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Southern Baptist leader says gay marriage may be responsible for North Korean war threats

Southern Baptist Convention president Fred Luter has suggested that same-sex marriage in the US could be responsible for North Korea’s war threats and that leader Kim Jong-Un could be an unwitting agent of God’s divine retribution
Fred Luter with the then US President George W Bush
Photo: Shealah Craighead

Southern Baptist Convention president Fred Luter (far right) used a March 27 appearance on a Christian news radio network to suggest that North Korea’s recent ramping up of war threats against the US might be a response to the legalization of same-sex marriage in America – suggesting that the country’s dictator, Kim Jong-Un could be an unwitting agent of divine retribution.

‘At precisely the same time the Supreme Court is hearing these arguments on same-sex marriage in Asia a crazy man in possession of nuclear weapons, Kim Jong-un, is openly saying: I have ordered our military to position our rockets on US targets in Hawaii, Japan, Guam and the mainland of the United States,’ Tru News radio host Rick Wiles said to Luter.

‘I don’t know if anybody is … putting this together. You got this happening over here and you got this happening over here: could the two be connected? Could our slide into immorality be what is unleashing this mad man over here in Asia to punish us?’

‘I’m not that strong in prophecy but I would not be surprised that there’s not a connection there simply because of the fact we’ve seen it happen in scripture before,’ Luter responded.

‘I would not be surprised that at the time when we are debating same-sex marriage, at a time when we are debating whether or not we should have gays leading the Boy Scout movement, I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that we have a mad man in Asia who is saying some of the things that he’s saying,’

Luter told Wiles that he agreed with his analysis that the US may end up being ‘destroyed’ like Sodom and Gomorrah over same-sex marriage.

‘I don’t think that [people] are aware of what the consequences of these decisions and choices can be to our nation and to our families and to our churches.’

In recent weeks the North Korean regime has announced that it is in a ‘state of war’ with South Korea and that any US interference would result in an all-out nuclear conflict.

Luter’s comments were discovered and circulated by RightWingWatch.org – a project of People For the American Way dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities of far-right groups.

Luter is the first African American to lead the Southern Baptist Convention.

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