Nero’s sickness: Gay activists on a blame the Christian rampage
Every since Matthew Shephard hooked up with two dudes in a Wyoming bar in 1998 and was killed, Christians have been the number 1 scapegoat for homosexuals looking for someone to blame for all their problems.
The blame the Christian ruse goes back much further than 1998. The mentally unstable Roman Emperor Nero used it to cover his crimes against the Roman people.
In the summer of AD 64, Rome suffered a terrible fire that burned for six days and seven nights consuming almost three quarters of the city. The people accused Nero for the devastation claiming he set the fire for his own amusement. In order to deflect these accusations and placate the people, Nero laid blame for the fire on the Christians.
It was a clever ruse and it worked. It set off a wave of violent and deadly persecutions resulting in all manner of cruel executions for the sport of the Roman people.
How far are we modern day Christians from similar scenarios? Its hard to say specifically, but the heat of persecution is being turned up with each successive year by policies, laws and edicts fueled by claims from homosexual activists. They falsely contend that Christians are guilty of murder and violence against them. This false sentiment has been at the heart of the entire “Christians irrevocably hate gays” belief. Activists claim that Christians who oppose homosexuality through our preaching incite and inspire others to kill, maim and mistreat gays around the world.
The evolution of a lie
But is that true or is it a clever ruse to turn attention away from something else hidden in plain sight?
Matthew Shephard’s killers were not Christians. They never were. They didn’t go to church, didn’t listen to Christian radio or television, didn’t read Christian books, didn’t attend religious events and it was never even established if they were aware of any prominent Christian evangelists who preached against homosexuality. Neither of the two killers were from Christian families. In fact both (including Shephard were heavily into drugs and drinking). According to Shephard’s friends and family, he was just as troubled as the two men he met that night. But that didn’t matter to the gay affirming media and the activists. They needed a victim and a scapegoat.
A Skeptic Tank post headline blared “Christian Hate Kills Matthew Shephard”. Emotion-driven hype in the gay community deified Shephard, calling his murder a “crucifixion”.
In their vengeful minds, the only reason Shepherd was murdered was directly because of Christian incitement. The only reason they killed him was because he was a homosexual. This became the catalyst for what’s now known as “hate crimes”. A completely false and bogus idea became the law. The “Happy Heretic” wrote: “But you know, blame should go where blame is due. The Bible itself is the reason fundamentalists are fanatically, maniacally homophobic, and they can quote you chapter and verse to prove it. So can I.”
In her widely publicized speech on Shephard’s murder, Ellen Degeneres fingered the cause: “These same evil, idiotic, so-called “God-loving” people who use the Bible to justify their hate.” [source]
Although there was no evidence Shephard’s killers even knew them, Mel White, founder of the gay activist group Soulforce still specifically blamed “Pat Robertson, Jim Dobson, D. James Kennedy, Jerry Falwell and the other media preachers and talk show hosts whose false and inflammatory anti-homosexual rhetoric flows into Wyoming polluting the conscience of their listeners from Casper to Laramie.” He also tagged Gary Bauer and the Family Research Council for “announcing on the day of Matthew’s death a new barrage of “ex-gay” television commercials implying that homosexuality is a sickness that can be cured and a sin that should be forgiven” [source]
Six years after the media assisted social lynching of many Christian leaders and groups had passed, ABC News uncovered new details that were shockingly different than the narrative pushed by homosexual activists to mainstream America. You can read the entire report. It was largely ignored by everyone except those who had suffered the brunt of the false accusations. And there have been no retractions and no apologies from any of those who spread this insidious lie.
The legacy of the blame the Christian game
Its from this perch of graven lies that homosexual activists like Exgaywatch writer Mike Airhart can blame Christian singer Dennis Jernigan for the nine alleged deaths of homosexuals in Jamaica a year after Jernigan’s missionary trip there.
Airhart cites no evidence that any of the Jamaican killers were even remotely aware of who Dennis Jernigan, —a white father of nine from Oklahoma— was. No evidence or even anecdotal information that the killers were Christian or listened to Christian media. No information linking the killers to the church or a Christian leader. Nothing. Just some Matthew Shephardesque hunch that anyone who kills a homosexual must be a Christian or has been influenced to do so by Christian teaching.
Without any evidence to support his irresponsible assertions, Airhart does what he’s been culturally trained to do: enflame antiChristian sentiment and paint Christian evangelists who speak against homosexuality as murderers.
The only “evidence” Airhart cites is that Jernigan “criticized Obama” and said homosexuality was caused in part by fatherlessness in Jamaica. In some mentally twisted way, Airhart takes a quantum leap of logic and reasoning. Hearing this, he determines, would make people go out and slaughter nine homosexuals.
“I hope someone kills you soon you piece of NIGGER shit. I certainly hope someday you piss off the wrong person and you get killed as a result, you ugly NIGGER, Thats RIght [sic] Big fat ugly NIGGER You were never gay to begin with you can never provide incontrovertible proof that you ever were which means you are a liar, a liar and a NIGGER. I hope that person kills you in the most painful manner imaginable.”
I suppose had someone acted on Kautz’s racist death wish for me, Airhart would have been satisfied that I got what I deserved for speaking out against homosexuality and opposing “the rights” of gays.
As a Christian I understand and accept that I will be persecuted and perhaps killed because I will not accept the lie of the world. I accept that I will be a pariah because I stand for the same truths Jesus stood for. I know they will hate me, because they hated him first. I know this.
But it doesn’t mean we have to stay silent about it.