A young Christian preachers argues that the government should “humanely” put homosexuals to death.
Atheist YouTube personality Skylar Fiction posted an interview with controversial 22-year-old Christian preacher, Matt Powell, who argues that the Bible calls for the summary execution of homosexuals.
Patheos provided a brief introduction to Matt Powell and his interview, reporting that:
Matt Powell is the angry Christian preacher who said atheists were all Coke-drinking video game addicts and that scientists were hiding the truth about the Sun and moon.
We all had a good laugh at the 22-year-old preacher because the guy clearly had willfully ignorant gaps in his knowledge. But in a recent interview, he showed he’s so much worse than that.
About eight minutes into the interview the relevant portion began, but the entire video clip is worth a watch.
“As far as homosexuality goes, I believe the Bible puts the death penalty on it,” Powell began. “I believe it’s disgusting. And incidentally, every scientific test has come back and said that homosexuals are 50 more times likely to get AIDS. So we got this AIDS thing spreading. And AIDS.gov CDC.gov – when you get on there, it’s a fact that this is the case.”
Skylar questioned whether those statistics were true, but for arguments sake decided to say that they were.
“Even if I grant you that premise – and I don’t think that’s the case,” he responded. “I say so what? Why can’t gay monogamous people who aren’t having sex with multiple people unprotected – shouldn’t they have the right to love each other and adopt children and things like that? Now just because you’re gay doesn’t mean that you’re predetermined to have more AIDS. There’s nothing biologically that means you have more AIDS. Now promiscuous choices can give you a higher AIDS rate – if you choose not to use protection or if you have more partners without protection – absolutely.”
Continuing, he asked: “You don’t believe that gay people should be stoned to death, do you?”
“I believe the Bible puts the death penalty on it,” Powell responded, adding “Obviously, not by me or anybody in a regular society, obviously. I believe it’s the government’s job to execute criminals. I believe that the Bible says clearly that homosexuality is a criminal crime. It’s a crime. It’s one of the worst crimes ever.”
“We’re not a theocracy in this country, so you don’t believe that our government should stone them,” Skyler pressed. Adding: ““Is that what you’re advocating for, that our government should stone gays to death to execute them?”
“By whatever means they execute people. And obviously, I believe in humane, you know, putting to death,” Powell replied.
Skylar pointed out the hypocrisy of Powell’s use of the word “humane” in that context.
“I think it’s a contradiction what you’re saying, humane – you can’t use the word humane and then say you are going to kill people who are gay,” Skylar stated.
“Whatever our government says, as far as for a death penalty, I think should go for them,” Powell clarified.
“But you’re saying that you agree that the government should create laws in order to execute gay people, that’s what you’re telling me?” Skylar asked.
“Absolutely,” Powell responded. “That’s what the Bible says. I didn’t write the Bible.”
Skylar followed up asking about disobedient children.
“So by your logic children who disobey their parents should be stoned to death too, right?” Skylar asked.
“Well the Bible says that ‘the wage of sin is death,'” Powell responded.
You can watch the conversation in the clip below, already cued up to the relevant portion.