Kevin Swanson: Pastors Who Have Gay Children Must Resign

Rabidly anti-LGBTQ pastor Kevin Swanson declared on his radio show last month that if a pastor has a child who is gay, the only proper response is for that pastor to resign.

Swanson was responding to an old article written by a former pastor who said that if his children are gay, he’ll love them and “will pray for God to protect them from the ignorance and hatred and violence that the world will throw at them, simply because of who they are.”

Predictably, that did not sit well with Swanson, who infamously declared that if his own son were gay, he’d cover himself in cow manure and wail lamentations.

The proper response from a pastor who has gay children, Swanson said, “is sackcloth and ashes, tearing of the clothes, crying out to God for mercy” and repenting “that there is something terribly wrong with our family” and “that there is something terribly wrong in me.”

Having a gay child is a sign that “there may be something very, very wrong with the pastor himself,” Swanson said, expressing disbelief that “a man who thinks there is a possibility his kids could come out gay [would not] then not turn to himself and see there to be something of a problem with himself.”

“As a pastor, if your children turn out to be sinners,” he stated, “if it turns out they abandoned the faith while they are in the household, accused of riot and unruly debauchery, et cetera, within the household, you need to resign as a pastor.”