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Anti-Abortion Extremist Now Attacking Gay-Friendly Churches

By Leah Nelson on December 9, 2011 - 11:45 am, Posted in Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBT, Extremist Propaganda

The Rev. Donald Spitz has a message for gay-friendly churches, and the murder-endorsing anti-abortion crusader is not mincing words.

In E-mails sent in recent days to an unknown number of churches listed on GayChurch.org, he wrote: “To accept sexual deviancy as normal is a sin. You put your soul in danger of eternal damnation for welcoming unrepentant homosexuals into God’s house. You blaspheme the Name of God. Homosexuality should be criminalized. Homosexuals commit crimes against God, against nature, against the Holy Bible and against the human race.

“Because of your church, I now know why God wrote [in] Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

There’s good reason to think that Spitz, who routinely describes gay people as child molesters, “sex perverts” and “sodomites,” takes this verse literally. The Chesapeake, Va.-based minister is best known as the man behind the Army of God (AOG) website, which applauds the murderers of physicians, reproductive clinic workers, secretaries and escorts and lashes out against other perceived “enemies” such as the LGBT community.

Spitz is a signatory to the so-called “Defensive Action Statement,” which describes the murder of doctors who provide abortion as “justifiable,” a “godly action.” The AOG site celebrates as “heroes of the faith” the violent criminals who, saying they were called to their work directly by God, have carried out such actions. (There is no evidence to suggest that AOG is a formally structured group, rather than simply a concept, though many such criminals describe themselves as “members.”)

There is no such official statement regarding LGBT people, but in a 2002 essay featured on Spitz’s AOG site, “Chaplain-in-Chief” Michael Bray – a co-signatory to the Defensive Action Statement who spent nearly four years in prison for his role in bombing women’s health clinics around Washington, D.C., in the 1980s — greeted with enthusiasm reports that three gay men had been beheaded in Saudi Arabia. “While the Christians among us westerners would decline to emulate our Muslim friends in many ways … we can appreciate the justice they advocate regarding sodomy.”

In the same spirit, Spitz last year posted a photo of Neal Horsley, a radical Christian theocrat and anti-abortion extremist who once proposed the use of nuclear weapons in a bid for Southern secession, standing outside of openly gay entertainer Elton John’s home with a sign that read, “Elton John Must Die.”

While he didn’t go so far as to explicitly join in Horsley’s call for the musician’s death, Spitz reprised the Leviticus quote about putting gays to death and wrote that John — who had recently told Parade magazine that he envisioned Jesus as a “compassionate, super-intelligent gay man” — “should be immediately be charged with a hate crime against Christianity and confined to the deepest dungeon to pay for his crime against God and man.”

  • A Parent

    John Dunkle is just another anti-choice crazy, who supports nuts that kill doctors that provide the full range of OB/GYN care including abortion. Just look at his blog entitled, “Abortion is Murder.” It is at: skyp1.blogspot.com

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL, Aron

    Dunkle,

    Oh, of course. Because zygotes are people, too. Right?

    WRONG

  • John Dunkle

    Oh comon, the reverand just has a forceful way of saying the obvious: sin is sin, murder is murder, holocausts are holocausts.

  • Christopher Hobe Morrison

    This man should be put on notice that he is putting people in fear of their lives and by so doing he is giving them the right of self-defense, including defense by force which includes lethal force.

  • Coyote Weeps

    These lunatics are perfect argument for atheism. Add in the fact that anybody who is so paranoid over gay people surely has their own “Sexual” issues unresolved!!! :-). Truth though is that these kind of people right here in America represent the “real” threat to this country and all of us. Thank goodness SPLC and others are going after these scumbags whenever they can. I’d write what I really think of these kinds of folks but wouldn’t pass censors!!!!!

  • Jan

    No doubt that Don Spitz is a sociopath. He is also probably a deep closet case. Why else would he visit gay websites, and obsess over their contents?

  • Mary

    There is an extremist protester named Flip Benham who is on this man Spitz’s website. Benham and this man are on each others’ Facebook friend list. Benham’s organization picketed the church of which I am a member in July. Benham had just been convicted of stalking a doctor in North Carolina. Spitz has every person in the US who is serving prison time for murder of providers and other terrorist acts on his facebook friends list as family, including the man executed by the state of Florida for murdering a doctor and an escort outside an abortion clinic. I don’t care if this is posted publicly but you need to know about it, SPLC. Thanks for the wonderful work you do. I have been an admirer of Morris Dees for years…if they ever do lock them up, authorities would be well advised to limit their access to the media, because they interpret anything done in opposition to what they do as “persecution” and will take advantage of any media coverage to play martyr. I’m telling you this today in part because when Dr. George Tiller was murdered on a Sunday morning in his church, it broke my heart. Our protesters came into our service. However, so did a plainclothes police officer, so they kept their mouth shut and didn’t create a disturbance. It’s only my opinion, but this Spitz fellow and his cronies may ratchet up the violence level, especially if President Obama is reelected. Also please be aware of a group called Repent Amarillo out in Texas, as they are somewhat aggressive. I personally don’t like this trend of picketing churches.

  • Brian

    These wackjobs are domestic terrorists, plain and simple.

  • Miguel

    He wants to confine gay men to dungeons?

    Kinky.

  • Sam Molloy

    It could be argued that we need to force the Southern states to secede, with the nuclear threats mentioned as an incentive.