Each week, Queerty picks one blowhard, hypocrite, airhead, bloviator, sanctimonious prick or other enemy of all that is queer to be the Douche of the Week.
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We weren’t jumping for joy when Newt Gingrich admitted that federal marriage equality was a growing reality last month. It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement—and he’s not exactly someone we look to for support.
But former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt got a wild hair up his butt about Gingrich’s comments, saying the former Speaker of the House was under the spell of “demonic voices” and “worthy of death” for acknowledging a political reality.
In December, Gingrich told HuffPo that “the reality is going to be that in a number of American states —and it will be more after 2014—gay relationships will be legal, period.”
But in an episode of The Pray in Jesus Name Show posted on Right Wing Watch, Klingenschmitt said Gingrich was pandering to liberals: “He is moving away from the church to position himself as the left-wing moderate Republican candidate for a run for presidency in 2016.”
Oy, where to begin? Gingrich didn’t endorse gay marriage, he merely noted an obvious trend. But reactionaries like Klingenschmitt think acting like something isn’t happening will make it go away (see: global warming, the 2012 presidential election, fiscal cliff, etc). And if Newt was planning on running in 2016, we doubt he’d try to re-brand himself as a moderate.
At one point the chaplain cites Romans, Chapter 1, which states “the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another… They which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
Klingenschmitt clarifies that “it’s not like Newt is personally engaging in homosexual activity.” (Ugh, there’s a picture.) But he’s worthy of death “because he takes pleasure in those that do that sort of thing.”
Y’know who else Romans, Chapter 1 claims is “worth of death”? Fornicators, liars, gossipers, backbiters, haters of God, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, covenant-breakers, the implacable, the envious, and the unmerciful.
We’re thinking maybe Klingenschmitt didn’t read that far.
All together now: What a douche!
UPDATE: Rev. Klingenschmitt contacted Queerty to insist he “never labeled Newt Gingrich as ‘worthy of death.’” He does not, however, deny the authenticity of the video, which shows him stating homosexual acts and those who “take pleasure in those who do that sort of thing” are are “worthy of death.”