A video of an American preacher’s seemingly anti-gay speech has gone viral.
Tweeted by British broadcaster Stephen Fry today (20 October), the Reverend Phil Snider has spoken out about gay rights in his home town of Springfield, Missouri.
Speaking at a city council meeting about bringing in gay equality laws in August, Snider said: ‘I worry about the future of our city. Any accurate reading of the Bible should make it clear that gay rights goes against the plain truth of the word of God.’
He adds: ‘The step towards gay rights is but another stepping stone toward the immorality and lawlessness that would be characteristic of the last days.
‘This ordinance represents a denial of all that we believe in and no one should force it on us. It’s not that we don’t care about homosexuals but it’s our rights which will be taken away.
‘Un-Christian views will be forced on us and our children, and we will be forced to go against our personal morals.’
Snider continues: ‘The reason is that we’ve gotten away from the Bible of our forefathers. You see the right of segregation – I’m sorry – hold on!’
As a stunned audience waits for him to continue, the preacher says: ‘I’m sorry, I’ve brought the wrong notes with me this evening. I’ve borrowed my argument from the wrong century.
‘It turns out what I have been reading to you this whole time are direct quotes from white preachers from the 1950s and the 1960s all in support of racial segregation.
‘All I have done is simply take out the phrase “racial integration”, and substituted it with the phrase “gay rights”.
‘I guess the arguments I’ve been hearing around Springfield lately sounded so similar to these that I got them confused.
‘I hope you will not make the same mistake. I hope you will stand on the right side of history. Thank you.’
In two Missouri cities, Ferguson and Maplewood adopted laws to protect gay people from discrimination in September. The Springfield measure was put on hold.
Watch the video here: