John M. Becker

Alabama Public Service Commission Prays Away the Gay

Filed By John M. Becker | July 25, 2013 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch
Tags: Alabama, Baptist Church, fundies, gay marriage, marriage equality, pray away the gay, same-sex marriage, Tea Party, wingnuts

alabama.jpgTea Party preacher John Delwin Jordan of the East Memorial Baptist Church kicked off a meeting of the Alabama Public Service Commission last week with a blatantly sectarian, anti-gay prayer.

The meeting, which was ostensibly about power rates, opened with remarks by commission president Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (yes, that's really her name) praising her "dear friend" Jordan as a man who challenges her to "walk closer with [her] Creator."

Yeah, church-state separation is alive and well in Alabama, ain't it?

Jordan then comes to the front of the room, polls audience members to see how many of them believe in the efficacy of intercessory prayer, and delivers a four-minute romp through the garden of free association in which he makes explicit reference to Jehovah and Jesus. And his remarks end with a blatant attack on women's reproductive rights and marriage equality:

"God, we've taken you out of our schools, we've taken you out of our prayers, we've murdered your children, we've said it's OK to have same-sex marriage, God. We have sinned. And we ask once again that you'll forgive us of our sins."

Watch, after the jump.

I have not yet been able to determine what bearing Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry have on the rate structure of Alabama Power, but perhaps this is a subject Ms. Twinkle intends to address in a future APSC meeting.

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