioners will be seeking to commit criminal acts of violence against LGBT people at his own urging, he's already publicly confessed to a criminal act regardless of whether the hate crimes law is in effect or not.

I grew up down south during the 60s and 70s. I'm tired of hearing people saying they're Christian yet the only thing that comes form thier mouth is hate, hate, hate. If he incites a riot then I hope he's put in lock up with a really big burly lonely guy who needs some fresh meat. (see, I can hate too!)

[As aside uhh....why does he look so much like Ned Flanders? God has got to have a sense of humor becasue that mustache just screams "RIDE ME!".]

let me see if i understand this.

Casss going to go to Washington on Nov 16th on the hopes of finding some neanderthal that he can talk/incite into "Killing a Queer for Jesus"? he's going to get the neanderthal to say after he's arrested that he did it because he hates queers in order for the Shepard/Byrd law will be included in a local murder indictment and also declare that Cass told him he could do it?

Cass then is going to hope that someone arrests him using the Shepard/Byrd law for inciting a hate crime against an lgbtq - when there is no language in the bill for this - in order to start a case wending its way to SCOTUS to declare the law unconstitutional, ultimately partially using the reason that it creates a "special" right for lgbtq?

isn't Cass here taking the ultimate chance that the "other" hate crimes law, that includes religion, could also be found unconstitutional? couldn't the court find religion to be a "specially" defined group putting it in jeopardy of losing this "special" privilege?

the original 1969 law covers race, color, religion, ethnicity, and national origin only. the dilemma that i have here is that race, color, ethnicity and national origin have no choice involved; you're born with one or more of these attributes and we have seen historically how people have been killed because they were black, Italian, dark skinned, or Isreali. religion, on the other hand, is a choice. i choose NOT to be religious, and others switch religions like they do spouses. so why is it included?

oh, why do i bother? Cass is just your typical modern day pharisee - a hypocritically self-righteous person.

SammySeattle | November 6, 2009 7:37 PM

The Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act is not a separate set of laws, it is the expansion of the existing laws. Cass and his ilk would like people to think that there is a separation but with the passing of the Act last month the 1969 laws and the enhanced laws are now one in the same.

Take a look at the Advisory Board Advisory Board for his organization:

Steve Baldwin from Council for National Policy;
David Crowe - Restore America
Lou Sheldon - General all purpose hater
Jamie Johnson
Carmen Mercer - VP Minute Man HQ
Star Paker
Matthew Staver - Liberty Council

You couldn't expect anything less from a group of people like this.

Use Gandhi tactics. Non-violent but extremely confrontational counter-protests.

Get it well televised. This is vital.

Either they show themselves to be blow-hards, who talk big but get others to do their dirty work, or we get coverage that will make as big an impact on the American psyche as this photo from Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

Yes, I am calling for the non-violent equivalent of suicide bombers to step forward.

Marja Erwin | November 6, 2009 7:59 PM

If some activists are getting beaten or worse, other activists had better be ready with cameras, and alert, and still other activists with bandages, and water, and other supplies.

Also, I recall one time when neo-Nazis were rallying at the mall. We were protesting against the neo-Nazis. The neo-Nazis physically assaulted some of us (including myself). At this point, the cops charged in, beat up several anti-Nazi protesters, and charged some (assaulting a police officer's baton, with his head, iirc). So be careful. Being non-violent will not protect you from hate groups, from police attacks, or from false prosecution.

Just another reason why I love visiting the States but get to go home to Australia. Please don't compare this pathetic-excuse-for-a-man to poor old Ned Flanders! Ned is a deluded fundamentlist do-gooder but he is basically decent - Crass Cass is anything but. Oh let's face it, the reason he hate us is because he had bad potty training and his mother couldn't bring herself to admit the she brought him into the world. God has nothing to do with it.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | November 6, 2009 8:45 PM

There'$ no bu$$ne$$ like church bu$$ine$$.

Here they are, organized around something they can hate, so the pastor can get more convert$.

I don't think anything's going to come of this, nobody is that stupid. Zoe Brain commented: "If some activists are getting beaten or worse, other activists had better be ready with cameras, and alert, and still other activists with bandages, and water, and other supplies." Fine, but NO, be there ready to defend yourselves by whatever means necessary. The only way to stop a bully is to teach them they can't get away with it.

I doubt it helps anything at all, but I just submitted an inquiry to TSA about the legality of using transportation networks in an admitted attempt to perpetrate a crime.

I'm looking forward to the Fox coverage on this...and especially to the comments my coworker is sure to make if it gets covered. Maybe he'll finally give me some material to make a complaint to my supervisor!