A conservative radio host and the president of the Southern Baptist Convention suggested recently that support of same-sex marriage and gay rights could be linked to North Korea's most recent threats against the United States.
Radio host Rick Wiles recently welcomed Southern Baptist Convention President Rev. Fred Luter onto his TruNews program on Wednesday, and both agreed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's threat to strike the U.S. could be connected to the most recent debate on same-sex marriage and the Boy Scouts' possible inclusion of gay members, according to Right Wing Watch.
During the program, Wiles pointed out that at the same time the Supreme Court is reviewing the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8, Kim is threatening the U.S. with a military strike. "Could the two be connected?" he asked Luter. "Could our slide into immorality be what is unleashing this mad man over here in Asia to punish us?"
Rev. Luter responded:
It could be a possibility, I’m not that strong in prophecy but I would not be surprised that there’s not a connection there simply because of the fact we’ve seen it happen in scripture before. I would not be surprised that at the time when we are debating same-sex marriage, at a time when we are debating whether or not we should have gays leading the Boy Scout movement, I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that we have a mad man in Asia who is saying some of the things that he’s saying.
In June, Luter was elected the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant group, the Washington Post reported.
He previously said he disagrees with President Barack Obama's stance on same-sex marriage, reasoning that God says such a union should be between a man and a woman. However, he did claim he had love for the gay community.
"God has specifically spoken about marriage," he told CNN after his election, denying any possibility he would fight for gay rights in his new position. "Marriage is between a man and a woman. That's biblical. No president ... no one can change that."
"I love all of us as believers. All of us love everybody, including those in the gay community," he went on to say. "We are going to embrace them as far as who they are, but we are also going to stand on biblical principals that God has already established."
Little is known about North Korea's stance on gay rights. However, as the Human Rights Watch notes, "There is no independent media, functioning civil society, or religious freedom." As many as 200,000 people are currently imprisoned in labor camps in the country.
(Hat tip, Mediaite)