Facebook Controversy

By: Mike McDaniel
By: Mike McDaniel

He's a state lawmaker and a Baptist preacher, but what's causing ears to perk up wasn't said at the state capitol or from the pulpit. Instead, it was on Facebook from representative Andy Gipson who some say is calling for homosexuals to be put to death.
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"You're always going to have people who have opinions like this and you can't let it get to you," said Zach Magee of GetEQUAL.

On the heels of President Obama's approval of same sex marriage, Gipson, a republican from Braxton, took to his Facebook page on May 10th affirming his disapproval.

He wrote "The only opinion that counts is God's... Anyway you slice it, it is sin. Not to mention horrific social policy." In the same post he referenced Leviticus 20:13 which reads "If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."

Gipson is getting support from Facebook followers, but setting off a fire storm of controversy on both the state and national stage.

"He's kind of ostracizing a certain percentage of the people that he's suppose to be representing," said Magee.

Magee says Gipson's views are disturbing. An online petition is now demanding Gipson apologize for his comments and for him to meet with Mississippi LGBT organizations. Gipson took to Facebook again, saying he would not apologize for what he called the "inspired truth of God's Word."

Gipson also wrote he rejects the accusation that he suggested homosexuals be put to death. Gipson declined an on camera interview but released a statement saying "I have never publicly or privately called for the killing of any people. I believe all people are created in the image of God and I stand firmly for the sanctity of all human life."

"If that's not what he meant then why did he quote the scripture," said Magee.

Gipson says the scriptures were cited only to show that same sex marriage is a sin which he stands behind. Gipson says he has received threats as well as at least one death threat to his family. He says all of the threats are from outside of the state, but he does take them seriously and will handle them through a more private venue.

His Facebook page meanwhile, was taken offline Monday afternoon.

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  • by Pegdrag Location: Meridian on May 24, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    Hey listen up, everyone. The bible is NOT the law of the land. The constitution and common law is what we follow. It does not matter what the bible says about anything as far as the law or civil rights are concerned.
  • by Andrew Location: Meridian on May 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
    Well, the Bible does say there are times when divorce is permissible. It says that it's permissible if the spouse is unfaithful. Matthew 5:32. Also, I don't condone homosexuality, but I am tolerant. They will bring death upon themselves, inevitably. Jesus came to redeem all, even homosexuals. I wouldn't be the one to throw the stone. I am against homosexual marriage though.
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      by Brenda on May 24, 2012 at 08:37 AM in reply to Andrew
      You Baptist always want to argue divorce is ok. "Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
  • by Bob Location: Meridian on May 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    If you are going to say we can not have gay marriage because it is against the bible then you have to outlaw divorce because that too is against the bible.
  • by Beth on May 23, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    We are all sinners, but the Bible tells us that we are to be like Christ. I am thankful to see this christian man stand firm to God's word. We should all do more standing up for our Lord!
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      by Bob on May 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM in reply to Beth
      If you are so confident in your praise for the lord, why don't you post your full name and phone number? Why just "Beth"
  • by Gregory Location: Collinsville on May 22, 2012 at 07:52 PM
    @Bob "homosexuality is something that God does not tolerate." Great, fine. Believe in your backwards Bronze Age mythology. But trying to turn your RELIGIOUS BELIEF into LAW violates Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Furthermore, it violates the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees "equal protection of the laws" for "[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States" -- i.e., for EVERYONE, not just for heterosexuals.
  • by Bob on May 22, 2012 at 01:56 PM
    Yes, by God's standards, we all deserve death. Yes, he died on the cross for our sins so that those who believe on him will have everlasting life. Yes, God loves everyone and gives them the freedom to chose whether to follow him. But, he does not tolerate those who say that they are a born again Christian, but remains in the same sins. No one is perfect, but we should all strive to be Christ-like. Anyway you slice it, whether it is Old or New Testament, homosexuality is something that God does not tolerate. You can be one of the greatest people in the world, and claim to be a Christian, but you will still go to hell unless you ask God for forgiveness and change your ways.
  • by Keep reading Gipson on May 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    Leviticus 21:5 “‘Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies. 6 They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because they present the food offerings to the Lord, the food of their God, they are to be holy." Opps looks like Mr. Gipson is not reading all of Leviticus. Look at his hair cut.
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      by Debbie on May 23, 2012 at 06:28 AM in reply to Keep reading Gipson
      just how carnal are you??? First of all we are not under the levitical law anymore. Goes to show just how much you do NOT know God's holy word!!! Sodomy is condemned all thru out the Bible old and new testament all I have to say is AMEN Mr. Gipson!!!!!
  • by Look in the mirror on May 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM
    Thank God Gibson doesn't have a heaven or hell. Just because he is a preacher doesn't mean he is without sin. Usually people who are extremely homophobic, may have some skeletons in their closet. I went to school with him and he is a eccentric individual lacking common social skills. If we want to live by the word of God repeal all laws and just live by the Bible. Each breath we take is a gift from God and God does not discriminate. He blesses the righteous and unrighteous with life.
  • by Christian on May 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    Thank you Bro Chester!
  • by cw on May 22, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    another example of to many preachers in politics, a position where only liars can survive,politics and the bible dont mix.
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