Jan 15, 2013 1:26 AM by Jacqui Heinrich, firstname.lastname@example.org
A local pastor is causing a national stir equating homosexuals to cannibals, child molesters, rapists, and murderers. Pastor David Beuhner of Christ the King Church in northern El Paso County is calling for discrimination against the gay community as state lawmakers revisit marriage equality this session.
"If we embrace homosexuality, we'll destroy society, we'll destroy families, we'll destroy everything. It's not just that God hates homosexuals, there's a reason why he hates it." That's the line causing national outrage from the LGBT community; Pastor David Beuhner took to the airwaves early this month on his radio show 'Generations' in what he says is a last-ditch effort to save our society from falling off the moral cliff.
"If you break natural laws-- you say you don't believe in gravity, you jump off a building, you're gonna die. Homosexuality has consequences and God designed those consequences," Beuhner told News 5's Jacqui Heinrich in an exclusive interview explaining his on-air remarks.
As the Colorado legislature reopens the issue of marriage equality this session, Beuhner is speaking out not just against civil unions, but calling for discrimination against gays, equating them to cannibals, rapists, and child molesters. "The word of god is quite clear. He's destroyed every culture that has embraced homosexuality. The sin is similar to that of cannibalism and child molestation in the sense that it's a sin against society," Beuhner said. "I'm calling for discrimination against adulterers, rapists, murderers, homosexuals. Yes, we must discriminate as a society."
It's a view members of the local LGBT community find insulting but not surprising. "This is just par for the course for individuals that try to put fear into the LGBT community and spread hate," Charles Irwin, director of the Colorado Springs Pride Center told News 5.
Beuhner says his rhetoric isn't hate but love, warning gays of the destruction they'll bring to all if they don't repent. He's even calling on lawmakers to remove homosexuals from society, saying they'll also pay the price at the golden gates if they don't fall in line. "God's law to the civil magistrate in terms of homosexuality says you should remove the abomination from the land, so that's God's instruction to the people who work up in the capitol who make our laws. That's what they're going to be held accountable for," he said.
Irwin says this won't shake the LGBT community's spirit or work at the capitol, and he doesn't blame Christians for perpetuating the LGBT struggle. "86% [of Christians] don't believe that discrimination is good and they're not going to do that. They're for equality and it's just an old concept and an old way of thinking and it's becoming a minority," Irwin said.
Last session the clock literally ran out on the legislature and the civil unions bill never came to a full vote of the house and died. Governor Hickenlooper has called it a priority this session.