Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Turn the channel

Looks like Jimmy's been caught with his pants down again:
When televangelist Jimmy Swaggart said he would kill a homosexual who looked at him romantically, he violated the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' ethics code, an industry panel has ruled.

Swaggart made the remarks during a discussion of same-sex marriage on a Sept. 12 broadcast that was carried by the Toronto station Omni 1.

"I'm going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died," Swaggart said.

Swaggart also said that politicians who are undecided on the issue of same-sex marriage "all oughta have to marry a pig and live with him forever."

[..] A few days later, Swaggart backtracked, saying the expression was a figurative one. He said he has used the expression "killing someone and telling God he died" in jest thousands of times.

"If it's an insult, I certainly didn't think it was, but if they are offended, then I certainly offer an apology," he told the Associated Press.
You would have figured that when Jimmy was publically exposed for committing adultery with a prostitute after criticizing a fellow TV evangelist only months before for 'loose morals' back in 1988, people would have turned the channel years ago. Not so. The money supply keeps on flowing in and now the human rights tribunal is marching in:
"The problem of Swaggart's language is, in a sense, exacerbated by the fact that he, as a religious figure, can be presumed to set an example for his community. It would, therefore, be easy for someone to infer that this might be the proper way for a Christian of this sect (or possibly of any sect) to respond to homosexuality," the ruling added.
Well only if you are a mindless idiot, but then again, Swaggart's supporters aren't too bright. Such antics probably serve to fatten his bank account.

HT:Neale News

Crossposted at Dust My Broom


Little Tobacco said...

He is selling a little peice of heaven and moral sueriority. My concern is not whether suckers and their money will soon be parted, but why the government is regulating speech.

Little Tobacco said...

Let's try that again without the spelling mistakes ...

He is selling a piece of heaven and moral superiority....

Lisa said...

"My concern is not whether suckers and their money will soon be parted, but why the government is regulating speech."

I agree. The best way to get rid of bastards like Swaggart is to let them talk all they want. Same with bigots like Ward Churchill and Zundel. Some people will agree with them, but words are just words .... unless these fools actually inflict physical harm onto a person, the answer is to just turn the channel.

Little Tobacco said...

the "one right way" crowd seem to miss the point that if it was not Swaggart or Ward Churchill it would be someone else.... at least that is what my crystal is telling me ...

MapMaster said...

My public school education slipped into gear and made my eyes and brain glaze over around the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' ethics code bit.