A group of anti-gay leaders held a press conference in Texas the other day to deliver the usual decrees about the horrors of the dreaded gay agenda. Pastor Steve Washburn of First Baptist Pflugerville gave the typical “they’re going to start arresting pastors for preaching the word of God” bullshit.
Citing absolutely zero evidence, Washburn said that gay rights activists are trying to enact hate speech laws and throw pastors in jail.
“If it becomes illegal for us to stand in our pulpit and preach pro-family issues, if that biblical language becomes hate speech, if we are facing imprisonment by speaking our religion which is defended by the First Amendment, we are going to see thousands and thousands of Bible-preaching pastors going to jail,” he said. “And I don’t think anyone wants to see that.”
He’s right, no one wants to see that — including gay rights activists. No one other than a few fringe authoritarians would even suggest such a thing and even if they had some influence over policy, no such law could ever be passed or would survive a legal challenge if it did. This is pure delusional paranoia.