By David Edwards
Monday, October 15, 2012
An Iowa pastor who has called for an Iowa judge to be removed because he voted to legalize same sex marriage recently used a sermon to castigate a woman for objecting to political activism at his church.
The Associated Press reported on Sunday that City Church of Burlington Rev. Steve Youngblood had acknowledged wanting to “slap” the woman in his Oct. 7 sermon after she raised objections to fliers that were being distributed at the church on the grounds that it was illegal for tax-exempt organizations to promote political candidates or causes.
The fliers backed the removal of Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, one of the justices who joined in a unanimous decision that overturned a law banning same sex marriage in the state. The woman contacted the group Vote Yes To Retain Iowa Supreme Court Justices, which later filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.
In the Oct. 7 Sermon, Youngblood lashed out at the woman, saying that he would “like to slap her” and that her husband should “correct her.” The pastor added that the woman’s actions were “not Christian behavior.”
“What makes me madder is that this person’s husband won’t correct them,” he ranted. “I don’t like rebellious women. I don’t like rebellious men, either. They’re even worse.”