Sep. 22nd, 2004
Maw, git out the crosses, we gon' kill us some faggots tonight  
Swaggart, Falwell, Bush... all based in the same flawed, fundamentalist prejudices.

You can watch the video here. He ends his rant thanking god for President Bush, followed by applause from the audience. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Bush supporters—the audience that Ed Gillespie and the GOP are now placating and beholden to.

Just a few years ago, in 1998, Matthew Shepard was tortured and killed while a shocked nation watched on. Despite that, Congress still refused to add gays to hate crime legislation. Now, in 2004, Swaggart says this and where's the outrage? Where is the FCC that was all over Janet's boob? Instead, fueled by religious extremists in this country, religious leaders, our President, and Congressional leaders, bigotry flourishes.

Our President decries activist judges?! Thank GOD or whom/whatever that we have those so-called activist-judges. For without them, we'd have no rights.

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Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart Threatens To Kill Gays
09.20.04

By Jan Prout

(Toronto, Ontario) A Canadian television station has apologized publicly to viewers for a telecast of American evangelist Jimmy Swggart's television program in which he threatened to kill gays.

The program, aired last week on Omni 1, a Toronto multicultural station, and throughout the US, has also prompted an investigation by the Canadian Radio Television Commission, the government agency which regulates television.

During the program, a rambling sermon by Swaggart who is trying to rehabilitate himself after an arrest for soliciting a prostitute, the televangelist turned to the subject of gay marriage.

According to a transcript of the program, Swaggart said: "I'm trying to find the correct name for it... this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men... I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I'm gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I'm gonna kill him and tell God he died."

The remarks were met with applause from his congregation.

The program was taped at Swaggart's ministry in New Orleans where voters Saturday agreed to amend the Louisiana constitution to bar same-sex marriage.

The CRTC investigation was prompted by a complaint by a viewer in Ottawa. It is not known if any complaints had been made in the US where the show appears on stations in all 50 states. A spokesperson for the FCC which regulates television in the US did not return calls for comment Sunday.

Toronto station Omni 1 reviewed the tape after a complaint was made. A spokesperson called the remarks "a serious breach" of Canadian broadcast regulations.

Omni 1 is owned by Rogers Communications a conglomerate that controls the largest cable and cell phone companies in Canada and also owns television and radio stations and a publishing company.

Under Canadian law hate speech is a criminal offense. Broadcast lawyers say that both the station and Swaggart could be charged in addition to any penalty imposed by the CRTC.

The FCC has wide powers for imposing fines. Last month the Commission fined 20 CBS television stations more than $25,000 each over the Janet Jackson bare breast incident at the Super Bowl.

In 1987 Swaggart in a tearful sermon begged forgiveness from his followers after being found with a prostitute.

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Blissfully Aware: _diamondicons'skerfect on September 22nd, 2004 - 11:34 am
crap..it's like we're going back in time. This is not suppose to happen in the 21st goddamn century.
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mark or marky: spikeymarkormarky on September 22nd, 2004 - 11:52 am
and remember when falwell and pat robertson said on the 700 club right after 9/11 that the attack was god's vengence for the decadence of manhatten? falwell also said god was taking vengence upon san francisco when earthquakes happened a few years back.

i kept waiting for falwell to say the recent hurricanes were god's vengence for all the stupidity in the deep south, and especially florida. his statement never came, tho.

i guess when natural disasters happen to faggots, it is god's judgement; and when natural disasters happen to The Bible Belt, it is simply a natural disaster.

Jesus wept.

jimmy swaggart would be fucking hilarious (unintentionally of course) if only he didn't have sheep.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on September 24th, 2004 - 12:08 pm
they say things like this, yet people keep following them. I think this should expose their bias and the ridiculousness of the views of bigots like George W. Bush. Yet, everyone just lets them go on under the guise that religion somehow makes bigotry all right.
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xvarekaixxvarekaix on September 22nd, 2004 - 05:13 pm
that's so aggravating! It's annoying how much of that kind of asinine crap gets through the cracks. =/

anyways, randomly saw you! you seem cool, hit me up sometime on aim. SteadmanRulez. <3
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Poet Guypharm1215 on September 23rd, 2004 - 10:37 am
I wasn't aware of this. What a hypocrite..... I'm so "sure" God would approve of him killing someone. What a freaking lame ass.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on September 24th, 2004 - 12:09 pm
I know... this is hardly getting any press. I guess they don't want it reflecting negatively on our fearless armchair warrior president.
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eviltickles on September 23rd, 2004 - 11:08 pm
just be glad you're in LA where the influences of biggotry is somewhat diluded by culture. in mv, everyone is white and republican. i swear i'd get more nasty looks about my HRC sticker on my car if they only knew what it meant...
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ambersuzanneambersuzanne on September 26th, 2004 - 12:40 pm
what does it mean?
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eviltickles on September 26th, 2004 - 12:45 pm
the hrc sticker is a blue square with two yellow stripes (www.hrc.org) forming an equals sign meaning equality. most people in mission viejo don't know what the symbol is though.
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ambersuzanneambersuzanne on September 26th, 2004 - 01:44 pm
oh the equal sign
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Andreworderinchaos on September 24th, 2004 - 09:34 am
I was actually old enough to remember that 'I have sinned' episode on TV, back when he was the richest TV evangelist in the world. The entire church distanced itself from him at that point - including my church at the time, which had even had him over to speak once or twice. As I recall a number of people pointed out he didn't seem to be that upset after the prostitute, only after being found out. If I recall, one of the big parts of the story was that he was married and therefore cheating on his wife. Interesting in the current context...

Oh and good on the Canadian broadcasting laws. Didn't good old Dr Laura fall foul of them a few years back?
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ambersuzanneambersuzanne on September 26th, 2004 - 12:38 pm
um... I dont think Mr. Swaggart has anything to worry about considering that he had to pay a straight woman just to be in the same room with him. I worry for stupid people who would actually go to his church - I mean, even after the A/G told him to step down, he still refused as if prostitution is ok if youre a preacher. That man is weird and seriously doesnt need to worry about any gay man looking at him with desire.
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