By Brody Levesque | MONUMENT, CO -- The pastor of an independent Presbyterian church located a few miles northeast of this suburban Colorado Springs town told a local television station's news team that he equates homosexuals to child molesters, cannibals, rapists.
Pastor David Beuhner, of Christ the King Church, is calling for discrimination against the LGBTQ community as Colorado lawmakers revisit same-sex marriage equality this legislative session.
"If we embrace homosexuality, we'll destroy society, we'll destroy families, we'll destroy everything. It's not just that God hates homosexuals, there's a reason why he hates it. If you break natural laws-- you say you don't believe in gravity, you jump off a building, you're gonna die."
Beuhner is not only decrying the efforts of lawmakers and advocates for same-sex civil unions in the state, he is also calling for discrimination against gays.
"The word of god is quite clear. He's destroyed every culture that has embraced homosexuality. The sin is similar to that of cannibalism and child molestation in the sense that it's a sin against society," Beuhner said.
"I'm calling for discrimination against adulterers, rapists, murderers, homosexuals. Yes, we must discriminate as a society."
Charles Irwin, director of the Colorado Springs Pride Center told KOAA- which reported that Buehner’s comments are causing a national stir;
It's a view members of the local LGBT community find insulting but not surprising. "This is just par for the course for individuals that try to put fear into the LGBT community and spread hate,"he said.
Beuhner says his rhetoric isn't hate but love, warning gays of the destruction they'll bring to all if they don't repent. He's even calling on lawmakers to remove homosexuals from society, saying they'll also pay the price at the golden gates if they don't fall in line.
"God's law to the civil magistrate in terms of homosexuality says you should remove the abomination from the land, so that's God's instruction to the people who work up in the capitol who make our laws. That's what they're going to be held accountable for," he said.
Irwin says this won't shake the LGBT community's spirit or work at the capitol, and he doesn't blame Christians for perpetuating the LGBT struggle.
"86% [of Christians] don't believe that discrimination is good and they're not going to do that. They're for equality and it's just an old concept and an old way of thinking and it's becoming a minority," Irwin said.
According to Buehner, he and his co-host Pastor Kevin Swanson, also support the Ugandan “kill the gays” bill and laws from the pilgrim era that criminalised homosexuality.