State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., known for opposing gay marriage with every inch of his being, took a different tack this afternoon defended the LGBT community by sending out a press release arguing that parents should not, in fact, punch children who exhibit signs of homosexuality.
The issue at hand is a pastor in North Carolina who controversially suggested parents do exactly that.
“I am hopeful that through this press release, my message to Pastor Sean Harris and his followers will be heard and he will see the errors of his ways,” Mr. Diaz said in a statement, somewhat atypically sent out as a formal press release instead of one of his “What You Should Know” emails.
He continued by arguing it’s immoral to suggest “human persons in concentration camps,” among other things:
“The sermon Pastor Sean Harris gave that has been broadcast online and covered in the media is, to say the very least, not Christianly. As followers of Jesus, Christians must oppose violence and hatred toward all human persons. I implore all parents to always love their children and never abuse them or turn their backs on them for any reason. It is an outrage that anyone, especially in the name of Christ, would ever suggest putting any human persons in concentration camps or mistreating each other.
Jesus’ message to love one another is the core of Christianity even if we disagree with the actions of others or with their way of life. There is nothing in Christianity that permits us to become savages or treat each other with violence and contempt. Pastor Harris’ teachings are not based on Christ’s teachings at all.”
We’ll see if any New York politicians stand up to oppose Mr. Diaz’s affirmation of basic human decency.