Thursday, September 23, 2004

Religious Right willing to Kill?

Jimmy Swaggart apologizes after remark about 'killing' gay man

Jimmy Swaggart does it again. Boy, this guy is a font of compassionate conservatism. Of course, the righties can say what they want so long as they apologize later.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Christian evangelist
"And I'm going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died," Swaggart says, to laughter and applause from the congregation.

On Wednesday, Swaggart said he's jokingly used the expression
"killing someone and telling God he died" thousands of times, about all sorts of people. He said the expression is figurative, and not meant to harm.

"It's a humorous statement that doesn't mean anything. You can't lie to God - it's ridiculous," Swaggart told The Associated Press. "If it's an insult, I certainly didn't think it was, but if they are offended, then I certainly offer an apology."

One complaint was sent to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, a self-regulating industry group that enforces broadcast standards, after a Toronto television station broadcast the service, said Ann Mainville-Neeson, the group's executive director.

Audio recordings of the Sept. 12 statements have circulated on gay-themed Web sites.

Gay rights advocates have said comments such as Swaggart's encourage violent hate crimes. Cheryl Jacques, head of the Washington, D.C.-based
Swaggart was a popular television evangelist during the 1980s until a 1987 sex scandal involving a prostitute that he met in a seedy New Orleans motel. Swaggart never confessed to anything more than an unspecified sin. A few years later, he was stopped by police while driving in California with a suspected prostitute in his car.

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