"We were able to command the devil to depart from her!" - Evangelical Pastor Gordon Klingerschmitt
Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt explains to David Packman how he performed an exorcism on a lesbian and afterward "she began dating members of the opposite sex." (The smug and self-righteous Klingenschmitt commonly uses imprecatory prayers that beseech the Almighty to kill people he doesn't like.) Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out, who also appears on Packman's program, provides the voice of reason, (Painting, right, by Albert-Joseph Penot circa 1890.)
Non-White Christians Not Allowed at Christian Gathering - in Alabama, of course.
WECT reports: The flier was discovered at Norris Music in downtown Winfield Monday advertising for a conference titled: 'Annual Pastors Conference All White Christians Invited.' "It was put up throughout the town in the middle of the night. When everyone was asleep without the permission of the business owner." Norris Music manager Tyler Cantrell said. According to the flier, the three-day conference ends with a "Sacred Christian Cross Lighting Ceremony." The conference is to be held in neighboring Lamar County... The organizer of the event, Rev. William C. Collier says that his Church of God's Chosen (Christian Identity Ministries) is not a hate group but adds that he believes "the white race is God's chosen people." Collier defends why only white Christians are invited. "We don't have the facilities to accommodate other people. We haven't got any invitations to black, Muslim events... we are not invited to Jewish events and stuff," Collier said.
Annie-Rose Strasser writes on Think Progress: Collier does not specify what sort of special “facilities” people of color may need, but the line harkens back to old southern segregation, when water fountains and bathrooms had “whites only” signs similar to Collier’s flier. The church hosting the conference is named Christian Identity Ministries. This is the third annual conference — and the Ku Klux Klan is among the attendees this year. The founder of the church, Rev. Mel Lewis, complained that this year’s uproar shows a disrespect for religious liberty. (Pictured: Event organizers and flier.)
"Religious liberty" has become the catchphrase for ultraconservatives' bigotry against blacks, Latinos, Jews, and gays.