Happy Pride month Orlando here comes the Make America Straight Again rally set for this weekend just a couple of days away from the three year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shootings. The three-day event is being hosted by Pastor Patrick Boyle of the Revival Baptist Church of Orlando and in his interviews, he looks harmless enough but don’t be fooled, he and the speakers he has brought to Central Florida are beyond radical.
Yep, this group of hate mongers use religion as a weapon and are in town to promote their extreme homophobic views in the same area where 49 people died at a gay nightclub three years ago.
Let’s begin with preacher Steven Anderson, who made national news for celebrating the Pulse shootings as soon as it happened because there were “50 less pedophiles in this world.” He added that he’s “not gonna sit here and cry about it and say it’s a tragedy, because it’s not.” He’s also said if he could push a button and kill every homosexual, he would “push it until it breaks.”
The group is small but dangerous and they have taken the name of the New Independent Fundamentalist Baptists. I know many people who are Baptists and I am sure this group would not be welcome to Sunday services.
Another scheduled speaker is Sacramento-based preacher Roger Jimenez. In 2016, he said of the Pulse shooting: “Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?”
“If we lived in a righteous government, they should round them all up and put them up against a firing wall, and blow their brains out.”
Boyle himself has made extreme statements, which he highlights in his own promotional video: “God hates homos. Amen. God hates the faggots and the queers and the LGBT crowd.”
Rev. Boyle himself has made extreme statements, which he highlights in his own promotional video: “God hates homos. Amen. God hates the faggots and the queers and the LGBT crowd.”
To their credit when Rev. Boyle asked to hire local police to serve as security for the event there was no takers. I am happy to report not a single police officer from the area wanted to be associated with the group.
Rev. Boyle was forced to hire private security for the event while you can bet the local police will be watching every aspect of this bizarre get together.
Let me be clear, I am a huge First Amendment guy, I fought my entire professional career to protect the rights of people to speak freely even if what they say makes my skin crawl. But when the crew behind the “Make America Straight Again,” craziness are not exercising free speech, they are using their “religion,” to advocate the wiping off the earth of gay peiple and by they they aren’t to friendly to women either.