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Washington state senator: homos are hell-bound

“After I became a Christian, I started reading the Bible, and I’m not a scholar but I did a lot of reading. It became obvious to me that homosexuality is in the area of sin.”
— Washington State Sen. Dan Swecker, the Republicans’ chief spokesman against gay-rights legislation

Well, the state GOP picked a winner to represent their position on adding sexual orientation to the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

This amateur scholar is grade-A batsh*t crazy. I think this is a big tactical error on the part of the gay rights opponents, but maybe they are going for more drama. (Seattle Times):

The lawmaker tapped to speak for Senate Republicans opposing gay-rights legislation is an affable, soft-spoken man who believes gays will go to hell unless they change their ways.

I just read the Bible for what it says. It basically says that homosexuality is an abomination,” said Dan Swecker, a 58-year-old veteran lawmaker from the rural town of Rochester, Thurston County.

He wants gays to know they can be saved. “Somehow that message has to get out. Because if people don’t realize that it’s a sin or there’s not an opportunity for redemption, then we’re going to lose them.”

The state’s gay rights bill that has been introduced, it is expected to pass the House by the end of this week — then the issue goes before the Senate.

Lest you think that he doesn’t have the backing of his Republican colleagues, here is what their leader says:

“I make a point to use who I think is the best person in our caucus to be our spokesperson,” said Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla.

And it’s not just the homos that Swecker is concerned about. He has well-rounded wingnut credentials — he wants Roe v. Wade overturned, prayer back in schools and the inclusion of creationism — but the homos are a special focus for him.

He’s about as conservative as they come when dealing with social issues. Swecker opposes abortion, except in limited circumstances, and wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. He supports prayer in school. And he’d like to see creationism taught as well.

I think creationism is as reasonable an explanation for the origin of species and mankind as the theory of evolution,” he said.

…He argues, for example, that gay rights is a steppingstone to gay marriage. And if gay marriage becomes legal, he says, it will overtax the social safety net that supports traditional marriage by allowing gay spouses to tap into Social Security benefits, pensions and health insurance.

He also says gay rights would violate individuals’ right to free association, and that business owners and landlords who oppose homosexuality should have the right to deny gays a job or housing.

Of course then he contradicts himself with this statement.

Swecker said his views on gay rights do not come from anger or hate. “What I’m trying to reflect from my position on homosexuality is love, not discrimination, not persecution, not punishment, not any of those things,” he said.

You may not be surprised to learn (and may be horrified by the fact) that Swecker home-schooled his now-grown four children for part of their education.

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