Gun-wielding preacher tells his followers to fight back against same-sex marriage rights. “It’s time that we finally take a stand and say no more.”
Former Arizona televangelist Joshua Feuerstein isn’t happy about the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality across the country. He’s so upset that he created a video where he waves a semiautomatic assault rifle and tells his followers, “It’s time that we finally take a stand and say no more. We’re not backing up any further.”
Feuerstein shared the video with his 1.6 million followers on Facebook, and it has been viewed more than 5 million times since it was uploaded on July 9.
Feuerstein first claims an essentially fake and definitely outdated story about a gay man supposedly suing two publishers for $70 million over anti-gay passages in the Bible proves same-sex marriage is really about helping the left and liberals "to come after Christianity."
But that's just the first part of Feuerstein's hyperbolic rant.
“Why are we backing down to the government and not drawing a line in the sand?” Feuerstein asks after recounting examples of how Christians have been retaliated against because they discriminated against people in the LGBT community. One complaint Feurstein has is the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery case, in which the owners were ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. It should be noted that the owners of the bakery also posted the lesbian couple’s home address online which resulted in them being relentlessly harassed, as NCRM reported in an extensive analysis of the final ruling. Others, including the Advocate, agreed.
Feuerstein also mentions the instance where Donald and Evelyn Knapp refused to host a same-sex wedding at their business, the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He claims the Knapps are being told they could face arrest and imprisonment if they don’t marry gay couples. NCRM also proved that claim to be false, as have others.
“They’re coming after our First Amendment constitutional rights!” Feuerstein continues to rant in his video. “Well, check this out, this is one pastor that will not bow. Why?” he asks as he picks up a semiautomatic assault rifle. “Because my First Amendment right is guaranteed by my Second Amendment right. Think about that, ladies and gentlemen. It’s time that we finally take a stand and say no more. We’re not backing up any further. We’re not going to allow a tyrannical government to come in and strip away our rights as Christians and try to demonize us so that they can make the Bible bigoted.”
This isn’t the first time Feuerstein has gotten attention for his extremist views. In April, he posted a video where he called Cut The Cake bakery in Florida and demanded they bake a cake with an anti-gay message for him. After the video went viral, the owner had to call the FBI after receiving numerous calls and death threats. Feuerstein also made headlines for attacking TLC for pulling "19 Kids and Counting," after a police report surfaced, detailing how one of the stars, Josh Duggar, sexually molested five girls, including his sisters.
"I will ALSO MAKE SURE that EVERY ONE OF MY 1.2 MILLION FOLLOWERS never watch your
stupid channel again!! #TeamDuggars," he wrote.
The Advocate calls Feuerstein's latest video a "horrifying call to arms."