Well Done, Reverend Phil Snider of the Brentwood Christian Church in Springfield, Missouri

In August 2012 in Springfield, Missouri, the city council held a public hearing on amending the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to include sexual-orientation and gender-identity protections. Reverend Phil Snider of the Brentwood Christian Church made a seemingly anti-gay speech in which he criticized making “special rights for gays and lesbians.” But after he spoke for a couple of minutes, he revealed that he was actually using quotations from speeches by white preachers from the 1950s and 1960s that advocated segregation. He had taken out the words “racial integration” and substituted the phrase “gay rights.” He then stated that he hoped that the city council would stand “on the right side of history.” What had seemed to be a speech against gay rights turned out to be a very effective speech against discriminating against gays and lesbians. (Recommended reading: What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality, by Catholic priest Daniel Helminiak.)

For Further Information: Reverend Phil Snider, “About the Springfield City Council Speech” WordPress. 20 October 2012

http://philsnider.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/city-council-speech/

Also: Neetzan Zimmerman, “Missouri Pastor’s Fiery Speech Against Equal Rights for Homosexuals Has Stunning Twist Ending.” Gawker. 19 October 2012

http://tinyurl.com/9x55s33

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Also: “Preacher Phil Snider gives interesting gay rights speech.” YouTube. 20 August 2012

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