On Thursday a very emotional Ellen DeGeneres addressed the recent murder of Oxnard, California eighth grader Lawrence King.
Somewhere along the line, the killer, Brandon, got the message that it’s so threatening and so awful and so horrific that Larry would want to be his Valentine that killing Larry seemed to be the right thing to do. And when the message out there is so horrible that to be gay, you can get killed for it, we need to change the message.
I fail to see how anyone who considers himself to be a follower of Jesus Christ could disagree with that sentiment. And in case you wonder if that really happens, consider these recent remarks by Ken Hutcherson, pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Washington:
God hates soft men . . . God hates effeminate men. If I was in a drugstore and some guy opened the door for me, I’d rip his arm off and beat him with the wet end.
When asked about his remarks later, Hutcherson claimed it was a joke. But in light of three murders of “effeminate” teenage boys in the U.S. in as many weeks, I don’t think it’s very funny, do you?