Target: Pastor Kevin Boling
Goal: Condemn pastor who attacked the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling with homophobic statements.
A pastor called LGBT persons “sodomites” who will be condemned by God after the Supreme Court ruling that legalized marriage equality across the U.S. Kevin Boling is a spiritual leader in South Carolina along with being the host of the radio program “Knowing the Truth” in which he told listeners that the rainbow flag, which symbolizes gay pride, was “adopted by the sodomites here upon the face of the earth as a symbol of the movement that is actually a movement that will bring about the wrath of God.”
Boling then quoted a passage from the book of Romans to support his statements while later stating that “Listen, my friend, to drape yourself in the symbol of God’s wrath being spent when you’re actually using it as a symbol of liberation from God himself and from his Word and from his Commandments, you are heaping to yourself additional condemnation.” Clearly, Boling has spoken out of place. Identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual and having pride in this is not a sin. Furthermore, referring to gay people as “sodomites” is offensive and should not have been said.
Sign this petition to condemn Boling for his cruel and offensive statements at a time when LGBT people in society are still marginalized despite recent progress.
Dear Kevin Boling,
I am writing this letter to you to express my disapproval over what was said during your radio show “Knowing the Truth” in response to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. While it is true that you have the right to speak your mind, I am deeply saddened over what was said on air.
You referred to gay people as “sodomites” and that the rainbow flag would bring condemnation and “God’s wrath.” I would argue that the symbol of the rainbow flag is not one that shows “God’s wrath” but one that stands for joy, hope, and the idea that everyone deserves love.
As a pastor, I would think that you, too, would choose to spread a message of love and acceptance. However, you chose to spread a message of hate and intolerance. You used language that is offensive and divisive. People will not listen to anyone who is filled with hate such as yours. Above all, all people, not just those who identify as heterosexual, deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. I urge you to apologize for your statements.
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