If there’s one thing that is holding back the Republican party from winning the general presidential election over the last decade, it’s been their lack of progression when it comes to social issues. One of the top social issues over the years has been the issue of same-sex marriage, and some Republicans have gone too far in their opposition.
When voters in Ireland voted to legalize same-sex marriage through out the country earlier this month, it was a major step for LGBT rights moving forward. While recent polls show that most Americans now favor same-sex marriage, Republicans are still pushing back. This was most evident during the May 29 edition of the “Pray in Jesus Name News” show, when host State Representative Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs) gave his thoughts on Ireland voting in favor of same-sex marriage.
Klingenschmitt, also a TV evangelist and former American military chaplain, addressed Ireland’s recent decision to give the LGBT the opportunity to marry their loved ones, and he wasn’t too happy about it. “There was a time when it was said that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland,” Klingenschmitt told the viewers, stating, “Now I’m concerned that the snakes have returned to Ireland.” Klingenschmitt continued his tirade, claiming that “demonic spirits” have possessed those “parading their sin in pride.”
“When I say snakes, I’m not talking about physical snakes, I’m talking about the demonic spirits inside of some of the people you see parading their sin in pride around the country, rejecting not just the Catholic Church but rejecting Jesus Christ himself.”
Klingenschmitt then attempted to blame Ireland’s vote on the rising number of young people who are leaving the church and organized religion, shouting, “It’s the young people rejecting Jesus Christ!” The State Representative than cited selective Bible verses that support his claim of “traditional marriage,” one man and one woman,” and called for another Saint to rise up in Ireland to get rid of the demonic possessed “snakes,” or gay people.
“Jesus Christ defined marriage between one man and one woman…Maybe it’s time for another St. Patrick to go back into Ireland and preach the good news that Jesus can make you free from sin and drive out the snakes once again.”
This isn’t the first time that Klingenschmitt has made controversial comments. In November 2014, Klingenschmitt said that President Obama was actually “demon possessed” which was reflective in his current policies and political agenda.