Pastor Wants to Throw Heroes Like Greg Louganis in Prison for Ten Years of Hard Labor

Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis on Food Network's Chopped
Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis on Food Network’s Chopped

Greg Louganis is an American hero, a four-time Olympic gold medalist. And because he is gay, Pastor Michael Wilson wants to put him in prison for 10 years of hard labor.

I watched Olympic champion Greg Louganis on Food Network’s Chopped Tournament of Stars: Sports Stars! on March 9 of this year and then again in repeats on August 24.

If you haven’t seen Chopped, the contestants must take baskets of mystery ingredients and must use these to prepare an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert in three short rounds. Their dishes are then judged on creativity, taste, and presentation, all the while making these mystery ingredients the star of their dish.

Louganis is clearly a man of passion, who cares deeply about people. He spoke passionately about overcoming HIV, about his marriage, and about helping children. Like the other stars appearing on the Chopped Tournament of Stars, he was playing not for his own gain, but for charity.

As Food Network explains,

Four athletes, Brandi Chastain, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Greg Louganis and Charles Oakley, bring their fierceness and passion to the Chopped Kitchen for the premiere competition of a five part $50,000 Tournament of Stars.

Louganis, who 4 Olympic Gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympics, was playing for Mending Kids International (MKI), which “provides life-changing surgeries to children worldwide.”

By their own reckoning, MKI has, “in just under six years…provided significant, complex and life-saving surgeries to 718 children from 41 countries.” They say that “Most of the surgeries we perform are to correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities.” The $50,000 Louganis stood to win would have funded an entire medical mission.

Watch Greg Louganis on Chopped courtesy of Food Network:

Enter Michael Wilson:

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The very next day, on August 25, via Good as You, I became aware of Michael Wilson, who wants to outlaw homosexuality with a constitutional amendment.

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Pastor Michael V. Wilson claims that Christians have become “increasingly tolerant” of gays and that this has been a mistake, that rather than displaying tolerance, Christians ought to be throwing gays into prison for 10 years of hard labor.

Check out his video:

Whereas homosexuality used to be a felony in every state — referred to as sodomy — it has now been decriminalized, and homosexuality is allowed to be openly expressed in public. While Christians are becoming increasingly tolerant of homosexuals, homosexuals are becoming increasingly intolerant of us.

It’s time for Christians to resume obeying God and his word, and to re-criminalize homosexuality, outlaw it again. The only way to do this and keep it beyond the reach of activist judges and unaccountable bureaucrats is to create a constitutional amendment.

Wilson isn’t urging people watching his video to give to charity, or to help children who might otherwise die, have life-saving surgery. He isn’t recommending they help anyone. He wants them to hurt people. He wants them to call lawmakers, to lobby for his hateful amendment, to help him deprive people of their livelihood out of bigotry disguised as religion.

“Make such a pest of yourself that they’re willing to do anything just to shut you up,” he tells his audience. “And remember, only vote for those who promise to adopt this amendment.”

“We’re in a fight for survival and only one side can win,” he tells them. “Let’s make sure it’s our side.”

Wilson is fighting the wrong fight. Far from being imprisoned, Greg Louganis, like the NFL’s first openly gay player, Michael Sam, deserves – and wants to be – treated like a man. Not a gay man. Just a man like any other man, to be judged, like anyone else, on his own merits.

Louganis is not an animal but a human being. And a human being, it would seem, who cares far more for other human beings than Michael Wilson.

The right fight here is not imprisoning people; it is helping people, helping children, saving lives and making the lives of others better. Wilson isn’t interested in doing this. He is interested instead in throwing caring human beings into prison for 10 years of hard labor because their existence violates his sense of right and wrong.

Thinking like Wilson’s isn’t what America is about, or has ever been about. America is supposed to be a land of freedom, where everyone is equal, not a land where the privileged, bigoted few treat everyone else – be it on account of ethnicity, sex, sexual preference, or religion – like criminals and chattel.

38 Replies to “Pastor Wants to Throw Heroes Like Greg Louganis in Prison for Ten Years of Hard Labor”

  1. That’s right, Reich Wingers, don’t vote for anyone who doesn’t agree to this amendment. And when noone agrees to it, then don’t worry about voting and just sit at home and sulk, knowing that gay people will get what’s coming to them: marriage, equal rights and equal protection under the law.

  2. Guys like “Pastor” Wilson need to get their collective heads out of their asses, bring their eyes out so that they can see something besides the inside of their colons, and take notice of the wave of tolerance, acceptance, and love sweeping the country in spite of the hatred and fear these people display – and do some research, for the love of god, because that same wave of tolerance makes it impossible for such a ludicrous amendment to ever become law, as it would have to be ratified by 2/3’s of the States, and naturally by our do-nothing Congress.
    Times and mores change – Wilson’s argument that sodomy was a felony in every state doesn’t make it right, nor was slavery, nor disallowing women to vote, nor disallowing interracial marriage, and those also were laws.
    Giving everyone who lives here the same rights under the law as written does not compromise anyone else’s rights – if you don’t want to boink or marry someone of the same sex, then don’t, what others just ain’t yo…

  3. The pastor’s Hitlerian plan has a major flaw. Upon completion of the ten year sentence, the gay person will still be gay and will need to be re-arrested and re-sentenced to 10 additional years, ad infinitum. Which makes it a life sentence at hard labor, a practice used in Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union as a method of slow murder by torture.

  4. To NOT tolerate Christians’ intolerance is the RIGHT THING!

    Again, the aggressors trying to pose as victims…

  5. If the pastor and his Church are going to involve themselves in politics they should loose their tax exempt status

  6. My hunch is that this makes sense to people like Wilson, who insist “homosexuality” is a choice. Ten years of hard labor is designed to make you reconsider that choice.

  7. Sentencing a gay person to prison, is like sentencing an alcoholic to bartender school. He clearly hasn’t thought this out.

  8. the gentleman might wish to know the sodomy is not something that is practiced only by gay people. He is talking about putting heterosexuals in prison as well. If this is conservative Christian values,, then I don’t want anything to do with it. There is not one fundamentalist who is spoken out for the plight of people. They only represent the hate that is inherent in their brand of religion.
    And for the most part, the real Christianity stays silent. and they probably will stay silent as fundamentalism sweeps them up to take part in the hate

  9. Proposed Amendment. #1 America is a Secular Democracy who’s laws are based on common good. #2 What someone does is their business NOT the Christian Fascists. #3 All religious entities shall be taxed upon the involvement in political agendas. #4 This amendment will take effect upon the signing of President Hillary Clinton.

  10. The only reason people like this person demand that gays need to be locked in prison is because he’s afraid he can’t stop himself from sucking their d*cks.

  11. Actually, what you state is already in the Constitution, the Christian fundies just don’t know it as they are as ignorant of the Constitution as they are of the buybull.

  12. Just let “Pastor” Wilson try to toss me in jail. Before the po-po arrive I will be on his doorstep with my 2nd Amendment rights. And he ain’t going to like what I have to say.

  13. Skip you hit the nail on the head!!
    These So Called “Christians” are in for a Big Surprise come judgment day. They Will be judged by their own Hatred, Racism, Bigotry, & Contentment that they show day in and day out!!
    For the Love of God Our Creator (NOT Their God the Almighty Damn Dollar) get out, and VOTE these Charlatans who follow these Despicable Selfish Moronic Idiots OUT OF OFFICE, for the new ones running Keep them OUT!!
    We Are Americans, and that kind of BS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!! ”
    So Keep *your* UnChristian Bull where it Should Be; In “Your” churches where it belongs!!

  14. So, sentencing a gay person to jail would be like sentencing a drunk to bartending school eh? Would you also say that sentencing a rape victim to do time in a whore house would be equivalent? Do you actually believe gay people would like unwelcome sex any more than a hetrosexual person?

    Try thinking.

  15. heubler –

    Prison sex has nothing to do with homosexuality. Prison sex is about controlling another human being.

    Please don’t compare the two.

    The better comparison of prison sex would be with rape – because, essentially, thats what it is.

  16. Scroll back and take a good long look at the stained glass entities behind this cretin; there is a woman to his far right. Is he in a Catholic church?

    More important, look at his face. You can see the scorn, pain on his brow, his mismatched beady eyes, the facial hair that hides his lips, the clothes that don’t fit, unidentified crap pinned haphazardly on his front…

    His physical appearance projects nothing but front for fear, doubts and confusion. How can anyone look at him and think he’s credible? His façade is covering nothing but his thin veneer.

    This is shallow, empty, broken man with nothing to loose. His survival is not based upon some amendment. His survival is based upon, “Just take the money and do as your told. You will obey orders and execute them upon command.”

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  18. I wonder if Michael Wilson has a problem. Reaction formation is a common problem with homophobes.
    As to the constitutional amendment, I don’t think that Mr.Wilson has read the constitution nor has he read anything about the framers of this document. The historical evidence is overwhelming; the framers of the constitution set out to insure that there be absolute separation of church and state. We are NOT a christian nation, we are a secular nation. Furthermore, since we now seem to have a plethora of wingnuts from the christian right using their religious organizations to actively promote politics and legislation isn’t it time we rethink our blanket tax exemptions for income (which is being used for political propaganda) and properties (which are also being used to promote political agendas) of these organizations. And further the preachers at many of these sects need to be registered as political lobbyists.It seems to me that these wealthy sects could easily provide tax relief for…

  19. If “We the people” of the United States of America and “our” Country’s many, truly evil, dirty, corrupt to the core, Corporate (elite 1%)”owned” Govt. Officials (Republican Party, mainly) and the “true followers” of the “Antichrist” (in my opinion) the none “tax” paying, political, hate preaching “Religious” leaders would “all” agree to work together for the common good of our country and “all” of its people we could then become an example to the entire world of what mankind is capable of achieving. By living working and playing in harmony together. And that would result in “Peace” for all. But I don’t believe that’s what the “Antichrist” really wants on “our” planet. We know exactly who these “Demons” are that are promoting the “Hell on Earth” we experience on a daily basis. Its time to get out the holy water, wooden stakes, garlic, pitch forks, torches, exorcisms, etc. to stop them. OR WE COULD JUST SIMPLY “VOTE” THEM ALL OUT OF POWER IN THE NEXT ELE…

  20. again a fool advocating for a non-existent supernatural being wanting to hate, lie, war kill. This is common to those who believe in non-existent supernatural beings, as has been forever as history reveals. These non-existent supernatural beings all insist on the same thing, that adherents to their message convert others. The natural outcome of that demand is hatred, war and killing, or in this case, putting the violator in prison at hard labor for ten years. It should be noted that the hatred, war and killing are tools of the devil, another non-existent supernatural being, it is ironic that the christianist fools and the devil produce the same outcomes, beginning with hatred. It is time to begin understanding that believing in non-existent supernatural beings is a disease, one that threatens humanity, and until religions that demand adherents convert others come to terms with that truth humanity is under siege. In all cases the desired outcome is acquisition of power.

  21. again a fool advocating for a non-existent supernatural being wanting to hate, lie, war kill. This is common to those who believe in non-existent supernatural beings, as has been forever as history reveals. These non-existent supernatural beings all insist on the same thing, that adherents to their message convert others. The natural outcome of that demand is hatred, war and killing, or in this case, putting the violator in prison at hard labor for ten years. It should be noted that the hatred, war and killing are tools of the devil, another non-existent supernatural being, it is ironic that the christianist fools and the devil produce the same outcomes, beginning with hatred. It is time to begin understanding that believing in non-existent supernatural beings is a disease, one that threatens humanity, and until religions that demand adherents convert others come to terms with that truth humanity is under siege. In all cases the desired outcome is acquisition of power. censoredd

  22. I’ll bet that he preachers about the evils of big government! Of course, he wants to use the power of the state to do wicked, and immoral things to people that he doesn’t like!!!

  23. This so-called ‘ Preacher’ should kiss the back of Lougainis’ balls to repay what he has been doing for children. The man deserves a Gold Medal for his service to Mankind. Somebody please beat the shit outta the loudmouthed idiot.

  24. This so-called ‘ Preacher’ should kiss the back of Lougainis’ sack to repay what he has been doing for children. The man deserves a Gold Medal for his service to Mankind. Somebody please beat the hell outta the loudmouthed idiot.

  25. It is basically sharia law. It’s just a fake Christian version of it. It’s what most of these fake Christian right wing nuts like Michelle Bachman want this country to become. They rail against Muslim sharia law, then push for a fake Christian version of it.

  26. …me, I consider myself a real Christian…ie, I try to live my life by the teachings of Jesus Christ…not the OLD TESTAMENT, which is the Jewish Laws, prophecies, traditions and early history…these pseudoChristians, I am being more and more convinced are either prelude to or the actual AntiChrist…
    … as for polytheists, atheists, gays, et al; none of ’em have either picked my pocket or broken my leg…{tip o’ the chapeau to TJ}
    …Jesus said “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy soul with all thy heart and with all thy mind; this is the first and greatest Commandment. And the second is as unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as yourself. ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAWS AND THE PROPHETS.
    Waddya know, not only did Jesus demand tolerance, at the very least; he also invented Simplification Theory!!!

  27. The only one of the original authors of the Constitution that would probably have voted for this amendment was Patrick Henry. He wanted an established church in Virginia (his church of course). Even John Adams, who wanted to keep the established church in Massachusetts, would have voted against it.

    I very much doubt that they thought much about homosexuality. Most would have been against legalization but would have thought it was a state issue.

  28. Patrick Henry was not a Constitutional author. He wanted nothing to do with the constitution as he thought it set up a king and not a president

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