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