The spirit behind the LGBT movement isn’t a simple desire for fairness and equality — it’s a demonic force that wants to make Christians renounce their beliefs and join us in hell, says antigay preacher and politician Gordon Klingenschmitt.
Klingenschmitt, a former military chaplain who is running for state representative in Colorado, made that assertion on his Pray in Jesus Name TV show Wednesday. He was discussing a situation in Lexington, Ky., in which the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission this week found that a T-shirt shop violated antidiscrimination law by refusing to print T-shirts for an LGBT pride festival.
“They want your soul,” Klingenschmitt said of LGBT activists. “They won’t be satisfied with your money. They don’t really want the T-shirts. They want your soul. They want you to disobey God so that you go to hell with them. It’s not enough that they go to hell for disobeying God, they want you to disobey God so that we all go to hell. That’s the devil’s goal in the end.”
Later on Wednesday's episode, he said court rulings in favor of marriage equality come from “demonic judges who are imposing the devil’s law upon the people.” He praised John Kallam Jr., a North Carolina magistrate who resigned his position rather than perform same-sex marriages, saying Kallam is resisting “tyranny.”
Klingenschmitt is running for the Colorado House of Representatives in District 15, which encompasses parts of northeastern Colorado Springs. He is the Republican candidate to replace Rep. Mark Waller, a Republican who is not seeking another term.
His Democratic opponent in the November 4 election, retired teacher Lois Fornander, recently told The Gazette of Colorado Springs that she got into the race specifically so Klingenschmitt would not run unopposed.
“I find my opponent is highly intolerant and very extreme,” Fornander told the paper. “He does not represent this district. I don’t understand how people can support him.”
Klingenschmitt, however, countered by saying, “My opponent is far more extreme on the left than I am in the center right.”
The Gazette reports that voters are leaning in Klingenschmitt’s favor. The district is heavily but not majority Republican; 46 percent of registered voters are Republican, 19 percent Democratic, and 35 percent unaffiliated.
Watch Klingenschmitt’s latest rants below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch.