GOP Candidates Rally Behind Pastor Willing To Cover Himself In Cow Manure ‘To Fight Gays’ (VIDEO)

People shouldn’t be ostracized for the actions of others. However, there are exceptions. When those people are openly aware of a person’s actions, yet still agree to interact and participate in events with that person, they are equally culpable.

More specifically – and to the point – Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal decided to attend an event on Friday organized by anti-gay Pastor Kevin Swanson at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. However, they’re not the only ones. Ben Carson has also attended Swanson’s events in the past. It seems like hanging around people who not only think that gay marriage is bad, but also that gay people should actually die, is a Republican thing.

Calling Pastor Swanson anti-gay is an understatement. He has called being gay “the worst possibly abomination on Earth” and has openly advocated for the death of LGBT individuals in the past numerous times. There was even one occasion on his radio show where he joked about throwing rocks at people who are gay with a fellow Pastor. He somehow thought that was funny.

BUEHNER: “I wonder what the Rose Bowl parade would do if we had the stoning of a homosexual along the parade just as an expression of free speech and all that.”

SWANSON: “I think that would be rejected by the Rose Bowl parade committee.”

BUEHNER: “Well what if the stones were just made like of flowers and flower pedals?”

SWANSON: “I don’t know if they’d allow that or not. Anyway ladies and gentlemen, this is another instance in which the degradation of our society is going mainstream.”

Pastor Swanson’s latest meeting was no different. In front of the Republican presidential hopefuls, he again called for the death of gay individuals, claiming it was in the Bible.

“There are instances in which both the Old and New Testament speak to the matter with unbelievable clarity. There’s not to be any debate about it. You know what that sin is – it’s the sin of homosexuality.”

“In fact in Romans 1 Paul affirms that this particular sin is worthy of death. The Old and New Testament, I believe both speak with authority and we outta receive it.”

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Ironically, this wasn’t the most bizarre thing he said at the event. He seems to hate gay people so much, that if he found out his own son were gay, he would “cover himself in cow manure.” Wow. Really?

“There are families, we’re talking Christian families, pastors’ families, elders’ families from good, godly churches, whose sons are rebelling, hanging out with homosexuals and getting married and the parents are invited. What would you do if that was the case? Here is what I would do: sackcloth and ashes at the entrance to the church and I’d sit in cow manure and I’d spread it all over my body. That is what I would do and I’m not kidding, I’m not laughing. I’m grieving, I’m mourning, I’m pointing out the problem.”

At least one candidate, Ted Cruz, was confronted about their intent to go to the meeting beforehand, and he didn’t care what Kevin Swanson “has or hasn’t said.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper reminded Cruz that Swanson was known for saying that Christians should hold up signs at same-sex wedding ceremonies, and that he’s instructed others to put LGBT people to death. Ted Cruz basically did everything he could to dodge the question. Instead of answering, he tried to make it a debate about “religious liberty,” and it definitely didn’t stop him from meeting up with Swanson.

By pure affiliation, Ted Cruz doesn’t seem to mind hanging out with a guy that openly calls for the deaths of LGBT individuals. Neither do several other of the Republican candidates running for president. Everyone knows where they stand on the same-sex marriage debate, that’s already over and settled, but this is something entirely different. It crosses a boundary, and should be considered hate speech if taken too far. At the very least, it mustn’t be overlooked.

Featured image via Covenant Family Church