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. I’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?