Attention pastors. Yes, you. I’m only going to say this once.

If you think Leviticus 20:13 is at all relevant in a discussion about modern homosexuality, and suggest that gays should be put to death as that verse says, then seriously – get the hell out of ministry. You have no business preaching the Good News of the Gospel when your heart is filled with such hate for those of us who happen to be gay.

And spare me your petulant “well, the Bible says,” nonsense. If you really think that you can hide your hateful, bile-filled heart behind a verse in the Bible, you are sorely mistaken.

In fact, Leviticus 20:13 presents an interesting quandary for many evangelicals. Do we admit that the Bible is dead wrong about murdering gays (and thus throw the rest of Scripture into question), or do we reveal our own monstrous views and call for gays to be executed?

Several pastors lately have caught the public eye because they have done the latter. First was Pastor Charles L. Worley (the “put them in a fence” guy). As a result of his vile rant, he got a nice protest and lost his website.

Apparently, Worley didn’t go far enough. Jeremy Hooper at Good As You reported on two more ugly bags of mostly water who went even further.

Dennis Leatherman, a pastor in Oakland, MD, delivered a 50-minute sermon on “Homosexuality and the Bible” that included an admission that killing gays would “appeal to his flesh,” which is code word for “I really want to do it, but it’s only my religion that’s keeping me from killing them.” Or something.

“To be… have a tendency to be effeminate or homosexual is just as wicked as to have a tendency to be a womanizer. Sinful nature does not justify sinful behavior. Now what is our take? What is our response? I appreciate your bearing with me tonight. First of all, there is a danger of reacting in the flesh, of responding not in a scriptural, spiritual way, but in a fleshly way. Kill them all. Right? I will be very honest with you. My flesh kind of likes that idea. But it grieves the Holy Spirit. It violates Scripture. It is wrong.”

As if that wasn’t enough, we have Curtis Knapp, pastor of Seneca, Kansas’ New Hope Baptist Church, who not only called for homosexual sex to be a capital punishment, but later defended his statements.

“They should be put to death. That’s what happened in Israel. That’s why homosexuality wouldn’t have grown in Israel. It tends to limit conversions. It tends to limit people coming out of the closet. — ‘Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them, no?’ — I’m saying the government should. They won’t but they should.

[You say], ‘oh, I can’t believe you you’re horrible. You’re a backwards neanderthal of a person.’ Is that what you’re calling scripture? Is God a neanderthal backwards.. in his morality. Is it his word or not? If it’s his word, he commanded it. It’s his idea, not mine. And I’m not ashamed of it.”

The fact that this idiot not only preached this horrible message, but later defended it reveals just how sickening he is. “Oh, but God said it’s okay to kill them,” he says. Oh, goodie, we git t’ kill us a queer! Revolting. Do your church a favor, Knapp. Get the hell out of ministry. You’re a beast.

If anyone wants to know why gay kids are more likely to commit suicide or why gays are so often bullied, just take a look at Curtis Knapp. He’s a nothing more than a spiritual abusive bully.

The verse itself is succinct in its brutality:

If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

There’s blood, all right. The reality is that the blood of those who commit suicide are on the heads of hateful preachers like Knapp, Worley, and Leatherman. The blood of those who are bullied are on their heads. Seriously, who in the hell really believes this verse is at all relevant today? Ever?

This is exactly the kind of thing that we MUST avoid. These poison-filled rants have no bearing on reality, and have fallen into the trap of a biblical literacy that completely ignores reality — and basic humanity.

There’s no room for being nice here. These people are vile. They do NOT represent Christianity, and I don’t care how many crosses they have on their church wall.

It’s time for us to admit that the Bible IS wrong on this topic. We don’t burn witches, and we don’t stone homosexuals. Anyone who suggests that we should is a bully and a monster. They should be ashamed of themselves.

It’s time for us to stop supporting these ministries and find churches that actually — you know — love people.

It really is that simple.