Missouri pastor gives awesome anti-gay rights speech

Yes, you read that right. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch Rev. Phil Snider’s speech against gay rights as the Springfield City Council debated adding sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the city’s nondiscrimination law. Watch until the end.

In a followup post on his blog, Rev. Snider notes that different forms of discrimination function in different ways in our society, quotes bell hooks, and gives a shout out to the “people of faith across the country who are open and affirming — not in spite of their faith, but precisely because of it.” Well done, sir.

Transcript after the jump.

Good evening, my name is the Rev. Dr. Phil Snider. I was born and raised in Springfield Missouri and I stand before you this evening in support of this ordinance. I worry about the future of our city, any accurate reading of the bible should make it clear that gay rights goes against the plain truth of the word of god, as one preacher warns man and over stepping the boundary lines god has drawn by making special rights for gays and lesbians has taken another step in the direction of inviting the judgement of God upon our land. This step of gay rights is but another stepping stone toward the immorality and lawlessness that would be characteristic of the last days.

This ordnance represents a denial of all that we believe in and no one should force it on us. It’s not that we don’t care about homosexuals but it’s our rights will be taken away. And un-Christian views will be forced on us and our children for we will be forced to go against our personal morals.

Outside government agents are endeavoring to disturb God’s established order that is not inline with the Bible. Do not let people lead you astray.

The liberals leading this movement do not believe the Bible any longer but every good substantial bible believing intelligent orthodox Christian can read the word of God and know what is happening is not of God.

When you run into conflict with god’s established order you have trouble. You do not produce harmony. You produce destruction and trouble and our city is in the greatest danger than it is ever been in in its history.

The reason is that we’ve gotten away from the Bible of our forefathers. You see the right of segregation – I’m sorry – hold on!

The right of segregation is clearly established by the holy scriptures both by precept and example.

I’m sorry, I’ve brought the wrong notes with me this evening. I’ve borrowed my argument from the wrong century. It turns out what I have been reading to you this whole time is direct quotes from white preachers from the 1950′s and the 1960′s all in support of racial segregation.

All I have done is simply take out the phrase “racial segregation” and substituted it with the phrase “gay rights.” I guess the arguments I’ve been hearing around Springfield lately sounded so similar to these that I got them confused. I hope you will not make the same mistake. I hope you will stand on the right side of history. Thank you.


St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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