On his most recent “Pray In Jesus Name” program, “Dr. Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt added his voice to the never-ending Religious Right outrage over a proposed San Antonio anti-discrimination ordinance that would supposedly ban Christians for serving in public office or in any way working for the city.
It is all nonsense, of course, but that didn’t stop Chaps from attacking the proposal by saying that gays should be discriminated against … and citing Martin Luther King to prove it.
Klingenschmitt’s line of reasoning was so convoluted that even he couldn’t understand it, as he cited MLK’s famous “judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” line to assert that “if your heart is full of corruption or sin or immorality – in this case, homosexuality – then you should be discriminated against.”
But then, seeming to realize that the argument he was making that discrimination based on character is justified could just as easily be used against people who are anti-gay, Klingenschmitt ended up tying himself in knots:
“When these confusing statutes now try to redefine discrimination and say that you can no longer discriminate against character … that anyone who discriminates against character is guilty of discrimination and therefore ought to be discriminated against, they’re actually saying Martin Luther King himself ought to be punished for his views, and that’s not right.”