An Augusta-area member of Congress offered his prayers for the victims of the gay Orlando nightclub massacre – just weeks after he led Republican colleagues in prayer calling for death to LGBT people.
U.S. Rep. Rick Allen released a three-paragraph statement on Monday reacting to the tragedy in Orlando. And he couldn't bring himself to mention that it took place at a gay club or that many of those murdered were gay. In fact, he didn't mention LGBT at all.
“Robin and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the horrendous attack in Orlando over the weekend. As we continue to learn more, currently 49 innocent people were murdered at the hands of radical Islamic terrorism. This is another attack on humanity, when will enough be enough? When there is another massacre on American soil?
When America leads, the world is safe—and we must step up to wipe out this threat, because radical terrorists will stop at nothing to destroy all who do not agree with them.
Robin and I pray for the victims, their families, loved ones and friends. We pray for the wounded and our first responders and we lift up the Orlando community and the state of Florida. America must stand united in the face of terrorism.”
But on May 26, the first-term lawmaker from the 12th District in Augusta condemned gays just before a majority of the GOP caucus in the U.S. House voted down an LGBT amendment to a spending bill. Via Roll Call:
Passages in the verses refer to homosexuality and the penalty for homosexual behavior. “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet,” reads Romans 1:27, which Allen read, according to his office.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them,” read lines 28-32, which Allen also recited, according to his office.
Some Republicans were “disturbed” by the prayer last month, others were “furious” and even one GOP lawmaker calling it “fucking ridiculous.” Which pretty much sums up the reaction of some LGBT activists to Allen's offer of prayers to the Orlando victims.