Advocates for Houston’s LGBT-inclusive antidiscrimination ordinance have the hearts of the terrorist group ISIS and would gladly chop off their opponents’ heads, says TV preacher Donnie Swaggart.
He made the statement during a segment of the program Frances & Friends, a talk show hosted by his mother, Frances Swaggart, on Sonlife Broadcasting Network, which is part of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, founded by his father — a well-known televangelist famously caught in two prostitution scandals.
Here’s an excerpt of what Donnie Swaggart had to say:
“The war on the church and Christianity and our beliefs and the war on God … listen, all of this is to shut the Bible out. They want the Bible gone. And I’m gonna make a statement: These people that are trying to do this in Houston — the only difference between them and ISIS, those thugs in Iraq, is those here cannot chop our heads off. That’s the only difference; their heart is the same. The heart is the same. If they could silence us that way to intimidate others, that’s exactly what they would do.”
Right Wing Watch shared a short video clip from the program:
The segment, which Right Wing Watch says aired last month, starts with Swaggart encouraging people to email the office of Houston mayor Annise Parker regarding subpoenas that had been issued to five ministers in the area. The subpoenas, which were withdrawn late last month, were issued in connection as part of the discovery phase in a lawsuit related to the nondiscrimination ordinance passed in Houston earlier this year.
After a referendum seeking to repeal the ordinance failed to qualify for the ballot, some opponents of LGBT equality filed a lawsuit. They claimed that some signatures gathered in support of the repeal measure were incorrectly deemed invalid. The fact that the city subpoenaed materials (including sermons) from five pastors sparked an outcry against perceived religious persecution of the “Houston five.”
Donnie Swaggart is hardly the first anti-LGBT religious figure to weigh in on the issue; many others sounded off during the recent I Stand Sunday event in Houston.