Fox News radio host Todd Starnes over the weekend delivered a sermon encouraging Christians to fight back against same-sex marriage and transgender equality.
Speaking to Abilene Baptist Church in Augusta on Sunday, Starnes began by saying it was good to be back in the South where it was easy to find Waffle House and Chick-fil-A restaurants, which he argued was “the official chicken of Jesus.”
“I believe that the reason that God blessed America is because we know how to smoke a pork butt,” Starnes said, turning to the recent Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage.
“There is a war on religious liberty!” he bellowed. “And this war is not targeting people of the Muslim faith or the Jewish faith or the Hindu faith. This war on religious liberty is targeting people of the Christian faith.”
Starnes recalled “an incident involving twerking… Miley Cyrus committing this act of public debauchery.”
“And it was about that time Phil Robertson, one of my heroes of the faith from Duck Dynasty, did an interview with GQ magazine, and in that interview, Phil Robertson defended traditional marriage,” the Fox host observed. “Miley Cyrus, celebrated for her act of debauchery, but Phil Robertson castigated for for standing up for the Bible.”
According to Starnes, the government would begin criminalizing Christian beliefs in “just a few short years.”
“God hasn’t redefined anything!” he exclaimed to ‘Amens’ from the congregation. “If you think the cultural purging of the Dukes of Hazzard had been breathtaking in recent days, wait until you see what they’re about to do to Christians.”
Starnes was particularly outraged at that children were being taught about gender equality in Oregon.
“That there’s no such thing as male or female,” he said. “That you may wake up feeling like a boy, but by third period you might start feeling like a girl!”
“The time has come for all of us to stand together with one voice!” Starnes insisted. “They may demand to know the content of our prayers, they may try to shut down our bakeries, they may try to silence our voices, but we will not be silenced! We will not be intimidated!”
Watch the video below from WAGT, broadcast July 12, 2015.