Major Ron Paul Supporter Favors Death Penalty for Gays

From Alternet:

Paul’s endorsement from a pastor who wants the death penalty for gays exposes his links to radical Christian Reconstructionists.

By Adele M. Stan
December 29, 2011

At first it seemed like the moment of triumph for the Ron Paul for President campaign. The Texas congressman had won the endorsement of Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, a prominent right-wing Nebraska pastor, just as momentum built toward a possible big win for Paul in next week’s GOP caucuses in neighboring Iowa, where evangelicals comprise a majority of voters.

The campaign issued a press release on Wednesday, lauding Kayser and trumpeting his endorsement, citing “the enlightening statements he makes on how Ron Paul’s approach to government is consistent with Christian beliefs.” Then came word of Kayser’s “Christian belief” in applying the death penalty for gay male sex, and the Paulites got busy scrubbing their press release from the campaign Web site. (The text of the release and a screen shot can be seen on the Web site Outside the Beltway.)

What reporters Pema Levy and Benjy Sarlin of TPM uncovered when they scrolled through Kayser’s writings on his Web site, Biblical Blueprints, were not simply the rantings of a random fringe preacher, but a “blueprint” for the philosophy of Christian Reconstructionism, which seeks to make manifest biblical law as the law of the land. That would include the death penalty not only for the practice of sex between men, but also for adultery and insubordination by children.

Coming on the heels of recent revelations by a former aide that Ron Paul would not use the bathroom in a gay man’s home or shake the hand of a gay supporter, and the homophobic and racist utterances attributed to him in a series of newsletters published under his name in the 1980s and ’90s, news of Kayser’s death-to-the-gays theology was hardly a boon to the campaign.

In one of the many pamphlets authored by Kayser, the TPM reporters unearthed this from a tract on the biblical validity of the death penalty:

It is not just the sinfulness of homosexuality that is known, but also the justice of the death penalty for homosexuality. In verse 32 Paul says, “Who knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”

The mere threat of the death penalty for the sin of gay sex, Kayser wrote elsewhere, can be “restorative” to those so threatened. When questioned by reporters Sarlin and Levy, Kayser confirmed his beliefs.

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4 Responses to “Major Ron Paul Supporter Favors Death Penalty for Gays”

  1. Andrea B. Says:

    Some of the people interviewed on RT News have the same opinion.

    Members of the Bruges group whom you see fit to quote on the EU, gave speeches a couple of years back, about removing homosexual and transsexual rights .

    • Suzan Says:

      Listen Andrea, I am concerned about the global economy and the cascading of failures. The worlds banks have been loaning money they don’t actually have and gambling with money they don’t have on financial instruments of highly questionable value. The people I put up are addressing concerns about the impending crash, which will happen as we have reach the end of growth.
      There will be a crash there isn’t enough oil to support growth or the world’s present population. Add in climate change plus not enough water and the people you see as pessimists suddenly start sounding like optimists.

    • Suzan Says:

      How is this relevant?

  2. tinagrrl Says:

    O.K. — I guess that makes EVERYTHING they say useless. Let’s see, Ron Paul is anti-“War on Drugs”, anti-war, and in most ways anti-imperialism. At the very same time many of his “libertarian” views are insane.

    I think I’m “allowed” to quote him on stuff I agree with, while at the very same time disagreeing with his stance on other issues.

    I do not think Suzy advocated for any of those folks to run the EU — did she? Nor did she issue any sort of blanket approval of EVERYTHING any of them say

    Pointing out these failings in Ron Paul does not negate his stance on other issues — but it DOES make him unacceptable as President of ALL the people.

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