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Baptist Pastor Wants Government to Kill Gays

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Jun 4, 2012

A Baptist pastor from Kansas is being criticized for a homophobic sermon he delivered where he suggested that the government should kill gay men and woman, Good As You reported in a blog post.

Pastor Curtis Knapp of the New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kan., said that he believes that gays should be put to death by the government.

"So, you're saying we should go out and start killing them? No. I'm saying the government should. They won't, but they should," he said.

"We punish pedophilia," Knapp added. "We punish incest, we punish polygamy and various things. It's only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption."

His sermon was recorded and posted on his church's website and the anti-gay comments caught the attention of a number of national media outlets. A local reporter from the local Kansas NBC affiliate, Kanas First News, talked with Knapp about the sermon.

Reporter Lauren Seabrook asked the pastor if he believes the government should kill gays.

"It's one of those things where I can't answer that as a yes or a no. Or I couldn't put it in that sentence and leave it alone. I would have to say 100 sentences prior to that and after it to explain the whole thing," the pastor said.

Knapp said that these are not his words but the word's of God.

"In Leviticus 20:13, if there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act. They shall surely be put to death," he said in his sermon.

Knapp told the news station that his phone has been ringing off the hook.

"The answering machine gets filled up with messages and they're not very nice. Not all are like that, but most of them. Things you don't want your kids to hear." Knapp added that some individuals have threatened him but says people don't have to worry about him.

"I don't think homosexuals have anything to worry about. I don't think the government is going to do that. They don't have anything to worry about from me. I don't believe I should lay a finger against them. My hope is for their salvation, not for their death."

Knapp's comments follow a recent incident where a North Carolina pastor made very similar statements during his sermon last month.

Baptist Pastor Charles Worley said he wants to "get rid of all the lesbians and queers" by putting them into concentration camps.

"Build a great big, large fence -- 50 or a 100 miles long -- and put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food," the pastor said. "Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals - and have that fence electrified so they can't get out. Feed 'em. And you know in a few years, they'll die out. You know why? They can't reproduce."

Worley's sermon was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube - causing the video to go viral and attract national attention and criticism.

The 71-year-old minister also attacked President Obama who said he supported marriage equality last month.

"I've never been as sick in my life of our president getting up and saying it was alright for two women to marry, or two men to marry. I can tell you right now, I was disappointed bad," he said. "I'll tell you right there, it's as sorry as you can get. The Bible is against, God's against, I'm against and if you've got any sense you're against!"

Throughout the video, members of the congregation can be heard shouting "Amen" to the pastor's anti-gay remarks.

Earlier this week an Indian church was under fire for allowing (and encouraging) a toddler to sing a homophobic song during the church's congregation. The performance was also caught on camera and quickly received thousands of hits on YouTube.

"The Bible is right, somebody's wrong. Romans 1 and 27, ain't no homo gonna make it to heaven," the child sang. During the performance a man yells, "That's my boy!"

It was reported that Reverend Jeff Sangl, the pastor and founder of the church, can be seen in the clip. He apparently is encouraging the toddler by laughing and congratulating him when he finishes the song.

Listen to a clip of the pastor's sermon below:


  • , 2012-06-04 16:19:55

    Can’t figure out the NC pastor’s plan. Gay people can’t reproduce??? Every gay person I know including myself was ’reproduced’ by straight parents.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-06-04 20:16:53

    Does anyone happen to know if there are ANY requirements to call yourself a Pastor or Minister. Don’t you need SOME education beyond the 6th grade or does just having a big mouth cover the prerequisite?

  • , 2012-06-04 20:32:44

    I can not believe how you morons throw around homophobic. I would bet not a one of you even know what it means.

  • , 2012-06-04 21:32:39

    Biblical verses referring to homosexuality occur in the Old Testament, which is Jewish scripture giving a long list of laws to live by to please God. One forbids men lying with men as they would with women. Others forbid eating shellfish, wearing mixed fabrics, planting two crops in your field, shaving and many more, none of which Christians follow. For these are Jewish laws, not Christian. The Christian Messiah replaced all rules about pork, crops, clothing, shaving, shellfish and so forth with one supreme law: that you love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. That is the "new testament" of the Christian Messiah. So these pretend pastors are actually pushing orthodox Judaism. They haven’t heard the Word of their Messiah at all. Nor are they even preaching Judaism, since they leave out all the other rules of conduct and obsess on homosexuality. So what the hell are they preaching up there? Hate. Hate to fill the collection plate. There’s another problem. No scripture, from any religion, trumps our Constitution, which says we are all equals. None of us can be denied our civil rights by others, nor by a majority vote of others. No "separate but equal" citizens, no second-class citizens allowed, be they blacks, females, gays, left-handed, short, unshaven, or religious. So these pretend pastors are pushing treason against the very idea of America when they call for discrimination, hate, harm and death to fellow human beings.

  • , 2012-06-04 21:48:56

    Guess you havent read Romans? The new testement also prohibts homosexuality. I like how people toss aside old testement if it goes againbst what thye believe. Homosexuality is against God and His laws and no amount of self justification will make it acceptable. Homosexuality is an abomination always has been always will be

  • , 2012-06-04 23:33:59

    Its sad to see some closeted gays posting antigay silliness here...

  • John Hurst, 2012-06-05 00:54:26

    What a bastard. Guess he wouldn’t feel any remorse for killing off half of God’s children. Talk about disrespecting the lord.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-06-05 02:31:54

    I love the word abomination. Makes me think of a big, hairy, naked man chasing me through the snow. The abomination snowman.

  • , 2012-06-05 09:07:58

    "Its sad to see some closeted gays posting antigay silliness here.." So the worst insult you can think for those who think homosexuality is wrong is to call them gay? That’s kind of funny. Also, if homosexuality really is an abomination as the OT states and the New Testament confirms in Romans, then the most loving thing to do is to warn those who practice it so that they might be saved from it. Not Fred Phelps style, of course. But Mr. Knapp clearly states that his desire is for the salvation of homosexuals. The part about the government killing them was just to point out that God takes the sin of homosexuality seriously. Listen to Mr. Knapp’s sermon from this week -- he clearly does not hate gay people.

  • , 2012-06-05 10:51:01

    The same closeted gay guy keeps coming back here (denying any excessive interest in gays) offering superstitions instead of reason. I hope he (or she) comes around to face reality at some point. Best wishes!

  • , 2012-06-05 11:48:38

    Yes in the old testament, homosexuality is condemned along with hundreds of other ridiculous laws that the almighty All-knowing mankind put into play. Perhaps the reason Jesus came down to earth was to say "enough already people, don’t you think you’re alittle out of hand?" when he left us with those two magic phrases, "love God, and live your neighbor as yourself," he meant it. All things can fit within those parameters. But of course, the moment he left us alone with those two commandments, what did the all-knowing mankind do again? They picked up that pencil and started all over again with a list of rules and regulations that they were sure God would be pleased with. And here we are. For myself, I’ll stick to those two commandments, and not be part of the stone throwing towards my fellow mans head!

  • , 2012-06-05 13:50:38

    According to Jesus, the two great commandments sum up all of the law and prophets. They do not negate them. Adultery is still wrong. But it’s wrong because it’s not love for God and neighbor (God hates it and it is hateful to involve your neighbor in it). The same is true of homosexuality. On the other hand, food and various ceremonial laws of the old testament were specifically abrogated in the New testament. The purpose of the food laws was to set apart Israel as a nation separate from all the Gentiles. But that separation has been broken down and various passages in the new testament specifically speak to the food laws no longer being in effect. But this is not true for homosexuality. It is specifically confirmed as sinful in the new testament. So is adultery and fornication and thievery, etc. It is not hateful to tell people this truth unless the person telling is doing so with hatred in the heart.

  • Milwaukeeguy, 2012-06-05 23:44:25

    "Kansas they said was the name of the star..." Now that the Republicans bought the Wisconsin election, sound familiar Al Gore? , this kind of thing will be heard more and more....well, boys if it’s war they want, let’s give it to them!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-06-06 01:15:25

    It gets so grating hearing these silly bible thumpers spout off all this psychobabble... I swear to god, it makes me want to build an outhouse, so I can take that ridiculous book out there and put it to good use like a Sears & Roebuck catalog.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-06-08 04:10:54

    How ’bout if the government rounded up all the preachers and pithed ’em? Wouldn’t that be just too tragic?

  • , 2012-06-13 12:44:40

    The words for homosexual are never used in the Bible in the original languages. Jesus freed us from the old testiment laws on the cross. The new law is to love God and love your neighbor as yourself.

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