26-year old Terry Mangum better get a good lawyer. Or maybe it would be easier for him to just plead good old fashioned insanity.
The Houston man admits to killing 46-year old Kenneth Cummings, a gay man: “I did it. Bottom line is I stabbed him the head with a knife.” Why would Magnum do such a horrible thing? God told him to, of course.
In a jailhouse interview, Mangum claims God sent him on a divine mission to “carry out a code of retribution” and eliminate Cumming’s “sexual perversion”. Talk about perverse. So, does Magnum feel any remorse? Hell no: “I believe with all my heart that I was doing the right thing. I planned on sending him to hell.”
Excuse us while we vomit.
Former gay evangelist Mel White describes Mangum’s defense as “outrageous,” saying:
You’ve got to indict everybody from [Pope] Benedict XVI on down. The church and the Christian right have set up an environment that gays are a threat to the community, and they say this over and over.
And because some people take [anti-gay religion] seriously, you have murders like this. This guy is quoting from the rhetoric of the pope and Pat Robertson and the Southern Baptists.
Fuck Pat Robertson. If Mangum’s to be believed, someone needs to arrest God! Now, if only we could get a cop car to heaven!
[Note: Does it strike anyone else as queer that the murderer’s last name’s Mangum, while poor Kenneth’s surname also invokes thoughts of semen?]