A liberal transgender pastor compared the Nashville shooter Audrey Hales, a biological woman who identified as a male, to Jesus being betrayed and crucified on the cross.
Micah Louwagie, who was recently installed as the Pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota, delivered a sermon that appeared to excuse the actions of the transgender shooter by invoking the Biblical events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.
Louwagie first read the Biblical passage of Jesus Christ being crucified before bringing up the mass shooting in Nashville.
“Instead of focusing on ways this could’ve been prevented, such as gun control, a significant number of people have turned their attention to the shooter’s identity,” the pastor said.
“Some folks have tried to focus on eradicating trans people as a solution, because they have been waiting, just waiting for an opportunity such as this,” Louwagie said.
“They’ve been waiting for a reason, any reason to stoke their hatred,” the pastor added.
The pastor then used the sermon to compare transgender persons who are “betrayed” to Jesus’s disciples who fled when he was arrested.
“Marginalized folks, those of us with the least amount of privilege and power, they need those who have more privilege and power than they do to physically place their bodies between them and the people, powers and institutions that are literally killing them,” Louwagie said.
The pastor also compared the treatment of Jesus to politicians who make laws against drag shows and ban biological transgender males from competing in women’s sports.
“Those leaders were looking for any excuse, valid or not, to crucify Jesus and they found that reason…It’s baffling to me that someone’s existence can be so threatening, that people decide they need to be controlled, that they need laws made against them, or even worse, that the people that they find so threatening should die,” Louwagie remarked.
Louwagie even invoked the Holocaust and Japanese internment camps to push the message of transgender people being “marginalized.”
“Jesus did not die so violence could be perpetuated in God’s name. Jesus did not die for access to guns,” Louwagie says.
The ultra-woke, social-justice-themed Easter sermon was shared by the Twitter account “Woke Preacher Clips.”
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