This Is My Kind of Politician

Check out this story of an evangelical preacher who ran for president of Ecuador. He definitely doesn’t pull any punches. He has allegedly said:

  • He believes homosexual behavior is “immoral” and that it is a “severe deviation of conduct.”
  • Homosexuals are sinners.
  • The judge’s ruling against him was “contrary to the law of God.”
  • “[Those that]  judge me, they will be judged. They don’t have interference in heaven.”
  • “One day God will judge everything, and be prepared to explain to God why you called evil good, and good evil.”

He has been fined $3000, and banned from politics for one year for what he has said. I can’t imagine any American politician at any level saying such things. ecuador-mapI’m saddened that there are such blatant limitations on free speech in Ecuador, although I have to admit to a gross ignorance of their legal system.

While I’ve grown more and more pessimistic about America’s moral condition, I know that we Americans still enjoy great freedom of speech. The question is do we take a bold stand while we have the freedom to, or do we hide in the corner even though we don’t face a trial and fines like our Ecuadorean brothers?

6 thoughts on “This Is My Kind of Politician

  1. That fella in Ecuador simply hasn’t read the cultural narrative – everything it tolerated except the Truth.

    Note the lack of anything remotely resembling our First Amendment rights in that story. We who live in the US of A inhabit a remarkable place and time in human history. It’s foolish to think it will go on; it’s the nature of men to destroy the liberty of others. The interesting thought for me is this: How many of America’s professing Christians will be willing to be known as blood-bought saints of the living God if our law continues to crumble and we end up resembling Ecuador?

  2. Chris Hohnholz says:

    I fear you are very much correct Manfred. I truly believe that if the “freedoms” we enjoyed with regards to protection of speech and expression of religion were removed today, the vast majority of churches would be empty by Sunday.

  3. My brothers, you are sooo very right on that. I live in Canada where homosexuality is widely accepted. Just recently, I had read a news article on Christian News that told the story of William Whatcott who had offended two homosexuals who had read the flyers he had distributed back in 2001 and 2002. Now that the Supreme Court of Canada defends the so called rights of Homosexuals. These two homosexuals were not long digging up what transpired over ten years ago through the flyers that they did not like. Now they finally have the law on their side to make Christians or anyone else for that matter, who opposes them pay dearly for their opposition against their sinful lifestyle. According to the news story “Whatcott has been ordered to pay $7, 500 to two homosexuals who took offense at his flyers, as well as pay the legal fees of the Human Rights Commission–which could cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars. ‘The ruling and the reasoning [of the court] is terrible,’ he told reporters. ‘They actually used the concept that truth is not a defense.’” In other words, the days of having the right to free speech here in Canada is quickly disappearing. Truth can no longer be regarded as a defense against what is truly wrong. “Woe unto them that call good evil and evil good.”

    Chris, you are right, “the vast majority of churches would be empty” if their right to free speech and their freedoms were taken away. I believe the problem why is because the Church itself is too worldly. They are not willing to take a stand for Christ. As I think about this, this challenges me as well as a Christian. Am I willing to take such a stand? Easier said than done.

  4. yacho says:

    ok than let me ask you guys what is the difference between hate speech and what that preacher guy said?
    And Manfred is it now? do you even know anything about Ecuador? How can you use Ecuador as a comparison of hoe “bad things can be” if you dont know too much about it? besides just because its a Latin American country doesn’t mean its a backwater tinpot dictatorship because that sorta what your implying when you said “if our law continues to crumble and we end up resembling Ecuador?”

  5. “the vast majority of churches would be empty” if their right to free speech and their freedoms were taken away” True but look on the postive side, it would seperate the sheep from the goats and the underground real Church would flourish. It’s not just the US or Canada but happening worldwide. I live in England where so-called hate laws already trump a Christains right to free speech and the same thing is happening in Australia, New Zealand, South America and Europe. Personally i feel we have to stop standing on our ever diminishing “rights” given to us by the reprobates as we can all see where we are headed (by God’s own hand) and pray that we can overcome as things are going to get tougher it seems.

  6. yacho – I was referring the vast difference in legal protection between the former USA and current Ecuador. Did you notice this quote from the linked article?

    Judge Patricia Baca Mancheno ruled that Zavala’s speech violated the country’s electoral code, which “forbids candidates of publicly expressing any thoughts that discriminate or affect other people’s dignity or utilize symbols, expressions or allusions of a religious nature.”

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