A prominent supporter of Republican presidential aspirant Ron Paul has advocated for the capital punishment of homosexuals.
The Reverend Phillip Kayser, pastor of Dominion Covenant Church in Omaha, Nebraska, who recently announced his support for the Texas congressman, wrote a paper a few years ago which claimed the Bible allowed for the murder of gay people, according to Talking Points Memo (TPM).
“Difficulty in implementing Biblical law does not make non-Biblical penology just,” Kayser wrote.
“But as we have seen, while many homosexuals would be executed, the threat of capital punishment can be restorative. Biblical law would recognize as a matter of justice that even if this law could be enforced today, homosexuals could not be prosecuted for something that was done before.”
Kayser told TPM that while he supports Paul, he differs with him on various issues related to gay rights. For example, Paul supported the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for the U.S. military. However, he also said he believed that if Paul became President, states would have more latitude to institute their own laws.
“Under a Ron Paul presidency, states would be freed up to not have political correctness imposed on them, but obviously some state would follow what’s politically correct,” Kayser told TPM.
“What [Paul is] trying to do, whether he agrees with the Constitution’s position or not, is restrict himself to the Constitution. That is something I very much appreciate.”
Paul’s Iowa campaign chairman, Drew Ivers had earlier crowed about Kayser’s endorsement, praising “the enlightening statements [Kayser] makes on how Ron Paul’s approach to government is consistent with Christian beliefs.”
Notice of the Kayser endorsement has since been removed from Paul’s official campaign website.
According to the Dominion Covenant Church’s website, Reverend Kayser “has degrees in education, theology and philosophy/ethics and has an enthusiasm for interacting with university students on a wide variety of topics. Having grown up in Africa as a US citizen, he has a special interest in making International Students feel at home while in our country. He has taught ethics at Whitefield Theological Seminary in Lakeland, Florida.”
The church, the website states, is committed not only to “evangelize a few individuals from every nation, but to disciple the nations themselves. We want to see our members so founded in God’s grace, so knowledgeable in God’s law, and so confident in His promises, that they are used of God to bring reformation to the church and reconstruction of our society.”
TPM also reported that another top official of Paul’s Iowa campaign is Mike Heath, a notorious homophobe from Maine.
Heath was the longtime leader of the Christian Civic League of Maine and used questionable and aggressive tactics to uncover homosexuals in the state legislature.
Travis Kennedy, chief of staff for the House Democratic Office in Maine, told TPM that Heath is “a well-known conspiracy theorist about the ‘gay agenda. I’m not surprised he’d be hired in a state far away from Maine. He has a pretty poor reputation around here.”
Heath also served as the chairman of an extremist anti-gay organization called Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH).
It is unclear if Paul shares the homophobic views of some of his staff-members. He has in the past, however, opposed same-sex unions.
He once said: “Americans understandably fear that if gay marriage is legalized in one state, all other states will be forced to accept such marriages.
But in 2007 in an interview with television broadcaster John Stossel, Paul declared his support for gay marriage.