“Death to gays” was the message of a church sign that Georgia Pastor Robert Lee shared with his community, and after being confronted by complaints and media attention, he’s standing by it.
Lee is a pastor at the Ten Commandments Church in Milledgeville, Georgia, and he didn’t think there was anything so controversial about the sign that reads as follows.
“Homosexuality is a death worthy crime! — Leviticus 20:13.”
A jogger was taken aback by the presence of the sign and said that he had to “look twice” to see if it really said what it said, in comments to WGXA.
While Owens said that he’d seen opposition to homosexuals in the past, this was the first time anything had “crossed a line.”
“I’ve never seen anything that crossed the line in inferring death on a group,” said Robert Owens, who was particularly offended by the sign because of people within his family who identify as gay.
Lee defended the “death to gays” sign in comments to the news station.
“Homosexuality is an abomination, and the Bible says that homosexuality is a death-worthy crime.”
A previous sign that Lee shared with his community said that gays and lesbians were “a disgrace” to humanity and an “abomination,” but his previous efforts didn’t go as far as this one.
The escalation is due in part to the pending case at the U.S. Supreme Court, which could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
“The institution of marriage was instituted by God and it should not be changed by people who deserve not to live,” Lee said. He added that if gay people ever entered his church, he would reject them wholeheartedly.
“It’s not going to work,” he said. “Before I accept homosexuality, I will die.”
According to the New International Version (NIV) translation of Leviticus 20:13, homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. The exact text as follows.
“If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Some denominations of Christianity have started going against the grain, however, with pastors like Rob Bell embracing people who identify as LGBT and, specifically, same-sex marriage.
But what do you think, readers? Is it possible to be gay and Christian? And do you think that signs like the “death to gays” sign from Pastor Lee should be banned? Sound off in the comments section.