Kansas pastor Curtis Knapp is one of many far-right religious leaders under fire this week for preaching violent anti-gay rhetoric, telling his congregation at New Hope Baptist Church that homophobia is good because it keeps gay people in the closet, adding, “Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them? No, I’m saying the government should. They won’t, but they should.” He defended his remarks yesterday on CNN:
KNAPP: We punish pedophilia. We punish incest. We punish polygamy and various things. It’s only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption. In Leviticus 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act. They shall surely be put to death.” [...]
I don’t think homosexuals have anything to worry about. I don’t think the government’s going to do that. They don’t have anything to worry about from me. I don’t believe I should lay a finger against them. My hope is for their salvation, not for their death.
It’s good to know that gay people have “nothing to worry about” from a conservative pastor who openly advocates for their genocide.