Pastor Kevin Swanson needed some magic to end his National Religious Liberties Conference this past weekend, so he turned to Harry Potter.
If you're playing to an homophobic crowd of religious fanatics, how do you follow speeches by the three most anti-gay candidates vying for the GOP presidential nomination? If your name is Kevin Swanson, call out gay characters in young adult fiction and animated film and point to them as real problem with America.
"America, repent of your rebellion against God!" he yelled. "America, repent of stumbling the little ones! America, repent of 'Harry Potter'! America, repent of 'How to Train Your Dragon'!" Pastor Swanson said in this closing speech at the National Religious Liberties Conference Saturday.
America, repent that Dumbledore emerged as a homosexual mentor for Harry Potter, that Hiccup's mentor in 'How to Train Your Dragon' emerged as a homosexual himself in order that history might repeat itself one more time, in order that little six- and seven- and eight-year-olds might stumble, in order that tens of millions of parents, it would be better that a millstone be hanged around their neck and they be drowned at the bottom of the sea than that there would be so many people stumbling so many children in public schools, in movie theaters, in homes in which children are raised to be stumbled by the Dumbledores and by the mentors of Hiccup in 'How to Train Your Dragon'!
Swanson's diatribe closed out a day filled with anti-gay speakers, three of whom (Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal) are 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls.
Right Wing Watch notes that Swanson, who in the past has called for the execution of homosexuals, had mentioned earlier in his speech that he wants to give gay people the chance to repent before implementing the biblical punishment as law.