An anti-gay pastor in Sioux City, Iowa is demanding the city remove a newly appointed member of its Human Rights Commission who told him "to burn in hell" three years ago.
Rev. Cary Gordon of Cornerstone World Outreach said in a blog post last week that Scott Raasch sent him "threatening, hateful, anti-religious, slanderous, and amoral" messages on Facebook in 2010.
According to Gordon, Raasch was upset by the campaign to remove three Iowa justices who "ignored the reality that the behavior of sodomy was criminalized under our constitution for nearly 200 years in American history" by ruling same-sex couples were allowed to marry.
Gordon had sent a letter to Iowa pastors in 2010 that compared the American Civil Liberties Union to Nazis and urged them to join a campaign to oust the Iowa justices despite laws against electioneering.
"You are haters and bigots and you will get what's coming to you sooner or later. I hope you rot in hell," Raasch wrote in one message. In another message, Raasch said Gordon and his family deserved to burn in hell.
"The sooner the better for our community! Now be a good little bigot and go break some more laws now so you can get more attention for your snake oil show," he wrote.
Raasch, who is gay, told the Associated Press he was sorry if Gordon and his family felt threatened. He said he was remorseful about the inflammatory remarks.
The Sioux City Human Rights Commission is tasked with investigating complaints of discrimination. Councilmembers Rhonda Capron and Tom Padgett have defended the appointment of Raasch to the commission, while Councilman John Fitch said he was concerned.
“Religion is one of the protected classes," Fitch explained. "He showed no regard for a pastor or a church and his beliefs."