Rachel Maddow Reports On “Death To Gays” Conference Attended By Three GOP Candidates [VIDEO]

Last night Rachel Maddow became the first (and she’ll likely be the only) mainstream media journalist to report extensively on the GOP “death to gays” conference held over the weekend. Maddow wisely let the videos do much of the talking, saying, “This really was a ‘kill the gays’ call to arms.” Her report begins at the 6:00 mark in the clip below. Don’t expect this to come up at tonight’s GOP debate hosted by Fox, which Maddow openly wonders if they’ll be brave enough to do.

  • FAEN

    Aside from the fact that Swanson is unhinged what does it say that 3 men(and I use that term loosely)running for the Republican nomination curled up to this piece of filth?

    Come 2016 we ALL better get out and vote because the alternative to a Dem in the WH is too frightening to contemplate.

    • Sam_Handwich

      i for one look forward to the nightmarish theocratic hellscape that President Cruz will usher in.

      • Christopher

        If it spawns the Zombie apocalypse I’m all on board.

      • Duane Dimitrov

        we need to just give them the South. Let it secede.

        I, for one, believe we could have productive foreign relations with the Confederate States of America.

        I’m sure President Cruz, Vice President Kim Davis, and Secretary of State Kevin Swanson would do just fine. And with Paul Ryan drafting the budget and running the economy, what could go wrong?

        • Friday

          They only deserve like Mississipi and Alabama or something.

      • KnownDonorDad
    • Wynter Marie Starr

      I intend on volunteering to drive registered Democrats that aren’t mobile to vote. This election is that important that none of us can sit it out. The GOP getting into bed with the evangelicals is the largest threat to democracy we’ve ever seen.

      • FAEN

        We should all volunteer in some capacity. Elections have consequences and if we don’t GOTV we could end up with another nut job on SCOTUS! We can’t let that happen.

        • Wynter Marie Starr

          I agree completely. Every one of us should do what we can.

        • RLK2

          Yes, just look at Kentucky in terms of what happens if Democrats don’t show up. Now you have a Teabagger Governor that would likely follow this guy.

      • BudClark

        If you are permanently disabled (as I am), it’s a simple matter to get a permanent vote-by-mail absentee ballot. That’s also a good idea in states which don’t require a reason for the request … gets around at least SOME of the voter suppression shenanigans.

        • Wynter Marie Starr

          In my area there are people that aren’t mobile because they don’t have cars. They aren’t all disabled. I’m pleased to hear that there is a method in place for those that are disabled.

        • WildwoodGuy

          I just always hated having to try to find my polling place. Sometimes because I was relatively new to the area and sometimes because they changed the location. I started years ago requesting an absentee ballot on the excuse that I would be traveling out of state on election day and I used that excuse from then on. Of course, here in WA every election is completed by mail. We never have to go to the polls at all and if you’re too cheap to put a stamp on it, it still gets delivered and your vote still counts.

          • Ontogenesis

            They’ve got voting vans set up so you don’t even have to use a stamp. I personally find mail voting more boring than getting to go to the polling place.

        • Grumpy old Man

          Here in ‘the other’ Washington we all vote by mail all the time. There are still some who find that just too damned difficult, sigh.

          • Ontogenesis

            Aren’t the mail voting rates about the same as “regular” in-person voting? I was surprised by that one. :shrugs: I vote in every election and even absentee ballot voted from Japan.

          • WildwoodGuy

            I don’t have an answer for you off the top of my head, but it would be interesting to compare the two.

        • Guyzer

          most liberals are disabled by mental illness

      • Duane Dimitrov

        Totally agree.

        A few years ago it would have been hyperbolic to say so. Today? No, the insurrectionist talk has reached too fevered of a pitch to ignore. These are dangerous radicals.

        • Wynter Marie Starr

          They are and they scare the hell out of me.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            It’s pretty scary. This Swanson guy is sanctioning anti-LGBT violence to his followers.

            Most of course won’t do it for fear of arrest, but there will be one or two who do, spurred on by this rhetoric. This kind of hate speech needs to be illegal.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            I completely agree. These “preachers” know exactly what they are doing and they hope to incite the more unbalanced among them to violence. I can’t stand these vile, evil people, but I would never call for violence against them. The fact that more people of faith don’t speak out against this rhetoric is very disheartening and I really have no respect left to give. That three GOP candidates went to this would be murderer’s freak fest just encourages me to work that much harder against them. If I have a single thing to do or say about it the only way they’ll see the inside of the White House is on a guided tour.

            I don’t know where this country went off the rails that this sort of behavior is not only accepted, but encouraged by the people WE PAY to represent us. We are the reason they draw their paychecks and they are there to represent all of us, not just those they approve of. They forget that the LGBT community is part of every one’s community.

          • cleos_mom

            If the NALTS don’t condemn calls for genocide, they’re even more useless than most of us thought. My guess: the major concern in that corner is ‘how it makes us look.’

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            I can tell you if I were a member of a group calling for the genocide of others, I’d be shouting from the rooftops about my disagreement. I’d also be taking those calling for such things to task. Loudly. I suspect you’re right and the concern is bout how it makes them look, but the concern should be: What is right?

          • Dee

            He is promoting the killing of gays.

          • Grumpy old Man

            Do not forget that these gobshite freaks openly travel to various countries to lobby for the death penalty for LGBT there since they can’t get it done here.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            Having lived in Africa, I can tell you the damage these morons do is immense. Their passports should be confiscated.

      • B Snow

        I was thinking of doing that. Would the local Democratic party headquarters be the ones to contact?

        • Wynter Marie Starr

          Yup, or any local politician. It’s a great way to get people to the polls, B. Especially if the weather is foul.

          In the aftermath of Sandy, no one could tell me where to go vote. (My polling place is a local school, which was put out of commission for months after the storm) I have friends all over the states and they got in touch with their local leaders who got me the information.

      • wargames83

        First you should be driving registered Republicans that don’t intend on voting on any of these three lunatics to the primaries so they don’t get the nomination.

        • Wynter Marie Starr

          LOL, good point. But, if you are volunteering, asking anyone who they voted for or are voting for really isn’t kosher.

    • If the WH goes to the GOP/TP, and Congress doesn’t shift, that means they’ll pick the next few SCOTUS members, too. Along with passing enough crazy just out of spite to qualify the USA as a de facto theocracy.

  • Gustav2

    You were allowed to repent and join the Roman Church during the Inquisitions, right?

    • grada3784

      You had the opportunity to work out your penance, often in life imprisonment.

    • KnownDonorDad

      “How we doin’, any converts today?”

      “Not a one, nay nay nay.”

      “We’ve flattened their fingers, we’ve branded their buns, nothing is working…send in the nuns!”

  • Michael Rush

    Rachel Maddow thank you thank you thank you … bring this crap out where people can see it !!!

    • Unfortunately, the only people who will see it already pretty much know about this stuff.

      • Michael Rush

        CBS reported it pretty half ass ” Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal preach conservative principles “

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          CBS has been unable to fly to any journalistic heights since their wings were clipped over that Dan Rather/ GWbush national guard scandal. They just dont want to ruffle feathers. corporate media is crap

      • RLK2

        Move it on social media!

    • Steve Morrison

      Rachel you are the best!

  • bambinoitaliano

    That’s the state of America politic has come to. Under any circumstances these people would not be allow to hold office unless you are living in a banana republic. When citizens take democracy for granted and neglect their duties to hold their politicians accountable, unsavoury characters like these easily slip through to infest the governing system.

    • Ninja0980

      It’s also what happens when you don’t take local and state elections seriously either.
      LGBT youth suffer bullying in many parts of the country not just from other students but the local school board as well, many of whom have been stacked with religious reich folks like this guy.

      • FAEN

        Yes! As Dems/Progressives, we need to vote in every bloody election from School Board to POTUS.

        • Cackalaquiano

          Yes! Each election is important, even local ones. School Board is pretty important- think about whackos actively trying to indoctrinate children with creationism, abstinence only sex ed and other wicked crap.

      • cleos_mom

        Not to mention how deeply the “both parties are the same” rot has burrowed.

    • RoFaWh

      A clear solution to the problem: make voting mandatory.

      Difficulty: it wouldn’t work.

  • Ninja0980

    This needs to be brought out into the light and Ted Cruz needs to explain whether or not he agrees with Swanson about whether or not we should be put to death.
    Make no mistake, Ben Carson and Trump will flame out at some point and Ted Cruz will be there to get their voters.
    This man is an evil sociopath who truly wishes the worst for us, we can’t let him or any other Republican get in the White House next year, we just can’t.

    • Mark

      Agree! That has been Teddy’s plan all along!

    • BobSF_94117

      You don’t ask them if they agree — of course they’ll say they don’t — you ask why they sat there through it.

  • NeverEclipsed

    Thank you Rachel Maddow for covering this. I found this to be very upsetting I think the fact that 3 people trying to become the next president attended that is unacceptable.

  • Mark

    So now where all those ‘moderate’ Christians who think this guy is full of shit? What? You say they have been shamed to silence? You say they are afraid to speak up? You say they are willing to not object and let the extremists define who they are?

    Then ‘they’ own the hate speech as well. They are part and parcel of the belligerent hate. They are willing followers. They are soldiers for the insane.

    But hear one thing. When you come for me – you better bring a mob. You better bring a mob that is armed to the teeth. Because I will and I will blow your ass clean back out my gate.

    • grada3784

      It’s not their side of the street that’s being dirtied. Otherwise, our silent invisibles would be more evident.

    • Alan43

      I’m a liberal Christian and I think Swanson is full of shirt

      I belong to a church that marched in Chicago’s gay pride parade

      And that works with homeless gay youth

      And has a gay senior minister

      • David Walker

        And has openly and fully and publicly denounced this whacko? I admire Christian churches that do what your church does…yet the denunciation of other xns is inaudible. If you are not comfortable with the assumption that all Christians believe this, as you say, shirts, then you need to come out. Please understand…marching in a Pride parade is good, but that’s preaching to the choir. Working with homeless gay youth is an incredibly important act, and I congratulate your church for doing that. Is that being “hidden under a bushel”?

        I do believe there actually are Christians, and that you are good people and are our allies. But it’s kind of like what we’ve had to do with the propaganda about us being pedophiles. We know we aren’t, we know the stats, and we needed to fight, fight, and fight some more before people started to changed their minds. It’s heartening when the UCC or the Presbyterians or other denominations announce their welcoming status and their support, but that also means taking an aggressive, vocal, audible and legible stand against these “shirts,” else why bother? And good churches take time to feed the hungry, assist the poor, help the homeless. If you’re going to help us, if you’re going to object to what the xns are preaching and what the candidates are supporting, you have to be as loud.

        My congratulations to your church, especially for working with our homeless youth, some of whom are homeless because of their “god-fearing” parents. I hope you can understand why we question the sincerity of the “we’re not all like that” crowd. We sometimes overlook the good guys while we are being threatened with death by others who claim your religion.

        • Bj Lincoln

          You nailed it my friend!

          • David Walker

            Thanks, Bj. There is a scene in “Pride” that made me think about this. Gethen, a Welsh gay man, left Wales several years earlier because of his mother. “She’s religious,” he says. “She hasn’t spoken to me in 16 years.” Hefvina, the older Welsh woman he’s talking to, asks, “And what have you said to her?” It’s kind of like that.

        • NancyP

          Find those open and accepting churches an LGBT or ally experienced media advisor who can also work their contacts (alert local news to colorful protest before hand, schedule that protest at local news time so reporters can go live, have designated speakers lined up for media, etc).

          Most churches and most pastors know squat about how media works.

        • JCF

          “yet the denunciation of other xns is inaudible”

          FWIW, this is a personal project that I’m working on, at my (Episcopal) parish.

          Episcopalians, like other Mainline followers-of-Jesus, tend to be very conflict-averse. Well, yeah: famously, we might hint that someone “used the wrong fork”, but tub-thumping fire&brimstones DENUNCIATIONS? Since most Episcopalians are refugees from other churches (Yours Truly excepted, I’m a Cradle-palian), fire&brimstone denunciations are PRECISELY the sort of thing they came to the Episcopal Church to AVOID!

          Now, you can say “it’s all about WHAT you’re denouncing!”—and I agree. But there’s a reason we’re known as the “Frozen Chosen”. It’s hard to move Episcopalians off that “Keep Calm and Carry On [following Jesus]” demeanor. However, they need to remember the Jesus of Matthew 23, denouncing the Fundie HATERS of his time:

          13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them.[d] 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell[e] as yourselves.

          23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe [niceties to the Temple], and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!

          28 So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

          33 You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?[g]

          We Episcopalians (and other followers of Jesus…OR the Higher Power Who is LOVE known by many Names) need to go and do likewise!

          • David Walker

            Wow. Thank you, JCF. I love to learn, and while anymore I’m pretty much the poster boy for not being able to teach old dogs new tricks, I truly appreciate what you’ve written. Remembering it is something else. Anyway, good luck on your project. I suspect my shadow will never darken a church door again…there’s just too much history and baggage. I have trouble with those who lump all followers of Jesus into one category, just as all gays are the same and all poor people are the same. I know better and try not to feel that. Personally, I have been hurt and wounded by The Truly Religious, so I have no problem lashing out at them; I have run out of cheeks to turn. I came up with a Westboro Baptist “Church” analogy somewhere in this thread, and the more I think about it, the more I think it might be a good way to bring us together. I don’t mean invade a church during a service, but signs, chants, and showing love to those who have been hardened to it just might be good. It would certainly be good for all of the demonstrators when we gather for brunch afterward. I think we need ways to show each other that we’re not monsters, that we actually do care for each other, and taking action together would be a good thing. It didn’t hurt that white churches joined African Americans in pursuit of civil rights in the ’50s and ’60s. Support for LGBTs exists in churches; we’d be a force of nature if we could get together, collaborate.

          • JCF


          • cleos_mom

            I still recall a member of a mainline church who shrugged off activism as “just not us.”

      • RaygunsGoZap

        This is all wonderful. Would you please reach out to your senior minister and ask him to call the local papers editors and request the space to write an op-ed piece about this topic? Or maybe your congregation can purchase a full page in one of those papers and all sign an open letter to the media and the GOP establishment asking that they address this situation to the public at large?

        Again, the things you have checked off are good things but they aren’t the tools for this job. And hopefully you can understand people’s frustration that when such things occur in the political or public sphere that so many Christians defend their flavor of faith by pointing to how accepting their small group is.

        • Bj Lincoln


        • Alan43

          Why is it frustrating that Christians defend themselves by pointing to evidence that their “small group” is accepting?

          Is this part of the meme that hold all Christians bad because there are prominent voices within this very broad movement that are hateful?

          Would you want to be held responsible for the things said by the homocons at Breitbart?

          • David Walker

            If Westboro Baptist “Church” can wave signs and yell and scream at targeted events and churches to demonstrate their hate, why can’t real Christians wave signs and yell and scream at bible thumping events and churches to demonstrate your love?

            Regarding Breitbart, no…and I think we’re vocal about that. Sometimes you know you aren’t going to change minds, but you yell and scream anyway because you need to be heard. That’s my point.

            Your small group, as you note, is accepting, and that really is wonderful. There are gay Christians and they need to know where they are welcome. A small group needs to make a lot of noise, however, if they are to be heard over the din of the clearly hateful xns. They have stolen the brand name from you; you need to get it back and make being Christian meaningful again.

            You bet there is the meme you describe. Those of us raised in various protestant faiths understand the hell we went through. As someone said, “Church was where we learned to hate ourselves.” Can you really believe in a religion that thinks you are an abomination? And what are you doing wrong when you pray every night to your god and savior to make you straight, to be like other people, to take this abomination away, and you remain attracted to men? There’s a good bit of confusion as to why god won’t help you. God loves all his children–except you. A lot of suicides are connected to that.

            Speaking for myself, I felt, once I got away from it, that religion, in particular xnty, was simply not worth my time. I was going to hell anyway for being gay, so why continue to put up with the harassment? For someone my age (69) and maybe a decade or two younger, there’s just so much of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and company you can take. And that’s all you hear because the less fundamental and evangelical churches aren’t saying anything. They spend 30 years trying to figure out if I’m actually a human, if I can be welcome to the church as long as I don’t have sex, and there’s no defense of gay people as fellow human beings by the mainlines. If they don’t protest, why should I believe they are any different? If they don’t protest because they’re afraid of being put down by the fundies, what does that tell me?

            Christians being welcoming…fine. Christians speaking out against the likes of this past weekend would be so incredibly welcomed on our part. So far . We’ve been through a lot of religious crap. If someone offers support, it needs to be meaningful. Your church is doing more than most, but you can’t counter the hate of last weekend, of the last year, of decades past by yourselves. You need to speak out, be heard, and if there are other real Christian churches, you need to band together. Not by saying “we’re not all like that,” but by showing that you mean it. A Christian equivalent of the Westboro Baptist “Church” protesters? They showed their hate. We need to see you guys show your love.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Because the question isn’t is your group accepting? The question is “why is your group not speaking out against a call to execute gays as public policy?”

            Yes, small parts of the movement are responsible for speaking up when more prominent parts “go off-brand”. When your more prominent voices are cavorting with presidential candidates and simultaneously preaching death to gays, if you small voices respond with “that’s not how my I feel” to gays on the interwebs rather than some substantial response within your own movement then yes you are part of the problem.

            Regarding homocons, nice try but no cigar. We’re taking about Christians and we will remain talking about this real instance rather than a distraction.

          • Alan43

            To answer your question….because a church isn’the Act Up, GLAAD, Lamedal Legal, or even HRC. They serve multiple causes

            This kind of reminds me of the way evangelicals demand that Muslim leaders decry terrorism. Even when they’very done so multiple times. When evangelicals find that Muslim leaders haven’t decried a specific terrorist act, they use that to alledge support for terrorism

            But let’s be honest…I don’t think that church’s could do anything to satisfy you, could they?

          • RaygunsGoZap


            I’m sorry, our cause is potlucks and toys for tots. We don’t have time to stop that a make a statement against hate or to write an op-ed decrying using our Holy Book to justify a call for murder.

            Again, we’re addressing this one issue. Not a rabbit-trail of Muslim-this, terrorist-that. So, I can’t speak to any of those diversions.

            If your argument is that each Christian (and by extension each Church) is an island unto themselves, I suppose there’s a legalistic ground for that. But it doesn’t strike me as very Christ-like. Was he known for speaking out or shrugging his shoulders?

            You want to be honest? Don’t hide your ad hominem attacks behind a rhetorical question. Just say what you think.

          • Alan43

            Fins, I’ll be honest

            I think you’re an anti-theist. I think all this talk about how the church doesn’t stand up for gays is just a smokescreen

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Nope. All assumption on your part. You’re just looking for a fight and were dishonest with your intent. Sorry to have thwarted you, troll.

          • Alan43

            Not wasting any more time on you, obviously you DON’T wants an open and honest discussion

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Says the troll.

          • cleos_mom

            Figured the mask would slip.

      • RoFaWh

        But it hasn’t (to quote David Walker) “denounced this wacko”.

        If a church wants to be liberal it has to work pretty hard at a lot of things, trying to undo the harm funda-gelico-cons have caused to the population. Your church simply isn’t doing enough; its efforts must, in all seriousness, be called token.

        • Alan43

          Thanks, I’m sure we will take your anonymous comment and evaluation very seriously. In fact, it’ll be the first topic on the agenda of the next church council meeting. I mean, it’ so obviously thoughtful and well-researched, based as it was on a brief comment on a JMG post

          • David Walker

            If you want more, I’ll be glad to elaborate more fully.

            You are a liberal Christian. You don’t say you’re gay, so I assume you aren’t. I would argue that as sincere as you are, and I want to assure you that I value your support and do not intend to make you angry, there are parts of our lives that we have been forced to endure which you’ve heard of but probably haven’t experienced, just as I have no way of knowing in real terms what it’s like to be African American or Muslim. I can empathize, though. And I can get out there and demonstrably show my support. Christians need to separate themselves from xns, you need to denounce them, cow them as they have cowed you guys for decades.

          • Alan43

            Wrong, I’m gay. And Christian, like 48% of gays

          • David Walker

            48%? I’m curious to know where that is cited. It’s not that I doubt you, but I’d like to see it.

            Congratulations on holding on to your faith. And my apologies for “you guys.” I can understand why you’d take it that way. It’s kind of like calling out RoFaWh for being anonymous when you give us only your first name.

            Seriously, though, and out of curiosity, which denomination do you belong to? Maybe some of the 52% would like to check it out.

          • Alan43

            It was in a post here a few months ago, I think. Or perhaps I’m thinking of Towleroad.

            It’s an ELCA Lutheran church. The denomination as a whole is welcoming to LGBTs, but unfortunately (and the crtics do make a good point here) the welcome varies a lot on the indivdual church

          • David Walker

            I don’t recall it, so it may have been on Towleroad.

            I know several ELCA Lutherans and from what they’ve told me, it’s pretty much like the UCCs…they’re good with us, but it depends on the congregation.

            Thanks. I was hoping I didn’t ruffle your feathers. That wasn’t my intent. And I really do like that your church is associated with an LGBT homeless youth center. You are to be congratulated.

          • RaygunsGoZap
          • David Walker

            Thank you. It’s from Pew and I have found their polls and the results they report to be interesting. Very “warts and all” sort of thing.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Yes. And overall Christiainity is declining. Of those that still identity as religious less than 20% attend church regularly.

            So a little knowledge takes your response which relied on an Ad Populum argument and brings you back down to size, troll.

            Also, 48% identify as but almost 0% behave as.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Look how easily you’ve become snide and dismissive, troll. Transparent asshole.

    • David Walker

      Does NALT even exist anymore?

    • NancyP

      Hello. The question is not “will moderate Christians disavow these hateful whack-jobs as heretical” but “will media report on it”. The media really don’t care about reporting on rational people. They want loudmouth Christians versus drag queens or Folsom St. leather guys – in other words they want to appeal to the type of people who watch WorldWideWrestling and whatever passes for Jerry Springer type shows these days.

      Moderate denominations need some lessons on how to get media attention. Five to ten years ago, the UCC made and tried to buy time for ads that proclaimed the UCC as “open and accepting” – the channels would not sell them time. I daresay that even a protest demonstration by mainstream pastors at the “kill the gays” conference would not get reported.

      Mainstream media does not know how to report accurately on religion, especially Protestant religion.

    • cleos_mom

      The NALTS will never, never, never condemn anything proactively — they invariably wait for something like this and then all their concern is for themselves and their image. “yes, yes, calls to exterminate a whole group of people are terrible. Terrible. They give us a bad name.”

  • Michael Rush

    This event was for 1,700 conservative Christians , even Values Voter Summit was only 3000 people .

    p.s. this event i believe was on the sabbath !!!
    ( which is actually friday / saturday )

    Exodus 35:2
    “For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the LORD; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death . “

    • Robincho

      But, but… I always do yard work on the Sabbath. Especially after my lawnmower and I got married…

      • David Walker

        Really. Quality time is important in a relationship.

      • RoFaWh

        Which one was the woman?

    • KnownDonorDad
  • Webslinger


    • vorpal

      I fail to see anything inaccurate with that picture.
      They’re just TruChristians® “deeply loving” that man out of the so-called “gay” lifestyle.

    • Waukegan IL

      Bible thumping?

      • Webslinger

        in the truest and most brutal sense…

  • Antinousian

    Fraking animals.

    • FAEN

      I’d take animals over that loon any day.

  • Porkie

    Guess who got called Gloria all the way through high school?
    Look no further for the enduring and debilitating results of bullying.

    • JCF

      It took me a second to get this. But then I’m a dyke who’s never actually seen “Sunset Boulevard”! ;-X


      • Porkie

        😮 – this my shocked face!

  • Skokieguy

    Listening to this, my blood ran cold. I’m surprised he didn’t suggest boxcars and identifying patches on clothing.

    Let’s not forget that front runner Trump has also called for “rounding up” all the illegals by “any means necessary”.

    I seldom get all Godwin, but we truly are Germany in the run up to WWII and the general public is silent. I agree with others, where are the “compassionate Christians” to aggressively condemn this? I doubt tonight’s debate will include any questions, but no matter who wins the Republican Primary, in the post primary debates between the two candidates, they better be asked why they didn’t immediately and vociferously denounce the evils ravings of this nut job. Silence can only be interpreted as approval.

    And let’s not forget that your and my tax dollars subsidize this pastor and his vile mission.

    Please send links about this to everyone you know. Just as most in the country don’t realize we don’t have equal rights in all states, most think that because we now can get married, all the bad stuff is over. Mass extermination by the government and no denunciation by any candidates? HOLY FUCK.

    • Hue-Man

      Two things. First, mainstream media has no bandwidth for LGBT stories unless SCOTUS is involved. Moderate christianists will not get these stories from mainstream media and are almost certain never to visit JMG.

      Second, JMG and many other LGBT sites are regularly criticized for shining a light on these christianist extremists. “Why bother with these nutjobs if mainstream media doesn’t are about them?” and similar objections.

      IMHO it should be national news that candidates for POTUS attend a kill-the-gays hatefest. Maybe you have a contact to get Frank Bruni to write a column?

      • Skokieguy

        Bruni or maybe Rolling Stone? What each of us can do is post the crap out of this and share with our network. At work now, but later today I will start a change.org on this, if it hasn’t already been done.

        The mainstream media likes anything that generates controversy and eyeballs and page views. Hey, the war on Christmas gets airtime every year.

        • Skokieguy

          I just tried to do (my first ever) Change.org petition. It seems to want me to create or use a Facebook account which I don’t have. Can someone wonderful JMG’er who’s maintains a Facebook account create and post?

    • Scott Wyant

      WoW. Can I use the above to tag the post with when I share it on G+

  • KnownDonorDad

    So that’s what happened to Isaac from Children of the Corn.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I wonder if someone on Rachel’s staff is a reader of Joe My God? I am surprised that she does not pick up a lot more from JMG.

    • Skokieguy


      I would hope so. But Rachel and her team has to pick and choose. With the amount of crazy crap going on, its got to be like triage to decide what stories get airtime.

      There was the Wisconsin train derailment the other day that is polluting the Mississippi. Rachel has covered Keystone and the ‘bomb trains’, so seems like a natural. But based on the length of time of this segment last night, you can see how deeply affected Rachel and her staff are and how important they feel it is to get this story out.

      Also, Rachel and I share the same birthday and she, Susan and I are best friends in my own mind and we are going to retire someday and buy a huge ranch where we will have otters and owls and ducks and also puppies, who we will enjoy over creative cocktails while commenting on how some of the puppies are teeeeny, tiny…… My excessive Rachel love can be a bit dangerous at times. Can you imagine the impact on the country if she had gotten the lead on 60 Minutes?

      • Scott Wyant

        Can I join that ranch

        • Skokieguy

          What if there are attack owls? And the cocktail shakers are soooo small.

          • Scott Wyant

            Attack owls are cool, don’t have a problem with critters

          • NancyP

            It’s the owl pellets (upchucked undigested bones and fur) you have to watch out for.

      • Lakeview Bob

        She would be perfect on 60 Minutes. My fantasy has always been to be married to a successful farmer and being his stay at home husband taking care of the house and making my favorite zucchini bread, pies, cookies and cakes!

    • clay

      Even Joe has to pick and choose what to post.

      Nothing about a Kansas junior high social science teacher being suspended for showing an anti-bullying video after some students declared that the Colonies should have banned (as they did) homosexuals.

  • KnownDonorDad

    He should calm down and try extending his vowels.


    • cleos_mom

      Would that be the bit where it sounds like the speaker is doing a really, really bad imitation of an Italian accent? (e.g., “PRAISE-UH the LORD-UH.”)

  • delk

    Anagram for Kevin Swanson = KNOWN ASS VEIN .

    • OdieDenCO

      hmm, known ass vein = hemorrhoid?

      • David Walker

        We need barrels of Preparation H. STAT!

  • Blobby

    One is a potential candidate for the nomination – and two are media-seeking kiss asses that hope to have cabinet positions in a new GOP administration.

  • Kevin Perez

    Opal Covey makes more sense.

    • vorpal

      If Opal Covey won the election, there’d be gold in every pot, and a waterpark and amusement park for every child!

      • David Walker

        How can we ever get the electorate to understand?

        • vorpal

          Maybe she just needs a unique style to make herself unforgettable.

          (Your post literally had me laughing out loud! Thanks :D.)

  • Ninja0980

    I don’t think I have to remind posters here what happened with St. Ronnie in the 80’s with AIDS, where it was viewed as acceptable to just let us die.
    George W had a lot of people who had no qualms using access to the White House to wage war on us with marriage bans and talks of a federal ban.
    Even though others didn’t show up, of the candidates who have a shot to win (Rubio, Bush etc.) have made it clear where they stand on us.
    They all hate us, they truly do.

    • 2patricius2

      Ah, yes. I remember the atmosphere at the 1987 March on Washington. The joy in the subways when we were gathered in big numbers, and on the streets, and when we marched to the Mall.

      And the sadness at the appalling silence from Reagan for so many years as more and more of our friends became sick and died from AIDS. And I thought, as I sat on the Mall with my buddy: the only way they can get rid of all hundreds of thousands of us is by bombing the Mall and they won’t do that. One of the safest places in the nation back then.

      And the demonstration at the SCOTUS which had ruled that we didn’t have the right to love each other in the privacy of our own homes. As one of the speakers at a rally across the street said: we commit acts of civil disobedience each time we make love to each other.

      It is chilling to have these three Republicant candidates catering to and spouting such hate. And to have all the Republicant candidates campaigning against our civil and constitutional rights. We are garbage to them all.

    • cleos_mom

      AIDS jokes were knee-slappers at at least one of Rotten Reagan’s press conferences.

  • He is soooooo gay, apologies to all the gays out there….. 😉

  • Scott Wyant

    When I think of all the holy hell Obama has gotten about rev Wright, I believe that that the press corps has to ask Ted Cruz about his association with this Kevin Swanson wackadoodle.

    In a just world this would end three presidential candidates.

    • >Getting The Word Out<

      I have e-mailed moderators of tonight’s debates, referencing Cruz, Huckabee and Jindal’s attendance at this conference. If Fox Business News -Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo- and The Wall Street Journal- Jerry Seib-are actually interested, I don’t know. But I hope many contact them.

  • That Barney Fife pastor dude is cray.

    • TampaDink

      Barney was harmless.

  • Lakeview Bob

    The HuffPost has a piece today on this nutjob. It is more about banning Harry Potter and drowning children then it is about murdering gays.


    • David Walker


  • Bungee

    Covering oneself in cow manure might be a great way to acquire some of those nifty sores he’s afraid of. What a loon.

    • David Walker

      I tend not to like smiley faces, but I would be proud to carve some on his many puss-filled, &c &c wounds. I think it’s the least I could do. Maybe, just for shits and giggles, a couple of pentagrams, too.

  • Jan Wesselius

    What a crazy drama queen.

  • jayjonson

    Thanks to Rachel for bringing attention to these lunatics (and in that number I include Jindal, Huckabee, and Cruz). It is eerily reminiscent of the demonizing of Jews in Germany in the 1930s.

  • SFBruce

    I’d love to see this get wide coverage, but I agree with everyone else that it’s not likely to, especially with both Trump and Carson whining about the “liberal media” reporting what they say.

  • Alan43

    I suspect Jindal, Cruz, and Huckabee figured it wouldn’t be too prominent a story in the mainstream media to hurt them, but would attract attention from the evangelicals they crave

  • Steven Leahy

    There are some who have suggested here they’re tired of seeing Joe post this vitriol from these fanatics. I say, we need to see it and hear it – regularly. This guy and others like him are NO different from the Nazis who virtually destroyed Germany and nearly eliminated a demographic from a continent. To see American presidential candidates partaking in this event is nothing short of shameful.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      You hit the nail on the head.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Not to get all Godwin’s law, but it had to start somewhere — the nazi movement in Munich, the kill-the-gays movement in Des Moines.

      • RoFaWh

        How many hours of rehearsal did it take to get that gesture down pat?

        Perhaps a new dance fad, imitating hater rants and gestures in time with the beat?

        What’s my point? It’s that a lot of the “hate” sent our way is wholly insincere, the “haters”, like all good sociopaths, not giving a damn one way or another about anyone. It’s all just an act to extract money from the goobers.

        Swanson might be an exception.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          Trouble is, those same goobers vote, carry guns, staff county clerk offices, and so on. Meanwhile,Swanson, Rafi, Huckabigot and the rest of the grifters and cynical socipaths pander to the goobers and encourage them in their craziness and hate.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          He practiced for hours and hours to this video, but he could just never get it right.


      • RLK2

        We really should go after this guy. Screw his free speech bullshit. This is beyond hate speech. This is a call for murder. Bring this bastard and those 1700 that attended down!

      • AJD

        There’s nothing Godwin’s Law about it. There are times when comparisons to Nazism are completely warranted – like when someone openly calls for genocide. And remember that the Nazis came to power in part by allying with conservatives and big business, which is exactly what the religious right is doing.

      • LAguy323

        “Don’t you ever carve happy faces on open, pussy sores! Don’t you ever do that!”

      • cleos_mom

        Sometimes comparisons to Hitler are legitimate. And, for that matter, the simplest explanation isn’t always the true one; as often as not it’s just the version people want to believe.

    • 2patricius2

      I agree. We can never ignore what our enemies are doing and saying. We can never forget what can happen if we let down our guard and if we repeat the tired old mantra that “all candidates are the same and it doesn’t matter who wins.”

    • MickinDetroit

      Ok, but come on now lets keep at least some perspective… the “candidates” pandering here are all polling in the single digits and will.never.be.president.

      That of course, does not discount the fact that they hold or held significant office, but none of these people are ever going to enact this nutjob’s policies… they are cynically pandering to a base of bigoted goobers and will drop them as soon as we’re out of primary season.

      • Prixator

        I wish people wouldn’t minimize this.

        A sitting senator, a sitting governor and a former governor all willingly, and with full knowledge, attended this atrocious event – in order to further their campaigns.

        It doesn’t matter that many think none of them have a hope of getting the nomination. The truly awful thing is that people of this “stature” should never, ever have given this man and his event the kind of attention, and therefore validity, it has received.

        It is mind-boggling (to me) that this actually happened in the U.S.A. in 2015.

        • MickinDetroit

          Americans are a really dumb people in the aggregate. Mind numbingly stupid and almost proud of it. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that a few hundred thousand of the 320 million-ish here would subscribe to this buffoons antics nor that cynical politicians would pander to them. However, in the end that is all it is…pandering the rump of a dying party.

        • Half of America is conservative Christian. That’s a whole lotta votes & donations.

      • Steven Leahy

        Are you serious?? I can only assume you’re being sarcastic.

        Hitler was regarded as a putz and an unpopular, laugh worthy joke early in his “career”. Polling numbers, especially this early in a campaign, go up and down like yo yo and are meaningless.

        We have here major candidates, however insignificant you think they are, who have a major media presence on the national stage and are regarded as serious contenders within their party – and a lot of people support them. I cannot believe anyone would make light of said candidates attending a hate event like this.

        Many in the 1920’s and 30’s thought the fascist buffoons would just go away and laughed them off, and look at what happened.

        • Trog

          True. I recently read the biography of two of Thomas Mann’s kids–“In the Shadow of the Magic Mountain”–and they’re young adults as Hitler comes to power. They were all very shocked it actually happened, and in fact the Mann kids were self-involved in the decadent art scene and ignored politics–until they had no choice but to fight.

          The setup seemed so relevant and repeatable in our contemporary time.

          Very chilling.

        • MickinDetroit

          Huckabee Cruz and Piyush Jindal are not major candidates…they are all polling in the single digits. further, none of them will actually put any of this ranting loons beliefs into action because they are not nuts…. they are craven cynical pols taking backwood’s goober bigot money.

          I’m sorry the godwins law with all this is just too much. they’re morons…not hilter. if they had a chance in hell of beign potus I’d be worried, but they don’t so I’m not.

          If by now they haven’t managed to get a kill the gays movement off the ground they never will. if we were talking about this circa 2002-2004 I’d be right there with you…but this? this just sounds like death rattles of retrograde bigotry.

          • JCF

            I was just hearing a pundit declare Cruz did the best in tonight’s (main event) debate. He’s not minor.

          • MickinDetroit

            a debate held in a fact free zone. The guy had his own Rick Perry moment when he couldn’t remember which agencies he’s axe as POTUS. the guy is not going to be anywhere near the WH. And due to his antics he has virutually no influence on the Hill outside the bomb thrower caucus. he’s Ron Paul of this generation. loud with passionate followers and gets zero traction.

          • Skokieguy

            No, none of the three will be President and yes, I am a sane person that doesn’t think our government will begin LGBT extermination – duh. But, the audience was cheering. How many unbalanced people (with guns, because Jesus) will have their nutjob beliefs validated? Add in the state level religious freedom bills. Add in the millions of dollars successfully spent in Houston to convince people we are all pedophiles and predators.

            I believe that even though we are gaining rights, we are losing security because of the way so many will causally support (or ignore) this evil talk and the very predictable hate and violence it will spawn.

            I will not ignore it and will not be silent. Thank you to Joe and Rachel and the others that are publicizing this. And to the media outlets that are reporting but focusing on the “Harry Potter is a bad influence” angle, shame on them.

          • MickinDetroit

            The houston bill passed because 260k-ish of 2.2 million people were motivated by bigotry to come out and we could only muster a 150kish because of a totally botched GOTV and education effort. We outspent them 2 to one, but couldn’t manage to motivate progressives. THAT is the problem. The nutjobs are motivated and vote…our side has other priorities.

        • cleos_mom

          For that matter, in 1979 Ronald Reagan’s candidacy was considered a joke. We all know how that turned out.

      • Skokieguy

        Rubio is in third place in the polls. This on not obscure fring candidates. Piyush is a sitting Governor. The Republicans foam at the mouth about Muslims, because some terrorists shout Death to America.

        This is shouting Death to Americans, and these candidates seemingly endorse this message.

        • MickinDetroit

          Rubio didn’t go to that conference did he? it was cruz, huckster and Piyush. none of them are going to the white house unless invited by the president or on a tour.

          • Skokieguy

            Yup, sorry, my error. I often comment early in the morning, pre-coffee, that’s dangerous. Cruz is third or fourth in recent polling. Damn foreigner!

          • cleos_mom

            Nevertheless, the fact remains that candidates for POTUS attended an event where a discussion centers on the practical details of genocide. Minimizing that is jaw-droppingly stupid and dangerous.

    • Duane Dimitrov

      The word isn’t “shameful,” it’s “dangerous.”

  • bluefranco

    Imagine if the Dem candidates went to a forum on taking tax exemptions away from religious organizations. There would be calls for them to drop out and the press would be their enablers

    • KnownDonorDad

      You can’t force me to do my government job! Now excuse me, I’m off to my tax-exempt church!

  • Steven Leahy

    The sickening thing is, is this were any other group being spoken about in a similar way and presidential candidates were attending, every media outlet in the country would be all over it.

    • David Walker

      Right. The pecking order is kind of clear, isn’t it?

      • Steven Leahy

        Yes, it’s disgusting. I don’t even think we’re IN the pecking order. Most of the media don’t even think this kind of stuff is important enough to report on or call out – at least not where homos are concerned.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Do MSNBC videos ever play for anyone here? They never do for me. I always need to go to the MSNBC website.

    • David Walker

      I don’t have a problem, but I use an old time, space-taking computer.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        Thanks, David. It is the browser. Doesn’t play using Chrome, but does using Firefox.

        • Merv99

          It plays for me on Chrome, but I have Flash disabled.

        • GreatLakeSailor

          My firefox (42.0) won’t play this vid – first time I encountered this particular error message (across top of browser viewing area):
          The audio or video on this page requires DRM software that Firefox does not support.
          So I went to the you tube machine and found this and it plays fine:

          • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

            It’s so strange. It ONLY happens with MSNBC video for me.

          • GreatLakeSailor

            Are you running Ad Block Plus or HTTPS Everywhere? I do, and some sites don’t play unless one or the other or sometimes both, are disabled.

            Are you running a VPN tunnel? That can do it too if the website is using geo restrictions.

          • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

            Thanks, GreatLakeSailor. I was running AdBlock. Turning it off allowed me to watch the video.

          • Ah-ha! Thank you ever so much!

    • They never work for me either. Do you use Apple? I do, and many of these embedded MSN videos just spin for eons.

      • JCF

        Ancient PC here!

        • turning off the ad blocker fixed up the issue.

          • JCF

            Nope, runs fine for me WITH Adblock Plus on. So who knows?

    • Gerry Fisher

      Fails on Firefox. Plays fine if I go directly to the MSNBC site.

      • JCF

        Works fine on Firefox for me.

  • Tom Kidd

    I’m telling you guys “Keep your eyes on these people!” DO NOT laugh them off or wave them away. Never forget the many Jewish Germans who made light & dismissed the Nazis in the 1930s; don’t let that be you.

    • But we are assimilated into the community! We aren’t “that” gay. Most of our friends are straight.

      If enough culture anger is whipped up, none of those things will matter except to a very few.

    • KnownDonorDad

      What will ultimately defeat the likes of Swanson is the same demographic shift that led to victories for marriage equality at the ballot box – his kind are being pushed day by day farther into the dustbin of history. I agree, be vigilant, especially since their crippling loss with the Obergefell decision has riled them up, but they’re going to lose.

    • Dan Orr

      I realize your intentions are good, but don’t blame victims of genocide. Nearly 50% of German Jews actually got out. Many more could have gotten out if the US had let more in. Don’t forget that. It is often massively overstated how many German Jews died in the Holocaust, usually as a way to teach some ridiculous lesson. The vast majority of Jewish Holocaust victims were conquered (Poland, Ukraine, etc) or sent
      to camps by collaborationist regimes (Slovakia, Hungary, etc.). The ignorance pisses me off.

      I was deeply disturbed watching those videos. I couldn’t sleep last night and I can barely think about anything else this morning. The fact that I see no Republican or Christian denunciations of this incitement to genocide is deeply chilling.

  • I am glad Rachel shined some light on Slimeball Swanson and his sleazy scheming. It would be *very* interesting if the folks at FOX brought this up in the debate tonight.

    Unfortunately, the people in *that* bubble are not likely to be exposed to it. On the other hand, I imagine there are enough people in that bubble who would increase their support for Huckster Huckabee, Jingo Jindal, or Canadian Cruz,

  • 2patricius2

    Chilling. Evil.

  • N

    In other news, NYT has a story today about Ted Cruz’ father likely exaggerating his involvement in Cuban anti-Batista movement (yes, the movement that achieved success when Castro’s group came into the picture).

  • The Sentinel

    I’ve always been aware of the fact that Republicans want to murder gay people. Now we have more video evidence.

  • TampaDink

    His mommy was a slinky & his daddy was a used car lot giant noodle man.

  • ColdCountry

    I found that truly disturbing. I know some people feel that way, but the nakedness of the hate, the raw desire to kill, was frightening.

  • 2karmanot

    Picture this: Germany 1938. Gayden Nacht

    • MickinDetroit

      Personally, this gay is going to come out of the house armed and firing into the crowd so as to take as many with me as possible. Just sayin…..

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    Kevin Swanson is another little sick man like Hitler was. He needs to be stopped before he gets somebody killed. Just like they should have stopped Hitler.

    By the way the advertisement about binge eating is bs ( I call it BS disorder ) they make you watch it to see the video.

    • KnownDonorDad

      I couldn’t help wondering how a binge eating disorder ad would play in a country with food shortages.

  • RLK2

    This is it in nutshell folks why 2016 matters! If you don’t vote to elect Democrats and progressives up and down the ticket how far away are we from the cliff or the stone? This guy should be arrested for domestic terrorism – simple as that!

  • Duane Dimitrov

    What is with the talk of open sores?

    Is it more “gays are dirty and diseased” talk? These people really know no gay people….

    • KnownDonorDad

      And really, who puts a happy face on a sore?

      • Duane Dimitrov

        I don’t even understand what he’s talking about?

        I guess it’s the usual “gays are sick and dirty and full of sores becase…something something Jeebus” garbage?

        Have these people never met a gay person? Obviously not.

    • JCF

      Has anyone else been watching (on PBS of course) “The Brain with David Eagleman”? [Hat-tip, gay guys: he’s a cutie!]

      Two fun facts he mentioned (the first is VERY relevant w/ 2016 coming up)

      1) Merely placing a bottle of hand sanitizer at a polling place, will cause the vote there to skew Republican (got that? MAKE SURE your local polling place does NOT have it evident! While Rethugs hate PBS, they may have seen this, too)

      2) When shown images of “disgusting things” (like rotting flesh, a person vomiting, etc), conservatives have FAR stronger, and far more PERSISTENT reactions. You know they’re ALWAYS talking about things “rammed down their throats”? They literally have stronger gag reflexes.

      [Suggest a biological basis for conservatism, no? Rethugs are the descendants of those who were hyper-obsessed about cleanliness, “purity”, staying away from sickness & filth . . . which makes sense. But you know who else stays away from sickness & filth? Selfish Assholes, that’s who. Those who couldn’t be arsed to take care of/clean up after their fellow humans. And you know what? When “Libruls” got sick, those they took care of, took care of them. And that’s how THEY survived. So natural selection favored both of these types: the selfish assholes who didn’t get sick, and the care-givers who were cared for. Both types still with us today (and guess who wants to Get Rid of Obamacare???)]

    • cleos_mom

      Another parallel to the 20th century campaign against Jews.

  • this should be national news. every “non-bigoted” registered republican should be in a very-vocal uproar about this. curious as to why they’re not, eh?

    • David Walker

      Well, yeah, it’s important, but I’ve got this deadline today and it’s not like these are the leading candidates or anything. Maybe Fox will ask questions tonight.

      Well, yeah, it’s important, but I have to clean the bathrooms and do some laundry and then get Liam and Emma to their after school things. But maybe Fox will ask about it.

      Why? They chose their lifestyle and god doesn’t like it. At least this guy is giving them a chance to repent. If they want to ram their lifestyle down our throats, then they should expect to pay…just like it says in the bible.

      • you, sir, are a master impressionist 😀

  • Damn, this man is deranged and needs some serious meds.

    • David Walker

      If this is what he thinks xn love is, then perhaps he’d like some mo love.

      • he is past help for love if you ask me. its meds time

  • GanymedeRenard

    The similarities between a certain despot’s speeches and this theocrat’s vituperation aren’t purely coincidental. Reductio at Hitlerum? Hell yes! And well earned by this miserable excuse for pig shit!


  • prttymn

    Not really the word of God, wouldn’t it be the word of Paul?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Frightening stuff. This man is completely unhinged. What makes the video all the more disturbing is the audience applauding him. As for Ted Cruz et al saying they don’t know what he stands for, bitch please, lie much? As other commentators have noted, anyone who panders to this particularly virulent brand of cultism should be disqualified from the electoral process. Sick fucks, the lot of them.

  • Gerry Fisher

    At the veeery end of this segment, I sensed a bit of non-verbal, “This is *serious*…and this is *personal*” vibe from Rachel. Well done!

    • JCF

      Very personal.

  • CottonBlimp

    When liberals shit on Maddow as “the liberal Fox News” I just want to punch them in the face.

    She does *actual* investigative journalism. The mainstream networks are such fucking pussies that they won’t cover stories about people threatening or even planning to kill gays (remember Uganda? Who talked about that before Maddow?) because they’re afraid that mentioning facts will make them “biased”. And, typical center-left narcissists, they pick out one of the few passionate and dedicated journalists we have to throw under the bus to make themselves look more “reasonable”.

  • Melvis Jarnagin

    I wonder what Kevin Swanson’s AKA is on Grindr? Because you KNOW he’s on there.

  • Joey Avalon

    The fact that there are 3 possible candidates to run our country attending and even entertaining ideas like this seriously disgusting. Whats even more disgusting, is that these 3 are being embraced for it, and could possibly be running our country. And myself, my family and my community of brothers and sisters could have to live for the term of there presidency constantly looking over our shoulder of being murdered because of our sexuality. Whats wrong with these human beings. This has gone way too far. Someone needs to stop this. Senator Elizabeth Warren, please help me and my community you seem to be the only person strong enough and willing to defend human rights these days

  • bribriny

    This is complete hate speech! I”m embarrassed for him. If i was running for president, I would be no where near this guy..no matter my feelings on gays. You have made it even more imperative that we bring these three men down.This is not becoming of a president of ALL the people of America.

  • Silence Dogood

    I wonder how much that crazy bastard and his followers are worth for those sycophants to be cozying up to? This is a bit like Palin and that whole “pray the gay away” nonsense… you know, except for advocating for what is essentially genocide.

  • Joey Avalon

    The fact that there are 3 possible candidates to run our country attending and even entertaining ideas like this seriously disgusting. Whats even more disgusting, is that these 3 are being embraced for it, and could possibly be running our country. And myself, my family and my community of brothers and sisters could have to live for the term of there presidency constantly looking over our shoulder of being murdered because of our sexuality. Whats wrong with these human beings. This has gone way too far. Someone needs to stop this. Senator Elizabeth Warren, please help me and my community you seem to be the only person strong enough and willing to defend human rights these days

  • LAguy323

    That’s it. They’re all off the Christmas card list.

    • JCF

      They deserve HOLIDAY cards! [j/k, they deserve a flaming bag of poo]

  • World Warrior

    Wow. Swanson is a LUNATIC! Unbelievable!

  • ByronK

    This isn’t religious extremism, it’s mental illness. But then I’ve never been able to differentiate between the two. So thankful I’m Canadian.

  • JCF

    Emmy, Peabody, Pulitzer? She deserves ’em ALL!

  • Tummple

    If only Bernie had a chance! Can’t stand Clinton and there is no way I can honestly support and RepubliCon who are the true whores of politics. Rachael should be commended for being the only source of this kind of “Hitler” style of behavior.

  • Scariest thing to me is that the IRS is now powerless to stop priests & pastors from telling the faithful they’ll burn in hell forever if they don’t vote for specific GOP/TP candidates. You can thank the GOP House for the IRS’s inability to even investigate churches, by the way.

  • imneverwrong

    Like trannies and f.ggots aren’t trying to destroy heterosexual culture by demanding preferential treatment for their mental illnesses.

  • TheTsunamiofKarma

    He is obviously out of his mind. I agree that the question should be asked, loudly, publicly and repeatedly: why are presidential candidates kissing his ass??


  • Robertoh

    Well, that sure ain’t what he was shouting, nay, wailing, last weekend in the back room of the Ram-Rod!

  • Guyzer

    Rachel is such an angry little boy

  • DreadFool

    Swanson should do the Hollywood Bowl soon, calling all Fruits, Flakes and Nuts

  • Sherry Ruth

    Swanson needs to join ISIS. He is sick, and his judgement makes him worthy of death.

  • This pastor is a mad man… TRUMP is beyond this BS! TRUMP’s very eclectic history put him beyond this pale of hell delivered by the fundamentalist right.

    Thank you Rachel for posting this!