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Hate-preacher: Parents who let trans kids get surgery should be "shot in the back of the head"
"There should be no excuse to not put these people to death," added New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist preacher Jason Graber
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In another disturbing livestream, Christian hate-preacher Jason Graber said that parents who let their transgender kids have gender reassignment surgery should be “shot in the back of the head.” Graber added that, afterwards, “we can string them up above a bridge… so that the public can see the consequences of that kind of wickedness.”
It comes shortly after Graber claimed public school teachers want to turn kids transgender in order to give them “a deep-seated hatred for God in their hearts.” (Spoiler: That’s not how any of this works.)
Graber is a preacher at Sure Foundation Baptist Church, a New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (New IFB) church in Spokane, Washington. He has previously called for the execution of gay people and believes teachers who allegedly “groom” students should be “taken out and shot in the back of the head.” (It’s a habit.)
He made the comments a few weeks ago during a sermon titled “In Defense of Children.”
… Any parents that would have their child have a transgender surgery done on them? Any parent that would do that? They just need to be shot in the back of the head. They need to be convicted in trial and immediately shot in the back of the head, okay? And then we can string them up above a bridge… so that the public can see the consequences of that kind of wickedness…
… So there should be no excuse to not put these people to death. No excuse whatsoever…
… Let me tell you, there are very, very few people out there in the world today that are actually fighting the spiritual fight. I want you to go ahead and find me another preacher in Spokane [that preaches] the message where they said that these child molesters, that these child butchers, that these f*gg*ts, all the LGBTQ people—people that desire strange flesh—that they should all be put to death in a public execution by the government. Find me the preacher that says that. I want to see him…
That last part references the fact that only New IFB preachers like himself and fellow hate-preacher Aaron Thompson deliver these kinds of sermons where they call for the government-sanctioned execution of anyone who’s either LGBTQ or helping them in a meaningful way.
To be clear, gender-affirming medical care usually does not involve surgery; when it does, it’s only after extensive consultation with doctors and certainly never on a whim. Before it ever gets to that point, LGBTQ Nation notes, trans kids and their parents “can choose to pursue further care with puberty blockers (which are reversible) and hormone replacement therapy.”
Gender-affirming surgery has been linked to reductions in psychological distress and suicidal ideation compared to trans people who wanted it but didn’t receive it. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health has said some surgeries ought to be permitted for trans children, and that denying those treatments would be “unethical and harmful” despite the potential risks, but such actions should only be considered after factoring in emotional maturity, parents’ consent, “longstanding gender discomfort,” and a psychological evaluation.
Graber makes it sound like trans kids ask their parents for surgery like other kids ask for a new video game, and their parents just cave in. That’s not how it works, and no doctors are performing those surgeries merely because trans kids and their parents request it.
The video in which Graber made these remarks is still up on YouTube weeks later (and the comments can be heard in context around the 45:41 mark):
As I’ve written many times before, the size of this guy’s church is irrelevant. What matters to New IFB preachers like Jonathan Shelley and Steven Anderson is their social media reach, which allows them to spread their hate-filled, faith-based messages to a much wider audience than they could ever get otherwise.
They’ve used that amplification to celebrate the deaths of murdered LGBTQ people, call on the government to execute homosexuals with a firing squad, spread Holocaust denialism, promote misogyny, and more. Anderson’s sermons have been so outrageously awful that 34 countries won’t allow him to step foot within their borders. In 2020, he began spreading misinformation about COVID, even urging his congregation (and YouTube viewers) to avoid any eventual vaccines.
All of that, he claims, is what the Bible commands.
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