Extremist anti-gay pastor blames Larry Nassar victims for being assaulted, claiming that gymnastics “involves a fair amount of immodesty.”
Right Wing Watch reported last Friday that “extremist anti-LGBTQ pastor, Kevin Swanson, attributed USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of more than 150 women and girls he treated, in part, to the fact that gymnastics encourages “a fair amount of immodesty.”
Citing a variety of supposed dangers, such as the use of open showers, Swanson warned Christian parents against allowing their children to participate in sports because “sports tend to focus on the body.”
Here’s a transcript of what he had to say:
Sports tends to focus on the body and this is the way it was with the Greeks. They become very interested in the body. And of course the sexual aspect of the body as well. And some sports encourage immodesty, revealing large portions of the body and this happens in some sports. These are the risky sports. Here they are, what are the risky sports? Gymnastics. Gymnastics – swimming. These are the sports in which there is an added risk. And again, friends – I am laying this out for you.
Why are all of the gymnasts [at] more of a risk than other sports? In fact the Indy Star did an article on this last year. You might remember this article. It was an expose on this very thing. And it was these articles concerning gymnastics that got some of this to the surface by the providence of God.
Now I’m thankful that some of this sin is coming to the surface because at some point – God is not going to put up with twenty years of this and he’s going to pull the trigger. The civil magistrate won’t. The media will because by the sovereignty of God – he’s gonna bring this this thing to the surface and, thankfully, he did.
The Indy Star was the first – one of the first – newspapers to report this and they found – get this – 368 gymnasts who were molested.
Do you really want your daughters involved in a sport that involves a fair amount of immodesty in which, in which, red-blooded American male coaches are interacting with these girls? Or, worse yet, where the infatuation of the body eventually effects the lesbian coaches?
Here’s a few other incredible ideas espoused by Swanson:
- In 2014 he speculated that the Devil purchased Walt Disney in 2014 to turn children gay. source
- In 2015 he claimed that the 89 people massacred inside the Bataclan theater in Paris received divine retribution for worshiping Satan. source
- On his June 16, 2016 radio show, Swanson said the Orlando shooting was because of general sinfulness, quoting a section of Romans 1 commonly cited to condemn homosexuality: “God gave them over to a reprobate mind….” He then quoted Jesus’ words in Matthew 15:19: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander”, and concluded that “man has a heart problem”. He also compared the incident to a mass killing mentioned in Luke 13, to which Jesus responded “unless you repent you will likewise perish”. Swanson said that “humble homosexuals that fall on their faces and plead for God’s mercy as the publican did in the parable will go to heaven” and “proud gays will go to hell” source