Evangelical congregations in Florida are planning a conference called ‘Make America Straight Again’ (MASA) to coincide with the three-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
“They are beyond reach, the Sodomites,” Pastor Patrick Boyle of Revival Baptist Church, which will be hosting the MASA conference, told Spectrum News Orlando 13. “We are not trying to reach them. We are trying to warn society that if we embrace that, you are going to lose your children ... The schools are telling them it's an alternative lifestyle choice."
According to its website, The New Independent Fundementalist Baptist Church (the NIFB) claims thirty churches across the country, including The Revival Baptist Church of Clermont Florida, and the Steadfast Baptist Church of Jacksonville Florida.
In a YouTube video archived on the “Anti-NFIB Movement” website, pastor Boyle announces their plans to convene at Revival Baptist Church, located 25 miles from Orlando, on June 14-16, citing it as “their gay pride week in Orlando”.
It was on June 12, 2016, that 49 people were killed and 53 were injured in what was at the time the deadliest mass shooting in the US.
In the video, pastor Boyle cites several passages from the Bible including “what is crooked cannot be made straight” from Ecclesiastes 1:15. He is recalling the assosciation that “straight” means “heterosexual,” a meaning believed to have one its first uses by author G. W. Henry in 1941, according to Wikipedia.
In another video Boyle said he has received “thousands” of phone calls and emails since the announcement, all in support of the LGBT community.
“So it’s interesting,” Boyle said. “They are going to be out there protesting love, love, love — yet if we can make a compilation of the voicemails from these crowds, it’s all but love … They hate us, and I don’t have any qualms with saying I hate them.”